West Indies v New Zealand, 4th ODI, St Kitts July 15, 2012

I bowled quick and I got wickets - Best

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Two West Indies bowlers spearheaded the successful defence of 264 in the fourth ODI in St Kitts, allowing the home side to clinch the series with a game to spare. Tino Best was playing his first game of the series and bowled with buster, hitting nearly 150 kph and taking four wickets. Sunil Narine was parsimonious, slowing down New Zealand's run-rate, especially at the death, even though they had Ross Taylor batting on a hundred.

"I love this feeling ... winning feels good ... really, really good," Best said after the 24-run victory. "We were made to work hard for this win and I'm happy I played a crucial role in bowling the team to victory. I bowled quick and I got wickets. That's the job of a fast bowler."

Best struck in the first over, beating Martin Guptill with pace to trap the batsman lbw, but his initial three-over spell cost 23 runs. Rob Nicol hit him for two sixes, a streaky slash over third man and a clean strike over long-on.

"I went for a few [runs] in my opening spell and I knew I had to hit back second time around. I had a chat with captain Darren Sammy and he told me it's better to bowl the ball 'flat' side rather than look to hit the seam. I took his advice and it worked," Best said. "I was up on pace and I knew once I got the ball in the right areas I could make it quite difficult for the batsmen."

Best's second spell was more economical, and included a maiden over to the well-set Taylor. His third and fourth contained the wickets of Nathan McCullum, Jacob Oram and Taylor, which ended hopes of a New Zealand victory. In his last six overs, Best conceded no boundaries. His figures of 4 for 46 were the second best of his 14-ODI career, spread over eight years.

"I must say it was great the way the crowd got behind me and the team and urged us on," Best said. "They came here today expecting us to win and we gave them something to celebrate."

The Man-of-the-Match award, however, did not go to Best, but to Narine for his spell of 10-1-20-2. New Zealand had reached 61 for 2 before Narine was introduced in the 10th over. The effect was immediate. During his first spell, Narine dismissed Kane Williamson and dragged New Zealand back. By the end of his first six overs, Narine had figures of 1 for 8 and the visitors were 85 for 4 after 20.

"Normally, when I go onto the field I look at the scoreboard and see what is required of me," Narine said. "Sometimes it requires me to be attacking, other times I just have to keep the pressure on. Today I tried to keep my composure and build the pressure. We got wickets at key stages and the pressure mounted on them."

Narine's second and last spell was during the final ten overs, when Taylor was threatening to pull off a superb chase. When he came on in the 42nd over, New Zealand needed 76 with Taylor on 74 and Jacob Oram on 2. Narine conceded five in that over, and after Taylor took Andre Russell for 21 runs in the 43rd, Narine pulled it back again for West Indies by giving away only two in the 44th. Not even Taylor could score off Narine and the control he exerted in the final overs of the chase was a significant difference between the two attacks.

"We wanted to win on Wednesday and seal the series, but we ended on the wrong end, so it was very important that we rebounded today and finish off the job," Narine said. "There was a great deal of effort today. We had to dig deep to come up with this win, and that made it feel that much better. To win a series at home is special. Tino kept running in and I knew my job was to remain accurate and build the pressure on the batsmen.

"We don't want to stop here. We want to come back on Monday and look for another victory. Everyone knows that 4-1 would look a lot better than 3-2, so we will be going for that."

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  • on July 16, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    A lot of comments are going out to individual players but the one player I have not heard mentioned is Devon Thomas. His crucial innings in partenership with Pollard set the right tone for Sammy and Russell to launch at the end. Congrats Devon.

  • everfaithful77 on July 16, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS Windies on a hard-fought victory! I was most pleased with the PASSION & FIGHTING SPIRIT displayed by the team. It was truly a TEAM effort and this augurs well for the upcoming T20 WC. The efforts of SAMUELS, POLLARD, BEST & NARINE were OUTSTANDING. However we cannot overlook the WEAKNESSES that must be dealt with before we can beat the top teams in ODI cricket. With the exception of GAYLE, SAMUELS and POLLARD the batting up to no.6 is very shaky. ODI's require more STEADY BATTERS who can bat for several overs and also be agressive when needed. Without the SENSIBLE batting of Samuels, Pollard and lower order at 59/4 WI could have ended up like the 3rd ODI at 95/7 & 161 all out. Simply adding CHANDERS & CARTER makes a big difference. Most bowlers are too WAYWARD and EXPENSIVE. Also too many BOUNDARY RIDERS are deployed out of POWER-PLAY overs allowing opp to BREAK SHACKLES built up during PP. Eg NZ scored only 9 runs in PP overs 15-20 but over 60 runs in overs 21-34.

