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

New Zealand search for consolation

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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.

    Quotes

    "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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  • rosspat 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!

  • 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

  • Baundele 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.

  • mngc1 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.

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:18 GMT

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

  • TeamSelector 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.

  • ravi680755089 on July 16, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    i would like to see nz to win this match

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rally_Windies on July 16, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    VivGilchrist..

    @ 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.

  • rosspat 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!

  • 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

  • Baundele 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.

  • mngc1 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.

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:18 GMT

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

  • TeamSelector 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.

  • ravi680755089 on July 16, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    i would like to see nz to win this match

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rally_Windies on July 16, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    VivGilchrist..

    @ 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.

  • on July 16, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    I love the West Indians it was always nice to see them playing

  • veerakannadiga on July 16, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    go WI go..you are our most liked team after India. I just hope/pray, that if India cannot win the T20 WC, WI should. God bless. AMEN.

  • on July 16, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    The present WI team looks very strong since Gayle is back... WI won the first 2 ODIs with ease bcoz of Gayle's power hitting... However, the selectors should bring back Sarwan as early as possible... He'z a gr8 player... He averages over 40 in both formats of the game and he deserves to bat at No.3... If he is there, the team will get the much needed solidity and collapses can be prevented if Gayle perishes early...

  • VivGilchrist on July 16, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    I've watched Charles bat several times and as his Domestic record shows, he is not good enough to play at this level. Why choose players with poor records. Either play a proper batsman in his place or select a second opening bowler. Why weaken your team through poor selection?

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 16, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Sunil has the ability to become Murali of WI.

  • WindiesWillow on July 16, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    West Indies have won this series, but the batting display in the last two matches says a lot. I like the makeup of this team, however the opening pair still needs to be sorted out. Since Dwayne Smith has been practically "opening" due to one of the openers going early....it may be a good idea to have him open outrightly and put a strokemaker int he #3 slot (ala Sarwan or Darren Bravo). This team as it is will win matches but may not be able to win series or a tournament against quality opposition until we get the right mix.

    The other thing is the batsmen need to keep rotating strike. TRhey always try to hit themselves out of a tough situation and then get out in rather embarrassing fashion. The best batsmen and most successive teams rotate the strike to keep pressure off. Come on West Indies, now we have to learn to win series.

  • Phat-Boy on July 16, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Captain doesn't deserve a place in the squad? Hmmm. Since the start of Australia's visit to the West Indies, Sammy has: - Averaged 36 with the bat, strike rate of 140. Yes, 140. - Averaged 39 with the ball, economy rate of 4.4

    In Tests in that period he's averaged 35.8 with the bat and 45 with the ball, economy rate of 2.8.

    More than acceptable for an all-rounder.

  • on July 16, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    It is good that West Indies won the series but I definitely think they need a person like Darren Bravo up the order in the ODI squad too. He can hold one side and avoid the top order collapse that was seen in the last 2 ODIs.

    And, for the Test series, Darren Bravo if in good shape should get a chance. After all, he just had one bad series in England. And I would also love to see Brendon Nash to play. Somehow I feel this guy would be a good bet at No. 6 or 7 in tests. Apart from that, WI batting looks solid what with Marlon Samuels' sudden burst of sensible batting in England.

  • KathmanduNepalSandeshLamsal on July 16, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    One comment i would like to give to w.indies players is just play like as the game demands , on O DI just concentrate on 1 and 2's not always sixes...... You guys play a lot of air shots....

    play just like samules and chandras.

    Can't loose wicket with un-resposible shoots.. if these problem shout out. u are the top on the RANKING to be sure..

  • mngc1 on July 16, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    @collins dsouza. Rampaul has consistently taken wickets early in the innings. His figures were hurt by very poor umpiring decisions that went all in favour of the opposing teams. Some of these like Trott and Bell were match deciding. Pure stats do not tell the whole picture. Read the commentaries for the matches on ESPN and you will see what I mean.

  • Sinhaya on July 16, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    West Indies team is perfect for the shorter formats with Pollard, Gayle, Sammy, Russell and Dwayne Smith simply proving invincible.

  • on July 15, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Barring injuries the team should be the same. A 4-1 margin of defeat will be a great prelude to the test series, not to mention the psychological advantage. Victory in the final ODI is vitally important to the WI. No reason why this cannot be achieved.

  • cricketWI on July 15, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    We all know that WI have won the series now, but they need not to get too complacent in this final ODI. They need to be aggressive just like other top teams and try to win every game even when they have already rapped up a series and prize won.

  • on July 15, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    I think Sammy has proved his worth.

  • Patchmaster on July 15, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    SO many NZ batsmen scored way too slowly, putting the pressure on Taylor. If Latham had scored at an ODI rate instead of a Test rate from 1985, NZ might have got home. At no point did Latham show any aggressive intent - so NZ didn't deserve to win the match, all he wanted to do was score singles, which just piled the pressure on Taylor. If Latham had scored just three boundaries, NZ might have got home. Bad tactics, fair result.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 15, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    The first two games, i.e. the T20's, followed by the first couple of games in the ODI series, showed how cold the tourists were. It is understandable how rusty they would have been, given the break that preceeded this tour. During the last two games however, the Kiwis have stepped up and played better, albeit falling shy yesterday, but at least pushing the West Indies to the end. That was the sort of game that the West Indians would lose a year or so ago, but nowadays they have a slightly stronger backbone, and were able to seal the series ahead of time. All bodes well for the test series, as mentioned above the form of Gayle, Samuels, Best and Narine will stand them in good stead, as will the return of Chanderpaul and Roach, who are playing in the President's game (sensible selections) prior to the first test, plus further chances for either Adrian Barath or Kieron Powell, whoever performs better in the same President's match will no doubt get the nod to open with Gayle.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 15, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    I'm a Pak fan but what ever happened to Daniel Vettori?

