West Indies v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, St Kitts

New Zealand search for a way through Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 10, 2012

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Chris Gayle hits a boundary to get to his 20th ODI century, West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Kingston, July 7, 2012
Chris Gayle has scored four consecutive fifty-plus scores against New Zealand © WICB

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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Posted by   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.

Posted by rofl 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 ..

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

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

Posted by typos 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/

Posted by BRUTALANALYST 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.

Posted by AKS286 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?

Posted by mrhamilton 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by Biren4u 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)

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

The biggest Issue for NZ is Gayle. They need to find a way of getting him out early. They need aggressive, wicket taking bowling option at the start of the game. Oram's bowling looks innocuous and he hasn't taken a single wicket in the first two games. So...

Guptill Nicol McCullum Williamson Flynn Watling NcCullum Bracewell Southee Mills Nethula

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Windies won australia series 3-2 without Gayle. NZ must consider other strategies..

Posted by vivek_khyati on (July 10, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

the plan nathan mccullum is talking about is fine.. but, is he sure of a place in playing 11 tomorrow?? new zealand shuffles its players so much, that there isnt any stability in the team.. that is probably one reason why kiwis have not done well for long.. they need to identify their best lot of players and stick to them.. latham got an eye injury before 2nd odi, who was the only batsman in spare as tweeted by ross taylor.. still, the fit brownlie was made to sit for latham.. why on earth did they bring brownlie to west indies if they dont have faith in him !!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

By golly, I have got the absolute , metaphysical certain Gayle solution for the New Zealanders. Get Hillary to order Mr. Gayle to genuflect everytime they see each other or face banishment, again. Heck Gayle will tell Hallary to go fly a kite in Siberia in January.

Posted by denessa on (July 10, 2012, 12:23 GMT)


Posted by gloriouscricket on (July 10, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

It is heartening to see the discussions surrounding the cricket are How do we get Cgayle out; How do we beat this Windies team? WI have good batting in Samuels, Smith, Bravo, Pollard & co. Simmons & Sammy will be a force to reckon with also, so NZ @ some point will get Gayle early only to see WI go over 300. I say we show no mercy, play as if you were behind in this series. Play hard, good solid cricket, It is time we won a series ODI & a Test series. It is good for The morale of the team, vindication. It is also good for the financial well being of WI cricket.

Posted by amclean on (July 10, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

"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". Excuse me, the series is not lost yet John. You owe it to the fans to field your best side.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (July 10, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

@satish619chandar, yes, Hire the England bowling Unit.

Posted by vak1997 on (July 10, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

Chris Gayle has changed the fortunes of all the teams he has played for since his exit from international cricket after the CWC 2011. remember he changed the fortunes of RCB in the IPL 2011. either Gayle or AB de villiers were the players who were the architects in RCB's victory in 2012 IPL. now, he's set to change the fortunes of West Indies...! go Gayle!! from your Indian fan!!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

new zealand should get inspiration by watching haka .if they do 25% of what the their rugby is doingsuch as intensity n love they can be world beaters like 80's westindies team n 90's 00's aus team

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 10, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

Is there any olution to Gayle? I think none on paper.. May be, good execution of basics on field would provide it.. But the new Gayle knows when to hit and when not to hit.. As we saw in recent games, it requires a good ball to get rid of him.. Not easy to get rash shot from him.. Prepared to wait as he knows he can make up anytime for the settling time..

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

He already have 5 consecutive fifty, dating back to the first one (53) against england.

Posted by punter-gilly-haydos-mcgrath-warne on (July 10, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

love you CH Gayle as you see I am an Aussie fan but you are my current best cricket entertainer!!! keep up the good work!!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 8:13 GMT)


Posted by proudcricketfan on (July 10, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

new zealand gotta get gayle out cheaply...that's the only way then can win...

Posted by Kokako on (July 10, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

As a Kiwi, I certainly acknowledge the supreme talent of Chris Gayle. I also respect the other members of this current West Indies line-up for that matter. HOWEVER, whether they are even being tested at the moment is debatable, given that NZ Cricket, in all it's infinite wisdom, has decided to send a totally unprepared team to take on a battle hardened W.Indies team!! Utterly ridiculous. This not only lets down NZ and it's supporters, but is highly disrespectful of the West Indies viewing public. I certainly wouldn't blame them for not forking out their hard earned cash to see these one-sided snore-fests!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

New Zealand isn't underestimating anyone. Gayle's been getting the Windies of to great starts and this has resulted in the rest of the batsmen to play freely. I'm not saying the rest of the batting line up doesn't have skill, they all do, but getting Gayle early will play a huge part in the match and also result in our bowling line up being able to maintain confidence.

Posted by mohammedafif36 on (July 10, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

i wish gayle luck. we want to see more sixes from you . GO GAYLE

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Just a quick question is gayle being considered for the test matches by the WICB ?

Posted by lazymouse on (July 10, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Even if they get gayle cheaply, we have a very strong batting line up which can post 300 + score vs newzeland, with this bowling line up kiwis will struggle to get even on victory.

Posted by shawnsundar on (July 10, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Go Windies!!! I knew once Caricome came into the equation things would change around.

Posted by anver777 on (July 10, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

My advance wishes to Gayle, for his 5th consecutive fifty on Wednesday !!!! a rare possibility of a clean sweep for WI.....

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

The West Indies batting is much deeper than New Zealand think,only a top order failure will reveal that

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