  • on July 16, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    They need three batsmen who can, when required, bat 50 overs. Now, they have Gayle and Samuels. Up the order, the Windies need Darren Bravo back - perhaps as an opener - in place of Dwayne Smith.

  • leabertshaw on July 16, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    I am so impressed with the speed and accuracy that Tino Best bowled with during his second spell,right away the late great Malcolm marshall comes back to mind, just to show everybody that all these guys need is just proper corrective coaching whenever they are doing something the wrong way,thanks to skipper Sammy for instructing Tino to stop using the seam of the ball and to use the flatside instead and we all see it paid off,stay focussed Tino and do not let anybody rent space in your head because you have the potential to be a fearsome and successful fast bowler.

  • on July 15, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain These days their pitches r slow. Even the traditionally fast Jamaica and Barbados r slow these days. Imho it's that,and the exodus of the really tall young guys (like Ambrose, Walsh and Garner for example) to American basketball that has damaged WI cricket.

  • on July 15, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Narine deserved every inch of that MOM. The 44th over to Taylor brought down the curtains, it was just superb bowling. Tino bowled well. Bravo is a wicket taker but most time he is too expensive. On another issue, why do the selectors think that Barath is not an ODI batter? In my view he is the perfect ODI opener. He scores quickly, he has all the strokes, so why persist with Johnson? If not Smith & Gayle, it should be Barath & Gayle. Think about it.

  • no.1_multicultural_team on July 15, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Great to see wi team coming up it is good for cricket

  • on July 15, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Great job guys! A well-earned and hard-fought victory. Particulaly refreshing was Pollard's maturity with the bat. That holding- then-exploding job was well done by Pollard and Thomas. Imran and Inzamam in partnership for Pakistan in a World Cup proved it's effectiveness many moons ago (who remembers that?).Samuel's innings was pure class. Good cameos by Sammy and Russel. However, there were still too many dot balls -188 is unacceptable.Rotate the strike PLEASE! Narine's control was commendable for one so young and inexperienced. He can only improve.Oh Tino! Big respect man-all heart and commitment. A lesson for all Never give up! Iagree with Captain Sammy 4-1 is better than 3-2. Go for the jugular! WI pride is at stake.

  • robert-winworld-cricket-fan on July 15, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    at long last! Look who have had the most impact - gayle, samuels, pollard, narine - where are the boyz brought thru by Otis - n then add chanders and sarwan for the tests - what a contrdiction?

  • citizenkc on July 15, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Congrats, Windies. Good to see you guys winning. This is a formidable young team, one I'm backing to do really well in 2015. A few changes may be in order, however. Bravo needs to be tried as an opener; he could do what Cook does for England--I also see him as a future captain. Here, then, is my team:

    Gayle, Bravo, Smith, Samuels, Pollard, Bravo, Russell, Sammy, Ramdin, Roach, and Narine.

    The bowling unit is looking terrific--waiting in the wings are Edwards, Rampaul, Best, Bishoo, and Shillingford, all of whom have played for WI. Rookies like Johnson, McClean, and Permaul await. What WI needs to be back at the top again are a couple of solid batsmen.

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    A lot of comments are going out to individual players but the one player I have not heard mentioned is Devon Thomas. His crucial innings in partenership with Pollard set the right tone for Sammy and Russell to launch at the end. Congrats Devon.

  • everfaithful77 on July 16, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS Windies on a hard-fought victory! I was most pleased with the PASSION & FIGHTING SPIRIT displayed by the team. It was truly a TEAM effort and this augurs well for the upcoming T20 WC. The efforts of SAMUELS, POLLARD, BEST & NARINE were OUTSTANDING. However we cannot overlook the WEAKNESSES that must be dealt with before we can beat the top teams in ODI cricket. With the exception of GAYLE, SAMUELS and POLLARD the batting up to no.6 is very shaky. ODI's require more STEADY BATTERS who can bat for several overs and also be agressive when needed. Without the SENSIBLE batting of Samuels, Pollard and lower order at 59/4 WI could have ended up like the 3rd ODI at 95/7 & 161 all out. Simply adding CHANDERS & CARTER makes a big difference. Most bowlers are too WAYWARD and EXPENSIVE. Also too many BOUNDARY RIDERS are deployed out of POWER-PLAY overs allowing opp to BREAK SHACKLES built up during PP. Eg NZ scored only 9 runs in PP overs 15-20 but over 60 runs in overs 21-34.

