West Indies v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, St Kitts July 12, 2012

'It's a great shift in momentum' - Williamson

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New Zealand's stand-in captain Kane Williamson hopes an improved performance with the ball and in the field during Wednesday's victory in St Kitts will be the catalyst for a turnaround in the side's fortunes for the rest of their Caribbean trip. But despite the 88-run win over West Indies, Williamson conceded New Zealand's batting still needed to lift in order for them to escape with a series win, with West Indies ahead 2-1.

Williamson said he was hopeful that captain Ross Taylor, who missed the start of the series due to a shoulder injury, could be considered for the fourth ODI on Saturday, which New Zealand must win to stay alive in the series. Even if Taylor is not passed fit, they should regain Brendon McCullum, who was originally to be rested for the one-day internationals but flew in to join the squad on Tuesday, although he didn't play in the victory.

Those potential inclusions will be tempered by the loss of BJ Watling, who suffered a leg injury during his innings of 40 and did not take the field during the West Indies innings. Watling was one of several men who made contributions for New Zealand, along with Rob Nicol (59) and Nathan McCullum (50), but Williamson said bigger scores would be needed in the remaining two games.

"It is promising but I think the batting is an area we need to look at in terms of turning those fifties, which are really starts, into bigger scores to make the difference in an innings," Williamson said. "That's somewhere that we're looking to improve on looking forward. It's nice to have Brendon in the camp and hopefully Ross is looking good for the next one. It was a real shame to lose BJ, who has been our stronghold in the batting order down at six."

New Zealand posted 249 for 9, having been sent in by Darren Sammy, and a solid performance in the field, including three run-outs and some sharp catching, meant West Indies were bowled out for 161 in the chase. McCullum, Jacob Oram and the debutant Trent Boult took two wickets each, and Williamson said it was a much improved effort from the side.

"It's a great shift in momentum, hopefully," he said. "Putting a few things into practice, lessons from the other games. It's nice to get a win in such a crucial game. I think the bowling performance was a little bit better executed in terms of the plans and what we wanted to achieve. Things went our way and hopefully that's the momentum shift we needed in the series.

"Those sort of matches where you must win and we showed that fight today, which was really important. It was nice to step up and win this match and keep the series alive through a really strong fielding and bowling effort."

Sammy said that having sent New Zealand in, he was happy with a chase of 250 at the halfway mark of the match, and he credited New Zealand's fielding as the key reason they claimed the win. However, West Indies can still wrap up the series if they win on Saturday, and Sammy said the players were already looking ahead to their next opportunity.

"New Zealand played really well. It was an off day for us," Sammy said. "We've already put it behind us and we're looking forward to Saturday, to get back to our winning start in the series. We've been playing some good cricket. We won't let one game dampen the spirit of the boys.

"They outfielded us today and they were much more positive in their approach. The guys felt we could restrict them to a low total. Chasing down 250 here, we should have gotten it. But they seemed to execute their plans much better today and they were really good in the field."

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  • Spokes007 on July 13, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    All young WI players must know their spot is contested in every match.

  • Spokes007 on July 13, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Here si my team.

    Gayle (Captain), Smith, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Adrian or Bravo, Bravo, Ramdin, Narain, Rampaul, Fidel/Russel

  • Spokes007 on July 13, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Momentum my foot. Where is Sarwan and Chnaderpaul, their one day avergare ois better than Gayle. Don't doubt my argument. I love Gayle. this is not questiuoning him, it is the West Indies board and management in general. Sarwan avergae is 43.41, Chanders 41.60 and Gayle 40.01; then you have a bunch of misfired, misfit who thiunk swinign the bat in any direction will give them a score to staye in the team. I'd say bring back these two guys and get them entrenched in the team before too long. Fire sammy he is wasting a bowlers spot, Gayle can take that spot. get a sold, experinced Sarwana and Chanders. I know WI is afarid these guys will prove themselevs and then...

  • anver777 on July 13, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Ross & Brendon's return may worry WI in the 4th match....... like to see 2/2 before Monday's game !!!!!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    The Windies seem not to have learned any lessons from the English tour and is continuing to select bits and pieces rather than specifically skilled players to do specific jobs. Windies batting lack specialist as we were clearly shown in England. Windies must consider at least five specialist batsmen for 50 over games. By that I mean players who are capable of defending their wickets and are able to accumulate runs without undue risk taking. If you are going to select Gayle & Smith as batsmen, your must surround them with players like Samuels Chanderpaul,Fudadin or Darren Bravo. Then we need at least 4 specialist bowlers Rampaul Narine. Best, Edwards and the like. Windes will not be able to seriously rival competent teams until they are able to select teams without the duality of (1) Sammy (2) Bravo (3) Pollard (4) Russell. One or at the most two of the above can only be accommodated.

