West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Antigua, 2nd day July 26, 2012

Gayle and Powell deflate New Zealand

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West Indies 145 for 0 (Gayle 85*, Powell 58*) trail New Zealand 351 (Guptill 97, Narine 5-132) by 206 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chris Gayle didn't show any nerves or caution after slipping into Test whites for the first time in one and a half years, smashing 85 not out and sharing an unbeaten opening stand of 145 with Kieran Powell to demoralise New Zealand on the second day. It was a day on which the hosts took complete control, with bat and ball. Sunil Narine did justice to the hype surrounding him by taking his maiden five-wicket haul to restrict New Zealand to 351, after the visitors were well-placed on the opening day to post a more competitive score.

The few who bothered to show up at North Sound witnessed another Gayle special. It was as if he was still wearing one of his many Twenty20 jerseys when he walked out and thundered four consecutive boundaries in the first over of the innings. Gayle needed only two deliveries to warm up. Chris Martin pitched it full and Gayle pushed forward a touch reluctantly and yet found the timing to beat mid-on. The next three balls were all thrashed past mid-off, the last ball of the over sent soaring over the infield. Gayle was harsh on anything pitched up or full on the off stump, and despite the flurry of boundaries, New Zealand didn't push the fielders back. There were a couple of ungainly slashes over the off side, if the bowlers dropped it short.

New Zealand had their chances though, that too off consecutive balls. Powell, who was a mute spectator during Gayle's initial onslaught, decided to slash one off Neil Wagner, but the edge flew past Martin Guptill at second slip. Guptill didn't have time to react, but Daniel Flynn did, the following ball. Gayle stabbed at a delivery from Doug Bracewell and Flynn didn't time his jump well at point and gave Gayle a life on 36. Gayle rubbed it in by swatting, slicing and driving Wagner for three fours to race towards his fifty.

Wagner had a few things to say to Gayle, but it had no impact. The left-armer was taken out of the attack after conceding 35 off five overs, and New Zealand had to turn to the part-time spin of Kane Williamson. The best the tourists could do was put a lid on the scoring, which the spinners managed. Daniel Vettori and Williamson bowled flatter, defensive lines and the batsmen were happy defending.

Vettori did create an opportunity when a flashy drive by Gayle found the inside edge and beat the wicketkeeper. Powell, who played second fiddle to Gayle, produced some pleasing shots himself, including the pull, the flick and two effortless straight-driven boundaries off Wagner. He reached his third Test fifty with a swept boundary off Vettori, by which time the opening stand had swelled to 127. At 138, West Indies had surpassed their highest opening stand since Gayle began his exile in December 2010. In that period, till the start of this Test, they had managed only two century stands.

Towards the end of the day the pair focused on occupying the crease until stumps. The run-rate in the final session had dipped to just over two runs an over, but West Indies could afford to slow down. Powell showed good concentration and maturity in leaving deliveries outside the off stump. Wagner managed prodigious reverse swing late in the day, but the pair managed to bat to safety and not give New Zealand an inch.

In the morning session, the focus seemed more on survival, rather than aggression as New Zealand made slow progress, adding only 55 runs. Narine posed questions with the old ball and the seamers spiced up the action with the new ball, making run-scoring difficult. After getting rid of the nightwatchman Wagner early, Narine continued to bowl with the older ball, hoping to exploit the rough. Williamson and Dean Brownlie went on the defensive, and at one stage New Zealand had scored only 10 runs in as many overs.

Darren Sammy gave Narine a break and opted for the second new ball after 106 overs. Kemar Roach signalled his intentions by banging it in short and Williamson did well on one occasion to keep it down with his glove. In his following over, Roach varied his length by pitching it up and Williamson, failing to move his feet, only managed an inside edge on to the stumps. Roach peppered Kruger van Wyk with the short stuff, and it looked like another wicket was around the corner. Brownlie couldn't carry on after making a start, edging Ravi Rampaul to the wicketkeeper.