  • mancricbd on July 15, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    I sick and tired about some of the comments going against sammy. What about bravo. some of them talking about charles. at the moment in the wi team no one got the worse performance than bravo. apart from simmons. bravo keep giving his wicket away. seems like ppl are ungreatful. when bravo..gayle were too busy in ipl its simmons who were performed consistantly. look at his averages even he failed this serise. he needs more support. Plz guyz talk about bravo. no one else.

  • EnglishCricket on July 15, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    New Zealand are a weak team now and you can see they are slipping everytime.

  • on July 15, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    If the selectors had any cricketing nous at all they would bring Shiv into the team for this match but seeing a wise tactical decision from them is often too much to ask of Gibson & co

  • on July 15, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    To all West Indies fan : the present line up looks the best , except that the captain doesn deserve a place in the squad. n what merit is the captain automatic choice. Plooard n Dwayne bravo are better all rounders than him... Also the wist indies persistence with Lendl Simmons. he has been tryin to outscore runako mortons 31 ball duck n nothin else.. i would prefer recalling ramnaresh Sarwan n chanderpaul to bolster the middle order along with darren bravo once he is fit... also wish to see one more fast bowling all rounder Jerome taylor back.. he is a better bowler thean Ravi rampaul whose got emough chances...

  • on July 15, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Despite a bad start, the WI performed well, reaching a good, competitive score for a shortened, 31-over match. I think Sammy's captaincy exudes the chemistry needed for team morale, and this is increasingly evident with each game. When New Zealand seemed poised and on their way to even up the series, Sammy's leadership was evident, especially in the way he conferenced with his bowlers, particularly Best. My only concern regarding this game is the fact that Charles, who has been consistently struggling, was again included, with his performance again not justifying his selection. Congratulations to the team on returning to a winning trend!

  • on July 15, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Congratulations to my team. I thought that New Zealand would have probably given us a scare, but the middle order played well. I still believe that Andre Russell should bat higher up in the order (at position 6), but a good victory nevertheless. Keep going West Indies! Go forth and win the final ODI.

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  • on July 15, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Congratulations to my team. I thought that New Zealand would have probably given us a scare, but the middle order played well. I still believe that Andre Russell should bat higher up in the order (at position 6), but a good victory nevertheless. Keep going West Indies! Go forth and win the final ODI.

  • on July 15, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Despite a bad start, the WI performed well, reaching a good, competitive score for a shortened, 31-over match. I think Sammy's captaincy exudes the chemistry needed for team morale, and this is increasingly evident with each game. When New Zealand seemed poised and on their way to even up the series, Sammy's leadership was evident, especially in the way he conferenced with his bowlers, particularly Best. My only concern regarding this game is the fact that Charles, who has been consistently struggling, was again included, with his performance again not justifying his selection. Congratulations to the team on returning to a winning trend!

  • on July 15, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    To all West Indies fan : the present line up looks the best , except that the captain doesn deserve a place in the squad. n what merit is the captain automatic choice. Plooard n Dwayne bravo are better all rounders than him... Also the wist indies persistence with Lendl Simmons. he has been tryin to outscore runako mortons 31 ball duck n nothin else.. i would prefer recalling ramnaresh Sarwan n chanderpaul to bolster the middle order along with darren bravo once he is fit... also wish to see one more fast bowling all rounder Jerome taylor back.. he is a better bowler thean Ravi rampaul whose got emough chances...

  • on July 15, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    If the selectors had any cricketing nous at all they would bring Shiv into the team for this match but seeing a wise tactical decision from them is often too much to ask of Gibson & co

  • EnglishCricket on July 15, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    New Zealand are a weak team now and you can see they are slipping everytime.

  • mancricbd on July 15, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    I sick and tired about some of the comments going against sammy. What about bravo. some of them talking about charles. at the moment in the wi team no one got the worse performance than bravo. apart from simmons. bravo keep giving his wicket away. seems like ppl are ungreatful. when bravo..gayle were too busy in ipl its simmons who were performed consistantly. look at his averages even he failed this serise. he needs more support. Plz guyz talk about bravo. no one else.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 15, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    I'm a Pak fan but what ever happened to Daniel Vettori?

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 15, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    The first two games, i.e. the T20's, followed by the first couple of games in the ODI series, showed how cold the tourists were. It is understandable how rusty they would have been, given the break that preceeded this tour. During the last two games however, the Kiwis have stepped up and played better, albeit falling shy yesterday, but at least pushing the West Indies to the end. That was the sort of game that the West Indians would lose a year or so ago, but nowadays they have a slightly stronger backbone, and were able to seal the series ahead of time. All bodes well for the test series, as mentioned above the form of Gayle, Samuels, Best and Narine will stand them in good stead, as will the return of Chanderpaul and Roach, who are playing in the President's game (sensible selections) prior to the first test, plus further chances for either Adrian Barath or Kieron Powell, whoever performs better in the same President's match will no doubt get the nod to open with Gayle.

  • Patchmaster on July 15, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    SO many NZ batsmen scored way too slowly, putting the pressure on Taylor. If Latham had scored at an ODI rate instead of a Test rate from 1985, NZ might have got home. At no point did Latham show any aggressive intent - so NZ didn't deserve to win the match, all he wanted to do was score singles, which just piled the pressure on Taylor. If Latham had scored just three boundaries, NZ might have got home. Bad tactics, fair result.

  • on July 15, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    I think Sammy has proved his worth.