  • on July 13, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    First of all WI did the wrong thing by sending NZ n take first knock n dont blame it on sammy we all who play cricket knows its not only the captain decision to say who bats or bowls first it's a collectve thing secondly rampaul bowled way too many overs bowling a whole hip of rubbish sammy could bowl gayle n also smith. ramdin should be dropped for the remaining two games n gve simmons the glove n also let him bat down de order. i also think smith should open with gayle seeing how gayle starts off slow with smith on de other end he wont be pressured into any harsh strokes. N windies win the toss n bat please

  • Sankofa on July 13, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    I don't know why everybody just jumped on gayl's back. WI gave Austrailia a good run withhout Gayle. I just think that they were too complacent and this works as an eye opener. Good game NZ but look out....WI is coming back with new focus!!!!

  • HadleeCrowe on July 13, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    hope about some kudos for NZ!!!!!!!!!!! THat was , albeit finally, a quality victory... was a great ball that got gayle ...sliding across him which is not southee's natural swing... he usually hoops it in to lefties... and great bowling performance all up. well played nz

  • Sadiqahmed on July 12, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Get rid of Simmons and take in Chanderpaul for ODIs. It's ridiculous to ignore the most dependable batsman out of one day when there is no true alternative. WI are now a good team but they must chose players wisely. They don't have the luxury of ignoring players in the class of Chanderpaul or even Sarwan in any form of the game. Sadiq

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 12, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Smith should open with Grampy. Forget Simmons and Charles for now at least...

  • Spokes007 on July 13, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    All young WI players must know their spot is contested in every match.

  • Spokes007 on July 13, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Here si my team.

    Gayle (Captain), Smith, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Adrian or Bravo, Bravo, Ramdin, Narain, Rampaul, Fidel/Russel

  • Spokes007 on July 13, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Momentum my foot. Where is Sarwan and Chnaderpaul, their one day avergare ois better than Gayle. Don't doubt my argument. I love Gayle. this is not questiuoning him, it is the West Indies board and management in general. Sarwan avergae is 43.41, Chanders 41.60 and Gayle 40.01; then you have a bunch of misfired, misfit who thiunk swinign the bat in any direction will give them a score to staye in the team. I'd say bring back these two guys and get them entrenched in the team before too long. Fire sammy he is wasting a bowlers spot, Gayle can take that spot. get a sold, experinced Sarwana and Chanders. I know WI is afarid these guys will prove themselevs and then...

  • anver777 on July 13, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Ross & Brendon's return may worry WI in the 4th match....... like to see 2/2 before Monday's game !!!!!!

  • on July 13, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    The Windies seem not to have learned any lessons from the English tour and is continuing to select bits and pieces rather than specifically skilled players to do specific jobs. Windies batting lack specialist as we were clearly shown in England. Windies must consider at least five specialist batsmen for 50 over games. By that I mean players who are capable of defending their wickets and are able to accumulate runs without undue risk taking. If you are going to select Gayle & Smith as batsmen, your must surround them with players like Samuels Chanderpaul,Fudadin or Darren Bravo. Then we need at least 4 specialist bowlers Rampaul Narine. Best, Edwards and the like. Windes will not be able to seriously rival competent teams until they are able to select teams without the duality of (1) Sammy (2) Bravo (3) Pollard (4) Russell. One or at the most two of the above can only be accommodated.

  • on July 13, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    First of all WI did the wrong thing by sending NZ n take first knock n dont blame it on sammy we all who play cricket knows its not only the captain decision to say who bats or bowls first it's a collectve thing secondly rampaul bowled way too many overs bowling a whole hip of rubbish sammy could bowl gayle n also smith. ramdin should be dropped for the remaining two games n gve simmons the glove n also let him bat down de order. i also think smith should open with gayle seeing how gayle starts off slow with smith on de other end he wont be pressured into any harsh strokes. N windies win the toss n bat please

  • Sankofa on July 13, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    I don't know why everybody just jumped on gayl's back. WI gave Austrailia a good run withhout Gayle. I just think that they were too complacent and this works as an eye opener. Good game NZ but look out....WI is coming back with new focus!!!!

  • HadleeCrowe on July 13, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    hope about some kudos for NZ!!!!!!!!!!! THat was , albeit finally, a quality victory... was a great ball that got gayle ...sliding across him which is not southee's natural swing... he usually hoops it in to lefties... and great bowling performance all up. well played nz

  • Sadiqahmed on July 12, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Get rid of Simmons and take in Chanderpaul for ODIs. It's ridiculous to ignore the most dependable batsman out of one day when there is no true alternative. WI are now a good team but they must chose players wisely. They don't have the luxury of ignoring players in the class of Chanderpaul or even Sarwan in any form of the game. Sadiq

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 12, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Smith should open with Grampy. Forget Simmons and Charles for now at least...

