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

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

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Joe on July 13, 2012, 13:04 GMT

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

  • Joe 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

  • Joe 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...

  • Anver 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 !!!!!!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Denis 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!!!!

  • steven 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

  • Sadiq 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

  • Carl on July 12, 2012, 22:06 GMT

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

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