  • on July 16, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    They need three batsmen who can, when required, bat 50 overs. Now, they have Gayle and Samuels. Up the order, the Windies need Darren Bravo back - perhaps as an opener - in place of Dwayne Smith.

  • leabertshaw on July 16, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    I am so impressed with the speed and accuracy that Tino Best bowled with during his second spell,right away the late great Malcolm marshall comes back to mind, just to show everybody that all these guys need is just proper corrective coaching whenever they are doing something the wrong way,thanks to skipper Sammy for instructing Tino to stop using the seam of the ball and to use the flatside instead and we all see it paid off,stay focussed Tino and do not let anybody rent space in your head because you have the potential to be a fearsome and successful fast bowler.

  • on July 15, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain These days their pitches r slow. Even the traditionally fast Jamaica and Barbados r slow these days. Imho it's that,and the exodus of the really tall young guys (like Ambrose, Walsh and Garner for example) to American basketball that has damaged WI cricket.

  • on July 15, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Narine deserved every inch of that MOM. The 44th over to Taylor brought down the curtains, it was just superb bowling. Tino bowled well. Bravo is a wicket taker but most time he is too expensive. On another issue, why do the selectors think that Barath is not an ODI batter? In my view he is the perfect ODI opener. He scores quickly, he has all the strokes, so why persist with Johnson? If not Smith & Gayle, it should be Barath & Gayle. Think about it.

  • no.1_multicultural_team on July 15, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Great to see wi team coming up it is good for cricket

  • on July 15, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Great job guys! A well-earned and hard-fought victory. Particulaly refreshing was Pollard's maturity with the bat. That holding- then-exploding job was well done by Pollard and Thomas. Imran and Inzamam in partnership for Pakistan in a World Cup proved it's effectiveness many moons ago (who remembers that?).Samuel's innings was pure class. Good cameos by Sammy and Russel. However, there were still too many dot balls -188 is unacceptable.Rotate the strike PLEASE! Narine's control was commendable for one so young and inexperienced. He can only improve.Oh Tino! Big respect man-all heart and commitment. A lesson for all Never give up! Iagree with Captain Sammy 4-1 is better than 3-2. Go for the jugular! WI pride is at stake.

  • robert-winworld-cricket-fan on July 15, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    at long last! Look who have had the most impact - gayle, samuels, pollard, narine - where are the boyz brought thru by Otis - n then add chanders and sarwan for the tests - what a contrdiction?

  • citizenkc on July 15, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Congrats, Windies. Good to see you guys winning. This is a formidable young team, one I'm backing to do really well in 2015. A few changes may be in order, however. Bravo needs to be tried as an opener; he could do what Cook does for England--I also see him as a future captain. Here, then, is my team:

    Gayle, Bravo, Smith, Samuels, Pollard, Bravo, Russell, Sammy, Ramdin, Roach, and Narine.

    The bowling unit is looking terrific--waiting in the wings are Edwards, Rampaul, Best, Bishoo, and Shillingford, all of whom have played for WI. Rookies like Johnson, McClean, and Permaul await. What WI needs to be back at the top again are a couple of solid batsmen.

  • on July 15, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Sammy seems to be the most underrated Captain and much maligned player... for no apparent reason!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 15, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    @Yocas (post on July 15 2012, 13:18 PM GMT): it's all or nothing with Gayle usually, so I don't think (many) people will comment about him much in games like this. What I don't understand is why WI keep messing around with the opening pair. It's great to see WI on the rise; after the drubbing in England, some fans were losing hope...