  • on July 12, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    A response to Rally-Windies about Simmons: his problem is not so much his average (which is low). His bigger problem is his strike rate, which is super slow. You just cannot win a match if you never lose your wicket but score no runs. The ability to know when to attack, how to attack, where to attack, and when to defend is what makes Gayle, and now Samuels, great batsmen. Simmons tentative style of batting is better suited for middle/lower order test matches, not opening ODI's. As for Charles, he isn't ready for this level of cricket. And neither of these guys have the flair and machismo that is needed in an opening batsmen in ODI's. We need guys that the opening bowler on the opposing team will really be thinking hard about as the ball leaved their fingers.

  • on July 12, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    point well proven that gayle is the front wheel of wi team any way it goes the back follow that was the problem when he was the captain and those use to write bad about chris he come and prove them wrong

  • on July 12, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    the script for this defeat was written well in advance. the new zealand coach john wright published it for the cricketing world to see. was it a dramatization of the script or else? only wicb and sammy can hold the answer.

  • Rally_Windies on July 12, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Abel Peters

    if averaging 37 in ODI cricket = abysmal failure ... then i guess Simmons, who is the WI topscorer in ODI cricket for 2011 is an abysmal failure ...

    hmmm.. and all those averaging less than him are even worse failures ...

    hmm,,

    I guess 2 or 3 bad games, trumps 2 years of consistent runs ...

    Simmons only crosses 50 in 25% of the ODI's he has played ...

    why do the selectors keep re-picking such a failure ?

    (the right question should be, why is simmons always dropped for charles, barath, powell and brathwaite )

  • on July 12, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Poor leadership skills from Sammy. He chose to bowl, and he used his bowling resources stupidly. Rampaul was already proven ineffective on this track, and it was clear that Russell and Narine were clicking to restrict the total. Sammy usually loses the toss in these circumstances, but the one time he wins to go first on a good batting track, he gives the other team the bat!His batting skills are weak, also. Coming in when he did, he should have guarded his wicket. He just seems to bash the ball and hope for the best. Pollard and Bravo are huge disappointments. The mindless and unintelligent approach they have to batting is hit or miss. If they were boxers they would be knocked out in the first round with this approach. Finally, congratulations to Chris Gayle! You have proven that you are a one man band. As you stand or fall, so goes the West Indies. Now I understand your frustration when you were the captain.

  • on July 12, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Correction of prior posting - last sentence:

    Interesting move by the selectors in their infinite lack of wisdom: They opted to replace Simmons, a consistently dismal failure, with Charles, an even worse batting nightmare. Now that Charles has lived up to his reputation as a failure, watch for the selectors to replace him with Simmons - a case of musical incompetents! Suggestion: If they cannot find anyone to support Gayle for an opening stand of any consequence, perhaps the answer to their dilemma is Chanderpaul. He may not be as flashy as Gayle but he, once an opener, can hold down one end while Gayle does his thing. Or else Adrain Barath, if fit, should be recalled. But going with Chanderpaul will not ONLY insure a more formidable batting line-up - it will mean representation by at least one Guyanese.

  • Ramcharitarvishal on July 12, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Firstly, I must congratulate NZ on showing WI how complacent they have become and secondly I must say poor decision making by D. Sammy. Sending NZ in first to bat on a ground that size and a pitch that flat was a BIG mistake by him and also coming to the end NZ innings how could you allow your most expensive bowler (Ravi) to continue bowling that rubbish when you had an economy rate of 2.80 after 8 overs. Poor on your side Sammy. Please buck up. I really looking forward to WI winning this series.

  • denessa on July 12, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    WE SEE THIS KIND OF PERFORMANCE FROM WINDIES TIME N TIME AGAIN WEN GAYLE OUT THINGS DOES GO HAY WIRE WITH THE REST TO FOLLOW...THE TEAM GAT TO STOP DEPEND ON GAYLE.......WE CAN SAFELY SAY THAT THE WINS THAT THE TEAM GOT SO FAR IN THIS SERIES IS ALL BECAUSE OF GAYLES PERFORMANCE.......N I GUESS FOR THE TEAM TO CLINCH THE SERIES GAYLE GAT TO GIVE AH NEXT MATCH WINING PERFORMANCE SATURDAY......

  • on July 12, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Interesting move by the selectors in their infinite lack of wisdom: They opted to replace Simmons, a consistently dismal failure, with Charles, an even worse batting nightmare. Now that Charles has lived up to his reputation as a failure, watch for the selectors to replace him with Simmons - a case of musical incompetents! Suggestion: If they cannot find anyone to support Gayle for an opening stand of any consequence, perhaps the answer to their dilemma is Chanderpaul. He may not be as flashy as Gayle but he, once an opener, can hold down one end while Gayle does his thing. Or else Adrain Barath, if fit, should be recalled. But going with Chanderpaul will not insure a more formidable batting line-up - it will mean representation by at least one Guyanese.