West Indies wrapped up the innings in just under 12 overs after lunch, after Vettori and Bracewell helped themselves to cameos. Narine went for a few, but picked up his fifth wicket off a bat-pad catch to get rid of van Wyk.

At that stage, it looked as if 351 would still be enough to test West Indies. But Gayle and Powell didn't leave the visitors feeling too chuffed with their own batting performance.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ramcharitarvishal on July 27, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Well played so far by the WI, Narine was brilliant, and the opening pair for WI thus far is gr8, notwithstanding the two chances Gayle got, atleast he turned it into a big score. That SHOULD wake up the NZ attack, bat on WI!!!!!

  • on July 27, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    back with D........BANGGGGGGGGGG........welcome to test cricket chris........it was nice to see your 100 in a test match almost after 18 months.......especially smashing 4 boundaries to chris martin in his 1st over.........& d team is also looking much stronger after gayle's comeback.........well played gayle...............he taught a good lesson to WICB......windies team can't win matches with out gayle especially against top test playing nations........for windies its only a GAYLE STORM can win matches........GO GAYLE GO....!!!!!

  • jezzastyles on July 27, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    RSGarcia - yep, built the white elephant for the last World Cup you hosted. I can sniff a double in the offing for Gayle; hope he gets there - regardless, what a way to answer your detractors. If he does get a double, hope he decides to "up the ante" and opt for an all-out attack - could be some roasted Kiwi on the menu if it pans out. Go the Windies, but may the best team win.

  • delboy on July 27, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    We all know Antigua is a small island where people have to work, so why do the powers that be schedule TEST matches there? Trinidad and Tobago players form the nucleus of the team why not schedule a test match there? Its pretty obvious they hope to benefit from the JA 50 celebrations, for the next test ; Sabina Park could be empty if ticket prices are not relative to all the other attractions/events happening around that weekend.

  • on July 27, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Gayle looks like a man with a serious mission,and that is good news for WI. Powell must seize this opportunity and cash in.

  • on July 27, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Sparse crowd! Thanks for the explanation. I was beginning to think it was a silent protest agst Ramdin. After all this is Sir Viv's territory. I can live with that explanation. Thanks again.

  • rsgarcia on July 27, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    For those of you wondering about the crowd, please note that Antigua is a tiny island, where people work mostly in the tourist industry. During the week they do not have the luxury of taking too many days off. Not to mention, it's Carnival season, when there are tons of other events going on. They built a stadium in the middle of nowhere that's difficult to get to and far larger than the population has the capacity to fill. Trust me, even if the whole of Antigua came, they couldn't fill that white elephant. That said, the crowds will be better over the weekend.

  • jezzastyles on July 27, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Have to agree with Ramesh S - hope Narine develops into a world-class spinner for you guys, it'd be great, but early days yet. Most of the punters on this site wouldn't remember the GREAT Lance Gibbs, one of the very best spinners in his era, and from memory it was the mighty DK Lille who overtook his test wicket record (I might be wrong). I'd love to see Shillingford & Narine working in tandem with conditions that suit them. They'd be awesome. Go the Windies (from an AUS supporter), but may the best team wn.

  • LarryLamb on July 27, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    The SMART STATS section contains a comment that 17 is the most runs of the first over an innings. What about TEST MATCH 1550 when England conceded 18 off the first over with Michael Slater dispatching Goughie to all parts and a couple of no balls.

  • lyl67 on July 27, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Powell has proven to me that he could be a very good batsman, his driving off the front foot yesterday was very good, but for one slash outside the off stump his concentration was superb, with the new master blaster at the other end batting as only he can was a sight to for sore eyes, also Gayle seem to be having a calming effect on Powell. I doubted Powell's ability however I now have changed my opinion. Stop the wild slash, apply yourself, you have the ability for big scores. Remember I did say that Kirk Edwards technical ability was not good enough before he went to England. Must work on his stance and offside play, if he is prepared to do the work he will come good again, if not he will fall by the wayside. Forget Candra P. stance, he is the only batsman in the world who can be so good batting this way, and it took years developing. He will be a LEGEND for me he already is.

