West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Kingston July 6, 2012

Can battered New Zealand survive?


Match facts

Saturday, July 7
Start time 0930 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

You haven't played together as a team for three months. Forget warm-up games, you arrive for a long tour in completely different conditions from home without even a camp for the entire squad. One of your best batsmen, also your first-choice wicketkeeper, who has already had a month's break, is "rested" for the limited-overs leg of the tour. After you get hammered in the Twenty20s, there emerge reports of his arriving sometime "midway" during the ODI series, but scarcely anyone has a clue when exactly he is expected to reach, while his side gets thrashed again in the first ODI.

Another of your top batsmen is trading blows in a boxing ring, an allrounder is busy playing domestic T20s in England, and to top it all, you have lost your regular captain to injury in the first match of the tour. Welcome to an ongoing demonstration on How Not To Approach A Cricket Tour, or New Zealand's tour of West Indies.

That they have managed to make fellow strugglers West Indies look like some dominating force says it all. It was expected that their batsmen would have no clue against Sunil Narine, but tackling slight swing and bounce was supposed to be no great task. Their batting has looked utterly incapable in Florida and in Jamaica so far. Ross Taylor is expected to be out for some time; Brendon McCullum is now expected to arrive on July 10*.

What can this tattered New Zealand side do to turn around what is quickly becoming a horror tour? For starters, they can pray for a halt to the injuries before they run out of 11 fit players.

West Indies must be overflowing with confidence. Albeit playing with one medium-pace allrounder too many, including the captain, they appear a powerful side in these conditions; wonder why they don't win more often. Can they find some consistency?

Form guide

West Indies WLLLW (completed games, most recent first)
New Zealand LLLLW

Watch out for...

New Zealand have to get Chris Gayle early. Three matches, three brutal fifties, three easy wins. At least that will ensure there is some sort of contest. At the moment, Gayle is just biffing straight sixes, without expression and with minimal follow-through.

The visitors have lacked the kind of starts Gayle has given West Indies. And have never recovered thereon. Martin Guptill has to somehow revive his Derbyshire form.

Team news

Barring injuries, West Indies should stick to the same XI which won by nine wickets on Thursday.

West Indies: (possible) 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Dwayne Smith, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Sunil Narine

Andrew Ellis joined the injury list in the first ODI. New Zealand have Doug Bracewell and Trent Boult available. It was an interesting decision to play legspinner Tarun Nethula ahead of the experienced offspinner Nathan McCullum on Thursday. Probably it was influenced by the fact that West Indies have only left-hander, Gayle, in the top nine. At least New Zealand have a few bowling options left. Wicketkeeper Tom Latham is the only batting replacement available in the squad, but last heard, he had cut his eye during training. If this wasn't actually happening, it would be tragi-comic.

New Zealand: (possible) 1 Rob Nicol, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Daniel Flynn, 4 Kane Williamson (capt), 5 Dean Brownlie, 6 BJ Watling (wk), 7 Jacob Oram, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Nathan McCullum/Doug Bracewell, 10 Tarun Nethula 11 Kyle Mills

Stats and trivia

  • New Zealand's nine-wicket loss in the first ODI was their heaviest defeat against West Indies (in terms of wickets) since January 1995
  • In 64 ODI innings, Dwayne Smith has batted all the way from the opening position to No. 9, barring No. 4.


    "We're not high in confidence at all and they are, so that's probably hurting us. We need to find it in the next game or two, otherwise the series will be gone before we even know it."
    BJ Watling, New Zealand's top-scorer in the first ODI, reveals their state of mind

    July 7, 2012, 06:20 GMT - The preview has been updated with Brendon McCullum's expected date of arrival in the Caribbean

    Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nicholas on July 7, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    And all I focus on in the scorecard is Lendl Simmons opening once again... WHY? Just don't get it, WI! Why!?

  • vivekanand on July 7, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    how can players survive the complete IPL and get injured while performing for national side???