  • mancricbd on July 15, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    I am very happy with the win. Those who talk about pollard and sammy I think they got their ans. what else sammy can do to win a match. but still ppl questioning him. No on talks about the useless dwayne bravo. who is utterly useless anyway but why he is an automatic pick. Russell needs to play in the place of Bravo and he needs to work on his bowling a little. I think the way he hold the ball is wrong and batsman can easily see that. But neverthless Bravo should go ..........we dont want to see him. He is highly rated for no reason. He simply does not want to play anything apart from t20. What a useless .......after playing over 10 yrs still averaging 22. He should go and we need Sarwan to come back in his place.

  • yocasi on July 15, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Great win for skipper Sammy & the boys. Interestingly, I don't see any comments about Gayle's failure and Sammy's leadership/contribution. Let's make it 4-1 & 2-0!

  • TeamSelector on July 15, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    I know he bowled extremely well, but do you guys think Narine deserved the MoM award ...... or should it have been given to Tino Best or Ross Taylor ???

  • gloriouscricket on July 15, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    A note to Mr.Smith--Your season is ending too quiet, you still have time to make the selectors go back to the drawing board, there is a test series to be played, consistency goes a long way to ensure your selection Dwayne, you are still in the team.lift your game man.If you can be succesfull in ODI, you can play@ the highest level.

  • on July 15, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Congrats WI, great series win.I do hope we can win the final match and make the series win emphatic. A special congrats to Sunil, for his fine bowling performances thru out the series. There is nothing mystical about his bowling, he is just a very accurate & disciplined bowler. Also, it was encouraging to see Pollard stepping up to the plate. Maybe too early to say much about Thomas, but he looks a promising prospect. All the best WI.

  • on July 15, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    @praveen4honestremark The IPL does not teach any1 to 'build an innings'. If anything the IPL should be partially blamed for previous failures, instead of cited as a reason for this success.

  • gloriouscricket on July 15, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    WI have done their fans proud by winning the ODI against NZ, I,M yet to see comments from Asiba, Vivfan & co. Maybe like me , they are tired emotionally drained;The loss to England & Australia still lingers.NZ despite the talk is a formidable adversary for the WINDIES, they didn,t roll over, we earned our victories.The team won without a big score from the "Big Man" this is interested, we can debate it forever.I state before, the batting must be around Samuels & the young lions, Bravo & Barath. Gayle & Chanderpaul the world knows of their capabilities, Bravo, Barath, Powell & Edwards needs MSamuels to lead the way;he must show the leadership qualities that are expected of him,Marlon Iam personally calling on you to add those 100s that you have been holding unto; Butts & Gibson expects great things from you, be a unifying force.The bowling needs three genuine quickies,we have them , play them.Marlon your future is in your hands,I expect you to move to the top of the class.blessings.

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

    Always room for improvement, but WIndies showed great fight in this game. Well done good win WIndies.

    And to plow reference your post of July 12 2012 03.30 GMT. 'PROOF' ? Gayle went early WIndies still made a competitive score are 3-1 up and have won the series. What do you say now??

  • lankan_style on July 15, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Well get rid of Jhonson. He should be dropped so, he will really value his place in the team. Let him compete with Dwayne Smith for the opening spot. Plus there is Adrian Barath for that spot as well. Hate to state this but way too many all rounders and they all are pinch hitters. Can't question captain's place because he is the only guy who puts 200% there out on the field. Well Johnson's place should be filled with Roach. Then, Roach + Best/Rampaul/Edwards + Narine/Taylor = latest best bowling trio!

  • on July 15, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Are West Indies pitches fast or slow?

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 15, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Exactly SNIFF and he caused some real problems for the English at times but the other end was bowling medium garbage lets batsman of the hook we just need a pack in the side and cut out some of the all rounders A.K.A nowhere men, with Sammy captain there is only place for one other of them in a test side. Best ( raw pace) was always going to cause this Kiwi 11 trouble even more so in the first games when they were without the experience of Taylor poor selection leaving him out, A Russell does not cut it as a strike bowler just as D Bravo and Pollard we cannot afford all these guys in the 11 when Sammy is also captain ! yes they are good all-rounders but we need specialist bowlers. WICB also need to work at gettin our pitches back like Barbados so we actually feel we are playing at home most the grounds now resemble Asian tracks this needs to be made priority as our home series v India and Bangladesh recently may as well have been away tours !