  • Ramcharitarvishal on July 27, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Well played so far by the WI, Narine was brilliant, and the opening pair for WI thus far is gr8, notwithstanding the two chances Gayle got, atleast he turned it into a big score. That SHOULD wake up the NZ attack, bat on WI!!!!!

  • on July 27, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    back with D........BANGGGGGGGGGG........welcome to test cricket chris........it was nice to see your 100 in a test match almost after 18 months.......especially smashing 4 boundaries to chris martin in his 1st over.........& d team is also looking much stronger after gayle's comeback.........well played gayle...............he taught a good lesson to WICB......windies team can't win matches with out gayle especially against top test playing nations........for windies its only a GAYLE STORM can win matches........GO GAYLE GO....!!!!!

  • jezzastyles on July 27, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    RSGarcia - yep, built the white elephant for the last World Cup you hosted. I can sniff a double in the offing for Gayle; hope he gets there - regardless, what a way to answer your detractors. If he does get a double, hope he decides to "up the ante" and opt for an all-out attack - could be some roasted Kiwi on the menu if it pans out. Go the Windies, but may the best team win.

  • delboy on July 27, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    We all know Antigua is a small island where people have to work, so why do the powers that be schedule TEST matches there? Trinidad and Tobago players form the nucleus of the team why not schedule a test match there? Its pretty obvious they hope to benefit from the JA 50 celebrations, for the next test ; Sabina Park could be empty if ticket prices are not relative to all the other attractions/events happening around that weekend.

  • on July 27, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Gayle looks like a man with a serious mission,and that is good news for WI. Powell must seize this opportunity and cash in.

  • on July 27, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Sparse crowd! Thanks for the explanation. I was beginning to think it was a silent protest agst Ramdin. After all this is Sir Viv's territory. I can live with that explanation. Thanks again.

  • rsgarcia on July 27, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    For those of you wondering about the crowd, please note that Antigua is a tiny island, where people work mostly in the tourist industry. During the week they do not have the luxury of taking too many days off. Not to mention, it's Carnival season, when there are tons of other events going on. They built a stadium in the middle of nowhere that's difficult to get to and far larger than the population has the capacity to fill. Trust me, even if the whole of Antigua came, they couldn't fill that white elephant. That said, the crowds will be better over the weekend.

  • jezzastyles on July 27, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Have to agree with Ramesh S - hope Narine develops into a world-class spinner for you guys, it'd be great, but early days yet. Most of the punters on this site wouldn't remember the GREAT Lance Gibbs, one of the very best spinners in his era, and from memory it was the mighty DK Lille who overtook his test wicket record (I might be wrong). I'd love to see Shillingford & Narine working in tandem with conditions that suit them. They'd be awesome. Go the Windies (from an AUS supporter), but may the best team wn.

  • LarryLamb on July 27, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    The SMART STATS section contains a comment that 17 is the most runs of the first over an innings. What about TEST MATCH 1550 when England conceded 18 off the first over with Michael Slater dispatching Goughie to all parts and a couple of no balls.

  • lyl67 on July 27, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Powell has proven to me that he could be a very good batsman, his driving off the front foot yesterday was very good, but for one slash outside the off stump his concentration was superb, with the new master blaster at the other end batting as only he can was a sight to for sore eyes, also Gayle seem to be having a calming effect on Powell. I doubted Powell's ability however I now have changed my opinion. Stop the wild slash, apply yourself, you have the ability for big scores. Remember I did say that Kirk Edwards technical ability was not good enough before he went to England. Must work on his stance and offside play, if he is prepared to do the work he will come good again, if not he will fall by the wayside. Forget Candra P. stance, he is the only batsman in the world who can be so good batting this way, and it took years developing. He will be a LEGEND for me he already is.