  • Danny on July 7, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    The issue with NZ is not with the quality of their players but the administrators for allowing them to 1) undertake tours such as this, and b) allowing the players to dictate when and where they will play. NZ also put way too much emphasis on the comps coming up which is why James Franklin is still in England playing T20. With all due respect, the core of this team is still the one that beat Aus and the end of last year and pushed SA at home over the summer. Continually playing lower tier countries is a nonsence - NZ have never lost a test to either Bang or Zim though granted they did lose 4-0 to Bang in ODIs the last time they toured there. Remember, NZ recently battered Zim over the past summer here. Some also need to give it away (Oram is a broken man and can't stay on the pitch for a game let alone a series). Lastly, 2 test series do no one any good yet that is all NZ play now. Top tier, properly organised and prepared tours against the top teams is the answer here.

  • Cam on July 7, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Its been a tour of shambles really . Straight out of winter , no warmup matches , no pre team perperations. Oram in the side is rediculas. Neil Wagner not being there is stupid. Buchanan and Lawn Bowls man should be no where near the side. We had a great coach in Wrighty. Justin Vaughn is a twit of the highest order. No idea what he was thinking when bringing in Buchanan. Even Warny didnt lile Buchanan. NZ team has gone backwards since that historic win against Aus in Hobart. I dont think NZ will win a match. Bad time to be a Kiwi.

  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    It's simple: New Zealand don't play enough cricket. What was going on during the summer in NZ? You look at the top teams in world cricket right now and you see teams who are playing often in the international arena. Now is the time for the ICC to allow lower tier international teams to play the bottom 4 in the premier tier. Imagine if NZ were playing Ireland, the Netherlands, Namibia? No offense to Kiwis, but these would likely be a whole lot more competitive than many may think. This would allow these teams to test themselves against a top tier team while giving NZ players the practice they clearly so desperately need. NZ is sadly becoming a joke in world cricket and something needs to change. What happened to the team who used to punch above its weight? Instead they have a decent-ish player in Ryder literally punching while overweight.

  • Ruwantha on July 7, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Seriously Windiess fans need to realize that they will never get satisfied! I mean when Windies looses a match, they question Sammy's captaincy! When they do win still people are questioning Sammy's captaincy. Well GAYLE had gone through a groin injury and it would be a risk to bowl him. Don't you want to save him for the upcoming worldcup? And as for Dwayne Smith he got his batting together now, let him focus on that. Can you guys please enjoy the moment while it last? To be honest what we ( I am a diehard west indian fan) need is some consistency!

  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    i donot think so that wi side is not bad at all.looking at the side they are very balanse side.in bowling department they have so many options. many allrounders some parttimers. chris,smith.simons,bravo,marlon,pollard,russel,sammy all capble of bowling and batting.they can beat any team. and they should find another one to help narnie.and give roach many chanses will male him one of best fastest bowler and best bowler in modern era.in batting line up the problem is lack of consistancy.they should make their minds for that.and they should find another 2or3 striking fast bowlers.then they can try many strategies.for the best they will find the best.i donot think that tino best should play any longer for wi. one or two matches cannot prove that he is a good player.all the best windis from srilankan cricket fan

  • John on July 7, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    @regulator....Gayle and Dwayne Bravo were not playing against England....

  • Beau on July 7, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    The tone of some of these comments is pretty funny. There is no crisis here, just an example of poor planning. The early results were always likely to look like this. NZ coming off a break, without B. McCullum, while WI have been playing AUS & ENG, and have recently regained Gayle. If it wasn't 2-0, 1-0 right now, WI would have some tough questions to answer. That said, NZ need a better showing from here in, starting with getting Gayle out early. Might as well let Wagner or Boult have a go in tandem with Mills, who looks to be bowling well. Batting remains.... an issue. Guptill & Williamson are obviously key. N McCullum should play the next match, should have played the last.

  • Edwin on July 7, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Funny when the Windies getting beat(injuries or otherwise) all and sundry rejoice. Now we've won a few games and it's excuses excuses for NZ....smh.

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