  • on July 15, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    I'm a West Indian but has anyone noticed that Narine's figure always look better than the way we see him bowl? To be perfectly honest he's not a 10 overs for 20 runs bower- he's not that good and the strong English batsmen showed it. I think he's doing well because of all the hype which surrounds him and batsmen are falling for the hype being too careful and looking for balls that just aren't there. His strongest suite is that he has great control but I cant see him getting any test wickets. I wish him all the best though but i'm just calling it as i see it.

  • scottyg on July 15, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    praveen4honestremark, how does the IPL teach you to build an innings??? pollard comes in with about 10 overs to go and has to go for it for Mumbai. It is T20 cricket, and if you build an innings you are called slow!

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 15, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Narine was brilliant though, 2 runs from the 44th over to Taylor after he blasted Russel was pivotal ! none of the Kiwis are able to pick him even after 4 games, I imagine he's going to be a real handful in the Test series.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 15, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    SIRSOBERS...

    If only we were selectors...

    Roach, Best and Johnson for the first test XI is what I say. When Best bowled yesterday, it was clear once again how genuine pace ALWAYS takes wickets. Guys like Reon King and Fidel Edwards had it, but for different reasons didn't manage to provide the thrust which the team needed. Hopefully, Roach, who I agree has been superb, the refreshing Best and youngsters like Delorn Johnson, Kevin McClean and the giant Jason Holder can step up and provide that incisiveness that we need. I will never forget how Tino smashed his way back into the team with his incredible innings during the final test in England, but the "Best" part of it for me, was the way that immediately came out and bowled at 90mph plus. He loves bowling fast, and his greatest strength is his passion for it. I hope that he, like Marlon Samuels, is a late bloomer and stays in the team for a while. It's what we Windies fans want to see, and what the cricket world needs-PACE LIKE FIRE!

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 15, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    I want to see W.I pace attack not these slow all rounders with Rampaul leading the attack it's a a joke. W.I need a full pack to hunt Roach has been brilliant in past few yrs but alone is not backed up you need a PACK and someone equally as dangerous keeping pressure at the other end. Now ROACH is back form injury I want to see at least Best and Roach playing together this series and seeing how he goes in the warm up game the young Left arm Pace of Johnson with either Rampaul or Edwards backing it up. Also good to see Jerome Taylor may be able to get back in the mix this is what W.I need Packs of pace and competition fo rplaces.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 15, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Finally Gibson picked BEST I was calling for his selection all series what a game getting Guptill for a duck gettin N McCullum early then cleaning up the dangerous Oram's stumps to finish with Taylor's prized wicket ! was my Man OF The Match for sure.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 15, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Congratulations WI team. I can tell there is lot of change in attitude in Pollard's game which was not seen before. He is learning to build innings. I can give the credit to IPL, where you learn to build innings and play with team and that intense competition brought good change in Pollard.I also see change is Gayle and Bravo attitude too after IPL. It's the magic of IPL. If you use IPL as platform it will benefit you many ways like this. But at the same time you should be careful of injuries and niggles which you should never hide and play in IPL.Because this Intense game came hurt your body so much till months and that's why people say IPL is killing players. It is like this, if you can use it wise it does wonders, but if you just play and play unfit there it hurts you in International arena for months.

  • lenedwards96yahoo.co.uk on July 15, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Good win by the WIndies but there is vast room for improvement. With Gayle, Charles, Samuels and Smith, its either 6,4 or nothing, their running between the wickets is amateurish. Best, Russell and Bravo bowled too short and the fielding of Samuels and Russell was totally lamentable. What WIndies fans have to understand is that these unprofessional traits will be exposed by better sides than NZealand in the future.

  • spanishwestindian on July 15, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Magnificent win by Windies. Congrats to all the boys. They all played well after Gayle's failure. Sometimes the best batsman can dominate the minds of his own team as well as the opposition's, hence the failure of the team last Wednesday. In the past it quite often happened with Viv Richards.

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  • spanishwestindian on July 15, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Magnificent win by Windies. Congrats to all the boys. They all played well after Gayle's failure. Sometimes the best batsman can dominate the minds of his own team as well as the opposition's, hence the failure of the team last Wednesday. In the past it quite often happened with Viv Richards.