  • keptalittlelow on July 27, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Well done WI. NZ always waste their energy in arguing with the opposition, their ploy to upset the opposition batting always backfires.

  • on July 27, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Just keep it going WI , because the out come of this game will depend on how good the WI play VETORRI .

  • on July 27, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    The advent of Sunil Narine is a welcome news for WI & world cricket. I sincerely hope, WI will finally get a world class spin bowler after Lance Gibbs. For too long, WI have relied on pace like fire. They need to have a balance in their attack. For that they must groom potentially great spinners. How I long for a Sonny Ramadin, or Alf Valentine or a Gibbs.

  • on July 27, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Sammy is trying to justify his place as a test match bowler, but the harsh truth is that it's not strong enough to be a first-changer. It somehow doesn't seem right that Best, Fidel, Russell, Shillingford, Bishoo or Dwayne Bravo can't warrant a place in the side. The only solution for Sammy to have a future in the test side is to bat at six and play a extra bowler or batsman, depending on what conditions the pitch favours. Gayle's batting performance wasn't the prettiest innings i've seen, he certainly rode his luck, but it was much needed and his mere presence bullied and intimidated New Zealand's attack. It made a nice change for our team to have a decent platform, for the middle-order to work on. Usually by the time we got to 150, we'd lost at least 4 wickets by then.

  • lyl67 on July 27, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Sammy's captaincy .....what captaincy needs a lot to be desired. I think he is one whose thinking goes to sleep sometimes, Narine bowled very well but even Australia's Warne had a long on when batsmen try to get after Narine yesterday. there was no one for the sweep and the lofted hit over the bowler head. Well bowled Narine, with better captaincy your figures would be much better and New Zealand's total much less. We had many bowlers who was under bowled, Why were they not used? Sammy is not good enough......how is it possible to lose your all your referrals so early and so often.....we will be better of not having it.

  • anver777 on July 27, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    What a player !!!!!!!!!!! Narine proved that not only in overs formats, he also belongs to test cricket.... Surely we will see more 5wkt hauls in future tests from the magical bowler !!

  • riverlime on July 27, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Sammy is a good limited overs player, and therefore good enough to retain captaincy in both those formats. However, as a Test player, his skills have a site-specific capability. He will be suitable for a slow, low pitch as a bowler, and small grounds as a batsman. So definitely NOT for Sabina Park in the next Test, where an aggressive fast bowler, or a technically correct batsman would be a more efficient use of the Number 7 spot. In other words, Tino Best or Adrian Barath.

  • ste13 on July 27, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    I must admit I was wrong. Gayle's return made an impact on stability in WI team. He has also played responsible knock, unlike K Pietersen in the last test. But more can be said as soon as WI are tested by stronger opponent.

  • on July 27, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    For those criticising Vettori, think for a moment - it's only 48 overs in, the ball will turn a lot more given that it will get older than it is now and the pitch will wear out. Does anyone remember he took 6 for in the tour game on this same ground just a few days prior? Wagner is an ideal partner for him, Bracewell and Martin will also do well. I just can't help thinking we've missed a trick including Brownlie at Southee's expense though.

  • on July 27, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Vettori is gradually becoming Harbhajan of NewZealand!

  • BlackInWhites on July 27, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    West Indies have missed out during Gayles 18month absence.. Im pretty much sure that the stand off between Him and WCB wasnt worth the contribution he could have had in the WI side.

  • Donga-The-Bonga on July 27, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Wow... serious power hitting from WI.... and poor Wagner just did not get it. I'll wager anyone that at the end his (Wagner's) career, he'll become a sports commentator!

