West Indies v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, St Kitts July 10, 2012

New Zealand search for a way through Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff

It might be a case of stating the bleeding obvious, but the New Zealand allrounder Nathan McCullum knows there is one simple way his side can get back into the series against West Indies. Get Chris Gayle out cheaply. Perhaps "simple" is the wrong word, for Gayle has demolished New Zealand in all four matches on this tour so far, scoring 85 not out and 53 in the two Twenty20s, and 63 not out and 125 in the one-day internationals.

Gayle has had support from Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels and Kieron Pollard, but none of them have terrorised New Zealand with the same consistency as Gayle. In the third ODI in St Kitts on Wednesday, Gayle has the chance to score his fifth consecutive fifty-plus score for West Indies across all formats, something he has never before achieved, and if he manages it West Indies will be well on the way to taking an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the one-day internationals.

"At the end of the day we've just got to get him out. We've got some plans in place that we're pretty sure are going to work," McCullum told reporters in St Kitts. "Let's hope they do, but we're determined to take his wicket and get them under pressure at the top of the order.

"We've just got to win. We've got to be determined to win and find any way possible. We've got to take more wickets, burn through their top order and see what their bottom order has got under pressure, and if we bat first we've got to score hundreds and put big partnerships and big runs on the board."

That part of the equation will become a little easier if Brendon McCullum, who was initially rested for the limited-overs games but is being flown in early due to injuries in the squad, joins the side for the third ODI. However, the New Zealand coach John Wright said it remained to be seen whether McCullum, who arrives in St Kitts less than 24 hours before the start of Wednesday's game, would be considered.

"We'll see how he feels," Wright told New Zealand reporters. "It's a long journey, but that may be a little bit tight."

The left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult could come into contention to make his ODI debut on Wednesday as New Zealand search for a way to bolster an attack that has taken only six wickets in the first two matches. The West Indies captain Darren Sammy said his focus was simply to secure the series win as soon as possible, which would end a four-year drought in which West Indies have not won an ODI series against anyone but Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and the ICC associates.

"Since we started off the series in Florida we've been playing some really good cricket," Sammy said. "It's good to see that we've been consistently good in whatever we've been doing. We're just looking to continue again. Wednesday will be a chance to clinch the series, so we're looking to do that."

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  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Chris Gayle sets the pace for the West Indies team,West Indies has won handsomely with Chris Gayle at the top,we need his presence in the team ,nobody can deny that.

  • Cricinfouser on July 11, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    NZ (and other teams too) must some how get Hilaire to continue as WICB ceo.. that will surely chase Gayle out of WI team..or wait till gayle retires which can take another 8-9 years ..

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    You fool yourself if you think that WI are solely dependent on gayle. WI played Aus WITHOUT Gayle and should have won the ODI series 4-1. If Gayle fails someone else will step up. NZ should stop trying to belittle WI as a one-man team and get their act together.

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    nz should open the bowling with their spinners,might put gayle under pressure

  • harvey on July 10, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Is there any way back in for Sarwan, given the form he is in and his experience and class, surely he could help this batting line up if managed properly/

  • o on July 10, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    SMITH better be opening this time and for the remainder of the series and future ODI aad T20's as Simmons is not up to it, he is a waste in the 11 unless he is keeping wicket.

  • Anupam on July 10, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    OMG WI vs NZ clash of the titans. NZ very fast team who build their team just before 1 month of the world cup and their players play 1 or 2 matches and get injury for a year. WI the after thought team. don't know what to do?

  • anthony on July 10, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    A new team playing more mature hungry chris gayle in this kind of form, with his IPL henchmen Pollard , Smith Dwayne Bravo and samuels seemingly motivated and determined to do well for the windies we may FINALLY FINALLY had the missing ingrediants to add to the impressive new windian regime under sammy and gibson. Hell if the even more dysfunctional and poorly performing (relative to their talent) PAKISTAN can put a run like the last 18 months together. than this windian team may just be able to do the same. In tests in particular a team of Gayle,Smith,Samuels Bravo jnr,Chanderpaul,Bravo jnr, Sammy,Ramdin,Rampaul,Roach, Best or Edwards and either narine or bishoo whenneeded should finally start getting results . Beating NZ would be a good start as sadly the aussie and england series came perhaps 6 months too early.

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Llol...boys...it will be more tough for the others too..they have to first find a strategy to keep Dr. Hillaire in the WICB and then chase Gayle out..and then plan to win...and since Dr. is leaving its all better to get bashed out..and let them take advantage rather putting up silly strategies to add insult to injuries

  • Chauhan on July 10, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Why simmons playing) n whts does ramdin do?,he should open guys .... wi team should b like ramdin,gayle,smith,samules,bravo,pollard,sammi,russel,narine,rampoal,bishoo(against nz u should have two spinners)

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