  • lenedwards96yahoo.co.uk on July 15, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Good win by the WIndies but there is vast room for improvement. With Gayle, Charles, Samuels and Smith, its either 6,4 or nothing, their running between the wickets is amateurish. Best, Russell and Bravo bowled too short and the fielding of Samuels and Russell was totally lamentable. What WIndies fans have to understand is that these unprofessional traits will be exposed by better sides than NZealand in the future.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 15, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Congratulations WI team. I can tell there is lot of change in attitude in Pollard's game which was not seen before. He is learning to build innings. I can give the credit to IPL, where you learn to build innings and play with team and that intense competition brought good change in Pollard.I also see change is Gayle and Bravo attitude too after IPL. It's the magic of IPL. If you use IPL as platform it will benefit you many ways like this. But at the same time you should be careful of injuries and niggles which you should never hide and play in IPL.Because this Intense game came hurt your body so much till months and that's why people say IPL is killing players. It is like this, if you can use it wise it does wonders, but if you just play and play unfit there it hurts you in International arena for months.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 15, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Finally Gibson picked BEST I was calling for his selection all series what a game getting Guptill for a duck gettin N McCullum early then cleaning up the dangerous Oram's stumps to finish with Taylor's prized wicket ! was my Man OF The Match for sure.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 15, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    I want to see W.I pace attack not these slow all rounders with Rampaul leading the attack it's a a joke. W.I need a full pack to hunt Roach has been brilliant in past few yrs but alone is not backed up you need a PACK and someone equally as dangerous keeping pressure at the other end. Now ROACH is back form injury I want to see at least Best and Roach playing together this series and seeing how he goes in the warm up game the young Left arm Pace of Johnson with either Rampaul or Edwards backing it up. Also good to see Jerome Taylor may be able to get back in the mix this is what W.I need Packs of pace and competition fo rplaces.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 15, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    SIRSOBERS...

    If only we were selectors...

    Roach, Best and Johnson for the first test XI is what I say. When Best bowled yesterday, it was clear once again how genuine pace ALWAYS takes wickets. Guys like Reon King and Fidel Edwards had it, but for different reasons didn't manage to provide the thrust which the team needed. Hopefully, Roach, who I agree has been superb, the refreshing Best and youngsters like Delorn Johnson, Kevin McClean and the giant Jason Holder can step up and provide that incisiveness that we need. I will never forget how Tino smashed his way back into the team with his incredible innings during the final test in England, but the "Best" part of it for me, was the way that immediately came out and bowled at 90mph plus. He loves bowling fast, and his greatest strength is his passion for it. I hope that he, like Marlon Samuels, is a late bloomer and stays in the team for a while. It's what we Windies fans want to see, and what the cricket world needs-PACE LIKE FIRE!

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 15, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Narine was brilliant though, 2 runs from the 44th over to Taylor after he blasted Russel was pivotal ! none of the Kiwis are able to pick him even after 4 games, I imagine he's going to be a real handful in the Test series.

  • scottyg on July 15, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    praveen4honestremark, how does the IPL teach you to build an innings??? pollard comes in with about 10 overs to go and has to go for it for Mumbai. It is T20 cricket, and if you build an innings you are called slow!

  • on July 15, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    I'm a West Indian but has anyone noticed that Narine's figure always look better than the way we see him bowl? To be perfectly honest he's not a 10 overs for 20 runs bower- he's not that good and the strong English batsmen showed it. I think he's doing well because of all the hype which surrounds him and batsmen are falling for the hype being too careful and looking for balls that just aren't there. His strongest suite is that he has great control but I cant see him getting any test wickets. I wish him all the best though but i'm just calling it as i see it.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 15, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Exactly SNIFF and he caused some real problems for the English at times but the other end was bowling medium garbage lets batsman of the hook we just need a pack in the side and cut out some of the all rounders A.K.A nowhere men, with Sammy captain there is only place for one other of them in a test side. Best ( raw pace) was always going to cause this Kiwi 11 trouble even more so in the first games when they were without the experience of Taylor poor selection leaving him out, A Russell does not cut it as a strike bowler just as D Bravo and Pollard we cannot afford all these guys in the 11 when Sammy is also captain ! yes they are good all-rounders but we need specialist bowlers. WICB also need to work at gettin our pitches back like Barbados so we actually feel we are playing at home most the grounds now resemble Asian tracks this needs to be made priority as our home series v India and Bangladesh recently may as well have been away tours !