West Indies v New Zealand, 5th ODI, Basseterre, St Kitts July 15, 2012

New Zealand search for consolation


Match facts

Monday, July 16
Start time 0930 (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

West Indies have come out on top in this series, a progression after drawing their previous ODI assignment at home, against Australia earlier this year. A 3-1 lead, an in-form Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, an impressive return for Tino Best and Sunil Narine's continued success augur well for the upcoming Test series for the hosts.

New Zealand will be seeing a lot of Narine in the Tests, and their repeated struggles to read him will remain a worry. He's been economical and picked up wickets, and should he play the final ODI, it presents another opportunity for New Zealand's batsmen to find some form against him. Overall, there has been significant improvement from New Zealand in the last two ODIs; they didn't look like beating West Indies before then, and a consolation win ahead of the Tests will ensure that improvement continues.

As far as international series are concerned, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have been a saving grace for West Indies and New Zealand. The only series wins for each in both Tests and ODIs for more than two years, have come against the world's two bottom-ranked sides. The last time either team won an ODI series against a Test-playing nation other than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe was in 2009; apply the same criteria for Test series, West Indies had their previous success in 2008-09 and New Zealand in 2005-06. So the win in the current ODI series is at least a step in the right direction for the home team.

Form guide

(completed games, most recent first)
West Indies: WLWWL
New Zealand: LWLLL

Watch out for...

It's still early days for Johnson Charles but in his brief career so far at the top of the order for West Indies, he's managed to get starts before losing his wicket. A cursory glance at his figures in international cricket shows 20s and 30s but no half-century. This series has been no different, and a half-century continues to elude him.

For someone who led the national side before the arrival of Ross Taylor on this tour, Kane Williamson has had a below-par series, with just one half-century and a run of poor scores. He will be relied upon heavily in the middle order in Tests and needs to hit form.

Tim Southee lifted his performance in the previous ODI, and being among the quicker of New Zealand's bowlers with the ability to move the ball around, he'll be one of their bowling hopes for the Test series.

Team news

It remains to be seen if West Indies rest a few of their players, given the ODI is a dead rubber.

West Indies (possible): 1 Johnson Charles, 2 Chris Gayle/Lendl Simmons, 3 Dwayne Smith, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Devon Thomas (wk), 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Andre Russell, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Tino Best.

BJ Watling was ruled out of the fourth ODI due to a leg injury.

New Zealand (possible): 1 Rob Nicol, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Brendon McCullum, 4 Ross Taylor (capt), 5 Kane Williamson, 6 Tom Latham, 7 Nathan McCullum, 8 Jacob Oram, 9 Doug Bracewell, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Trent Boult.

Stats and trivia

  • Darren Sammy is 24 short of reaching 1000 runs in ODIs; in Tests, he is 16 short. His averages are also similar in both formats - 21.68 in ODIs and 21.39 in Tests.

  • Sunil Narine's figures of 2 for 20 in the previous ODI are the ninth-most economical figures for a West Indies spinner in a ten-over spell in ODI cricket.


    "Wickets at the wrong time hurt us, [so] we have to think of ways [of not losing] those key moments in games."
    Tim Southee

    "Normally, when I go onto the field I look at the scoreboard and see what is required of me. Sometimes it requires me to be attacking, other times I just have to keep the pressure on."
    Sunil Narine

    Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ross on July 16, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Cricinfo please correct this article - NZ has in fact won 4 series against non Zim/Bangladesh teams since 2005/06 beating West Indies, England (twice), and Australia.

    This is according to your own info: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/newzealand/content/records/335432.html

    Give us some credit!

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Wonder what Jacob Oram is still doing in the Newzealand setup, he should have retired in 2010. He doesn't have much cricket left in him. Newzealand desperatey need a dominant force like jesse ryder in the middle order. Mccullum should keep and Watling should play instead of Latham

  • Baundule on July 16, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Actually these two teams have not performed better than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Bangladesh white-washed both of them not so long ago. For West Indies, it was a depleted side and they got Bangladesh during the world cup (58). West Indies were again humiliated by Bangladesh (61 all out). I would rather blame the cricket management all over the world. ICC leads the list of incompetency. Instead of getting new countries in cricket, existing teams are getting worse.

  • michael on July 16, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    @vivek anand. Darren Bravo has to develop his batting more before releasing him into more ODIs and T20. He is not ready. Using a makeshift wicketkeeper has hurt the teams that tried it recently. If you want to try Simmons or any other player test them out for a full season in regional cricket before selecting him as a keeper. Otherwise we will be back to where dropped catches and missed stumping will cost us matches as in the case of Baugh vs Australians. WI could have drawn that series. Both Sarwan and Chanderpaul could be considered for ODIs but neither should be on the T20 team for the WC. Their best strike rates are not what will be required to win the trophy. There are other young tall pacemen coming through and at least 1 or maybe 2 of these should be in the side. Dwayne Bravo has to be in the WC T20 side as a batsman. Check his IPL 2012 stats. I watched those games and he was terrific. Pollard should bat # 3 or 4 - not lower.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    God Defend New Zealand... Come on NZ....

  • Saeed on July 16, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    I totally agree that Dwayne Bravo should be 'rested', but isn't he the vice captain of the team ??? So that would him make him an automatic selection ... right ??? I think Ravi should open the bowling with Tino & Russell should come on at first change with Sammy. I was also very impressed with Devon Thomas' batting & I think that Gayle should take a breather for this game. 1-Charles, 2-Simmons, 3-Smith, 4-Samuels, 5-Pollard, 6-Thomas, 7-Russell, 8-Sammy, 9-Tino, 10-Rampaul, 11-Narine.

  • ravi on July 16, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    i would like to see nz to win this match

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Have WI turned the corner? Well their performance in today's ODI may give us a clue. A win will be a positive indication. But a little bird has told me that this series will end 3-2. Also history is not on WI side. Maybe Sammy can create his own history. Like I always say, WI have the tools to do the job, they just need the WILL.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Please, please, please drop Dwayne Bravo for at least two years and let him come back only if he has learnt to apply himself. Either Smith or Charles can be in the team but not both of them - and if they are not performing, both can be shown the door. Bring in Darren Bravo and Chanderpaul to complement Gayle and Samuels as actual batsmen. Pollard needs to bat at #5 and become a genuine batsman which he seems to be capable of doing. Russell should not be batting lower than #7 and WI need two fast/pace bowlers opening before Russell gets to bowl. My XI: Gayle, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Darren Bravo, Pollard, Simmons (wk), Russell, Sammy/Smith, Rampaul, Narine, Best/Edwards - Jerome Taylor, Benn and Sarwan can be part of the squad but Sarwan does not seem to be in good form right now.

  • Ali on July 16, 2012, 10:30 GMT


    @ your comment, I have a theory on WI selection Policy ...

    I believe the batting is weakened on purpose, to make a balanced team with Sammy as an allrounder at 8. If the top 6 batting was strong, you would balance the team with a full bowler at 8.

    So that means with Gayle coming back into the team .. the Selectors need to weaken the top order, to make Sammy's #8 allrounder position a good choice.

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