  • on July 12, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    congrats to NZ, I knew they will bounce back and even take the series,

  • on July 12, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    It is good that WI gets this grim reminder that Chris is so integral to them moving forward. It has long been something like this where if the "stars" fail to shine the side crumbles.

  • on July 12, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    wat eva one loss dosent mean anything much i am glad we lost a match a bit early under those circumstances that way it would get the guys a bit more serious on focusing on their roles without a start from Gayle. Plus we didnt play that bad was just some outstanding fielding from the Black Caps well Played Nz i hope the rest of the matches are competitive ones and not role overs like the first 4 .Come On WI we can still do it Show the rest of the world we are still becoming a better team despite what all the haters think.

  • aclarity on July 12, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Bravo and Sammy on the same team is disastrous. Two so called allrounders - one can hardly bowl and the other can hardly bat. One is captain the other is vice. The selectors are hopeless. Listen to Andy Roberts. You must pick bowlers to bowl otherwise any score you make a good team will get it. Solution: drop two of Bravo, Charles, Pollard, Sammy and Smith and pick a bowler and a batsman.

  • 777aditya on July 12, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    WI do not need to drop or chop or change anything - they just need to focus and the series is as good as won - at this stage, it is all in the mind for both teams

  • on July 12, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Once again the gap between a so called 'all-rounder' and the real one was on show.

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 12, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Atta boys Black Caps !!!!! Win some more will ya mateys ?!! haha. Good luck for the rest of the series.

  • koreann on July 12, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Great win by the Kiwis. Typical NZ victory where we just out play our opponent through sheer guts and determination when our backs are against the wall. This is one of the weakest sides we have fielded on paper but hopefully we can continue on from this win and not fold like we usually do when we have some expectations.

  • plow on July 12, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    PROOF, you get Gayle and the rest of the batting line up get scared. They just aren't good enough to win games without Gayle leading the way.

    NZ have got the momentum back now, and I don't think the West Indies have got it to get that momentum back. Series win to NZ

  • TrickyKid on July 12, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    A couple of warm up games could have made all the difference to the state of the series... although one swallow a summer does not make.

  • on July 12, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    If Gayle doesn't get going, the the whole of WI batting lineup is vulnerable. Getting NZ to come back from 2-1 down is a long shot but not impossible. WI just need to win one of the last two games to not let the opportunity slip as they did against Australia. This is a reminder that WI are still beatable. Well done NZ.

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  • on July 12, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    If Gayle doesn't get going, the the whole of WI batting lineup is vulnerable. Getting NZ to come back from 2-1 down is a long shot but not impossible. WI just need to win one of the last two games to not let the opportunity slip as they did against Australia. This is a reminder that WI are still beatable. Well done NZ.

  • TrickyKid on July 12, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    A couple of warm up games could have made all the difference to the state of the series... although one swallow a summer does not make.

  • plow on July 12, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    PROOF, you get Gayle and the rest of the batting line up get scared. They just aren't good enough to win games without Gayle leading the way.

    NZ have got the momentum back now, and I don't think the West Indies have got it to get that momentum back. Series win to NZ

  • koreann on July 12, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Great win by the Kiwis. Typical NZ victory where we just out play our opponent through sheer guts and determination when our backs are against the wall. This is one of the weakest sides we have fielded on paper but hopefully we can continue on from this win and not fold like we usually do when we have some expectations.

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 12, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Atta boys Black Caps !!!!! Win some more will ya mateys ?!! haha. Good luck for the rest of the series.

  • on July 12, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Once again the gap between a so called 'all-rounder' and the real one was on show.

  • 777aditya on July 12, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    WI do not need to drop or chop or change anything - they just need to focus and the series is as good as won - at this stage, it is all in the mind for both teams

  • aclarity on July 12, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Bravo and Sammy on the same team is disastrous. Two so called allrounders - one can hardly bowl and the other can hardly bat. One is captain the other is vice. The selectors are hopeless. Listen to Andy Roberts. You must pick bowlers to bowl otherwise any score you make a good team will get it. Solution: drop two of Bravo, Charles, Pollard, Sammy and Smith and pick a bowler and a batsman.

  • on July 12, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    wat eva one loss dosent mean anything much i am glad we lost a match a bit early under those circumstances that way it would get the guys a bit more serious on focusing on their roles without a start from Gayle. Plus we didnt play that bad was just some outstanding fielding from the Black Caps well Played Nz i hope the rest of the matches are competitive ones and not role overs like the first 4 .Come On WI we can still do it Show the rest of the world we are still becoming a better team despite what all the haters think.

  • on July 12, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    It is good that WI gets this grim reminder that Chris is so integral to them moving forward. It has long been something like this where if the "stars" fail to shine the side crumbles.