  • Tornado1 on July 27, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Am still wondering why Vettori is in this side. His primary role is a bowler, infact the only spinner in such spin friendly conditions for kiwis, but ever since he is trying to become a man who knows everything, batting, bowling, selection etc, he lost his primary skills as a bowler. His recent stats are terrifying, averaging nearly 40 since last 2-3 years and i still feel black caps should start looking forward. In these conditions your economy is useless in tests. No point holding one end, who gonna take the wickets dude?

  • SamRoy on July 27, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    I have repeatedly said I like Sammy's attitude and he has been the main reason for revival of enthusiasm in the WI dressing room after a long time. But, as a test cricketer he is neither good enough as a bowler nor is he good enough as a batsman. A Mark Ealham, Adam Hollioake, Robin Singh, Ian Harvey, Chris Harris, etc. kind of player who are just not good enough for test cricket. though they may be extremely effective in ODIs.

  • Flighted_kiwi on July 27, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    There is no doubt that NZ wasted an opportunitiy here and should have posted in excess of 400 with the start they had. Having said that, I agree with sifter132 - the hosts aren't in complete control. NZ are still over 200 runs ahead and there have already been several mini-shifts in the game. The third day is probably going to be telling and if NZ pick up some early wickets it is by no means innconceivable that both sides could be evenly poised at the end of their first innings. In that case how much NZ scores in their 2nd innings and how much the pitch turns on the last day becomes key. There is still a long way to go in this test. The way that Guptil and Flynn batted (poor shots to get out aside) makes you wonder if they are better suited for test cricket than 1-dayers and T20's.

  • GravyMon on July 27, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    @Patrick Barrett & Victor Darrell. Sounds like you guys are coming to the realization that the Sammy Experience has passed its "sell-by" date. Yes, we all like Darren Sammy, but at some point we have to start thinking more of WI cricket. As younger players improve through experience, it will become most glaringly apparent that Captain Sammy is a serious impediment to WI cricket fortunes and progress. We can't blame Sammy for selfishly thinking that he's an essential cog in the WI bowling attack; but, does anyone out there think he should be bowling 20% of the overs in a team with 3 strike bowlers, none of whom is Sammy? Unfortunately for WI cricket Sammy believes that and the team suffers for it. Seriously, would you bowl him 1/5 of the overs in your team? Would he even be playing in this match if he weren't captain? Sammy is NOT a strike bowler, not an all-rounder, and not a WI captain. FW just turned in his grave. Sammy's a very square peg in a very round hole, he just doesn't fit!

  • kotareddy1990 on July 27, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    i dont know why the w.indies selectors is not considering andy russel,pollard, dwayne bravo for the test match squad.......so that they can be strong in both batting and bowling departments...

  • on July 27, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Good to see Powell batting with such maturity, Gayle,s presence no doubt is influential in a positive way on these young players. Will not join the critics against the Cpt. A chance to win a series against a name team is in the making, lets move forward.We still have to win this series, NZ is not going to roll over,they have shown that. Congrats to Narine on his first 5 For, lets hope we see him & Shillingford/Benn in a test series along with Roach, Best, Rampaul/ Johnson,GO WI.

  • veerakannadiga on July 27, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    way to go Gayle....... show the cricketing world what they missed all these days.WI simply look great with Chris at the top. Good luck WI.. from an RCB fan..AMEN.

  • on July 27, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    While the West Indies are in a dominant position Darren Sammy, the captain of the West Indies made a couple of serious blunders. Not getting Roach or Rampaul immediately back into the attack after NZ found themselves 9 down was perhaps the most inexcusable. Sammy should not have bowled himself at that stage and he should have realised that. It is the sign of incompetent and pathetic captaincy.

    That being said, it is quite clear that Daniel Vettori no longer cuts the mustard in tests as his inability to prodigiously spin the ball leaves him fairly benign. The time has come for Vettori to be replaced by Nethula, who in my mind is a much more suitable test spin bowling option.

  • Selfishkar on July 27, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    If Gayle had played against India in test, WI would have won or drew the series.

  • on July 27, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    Sammy has to know that he is not a strike bowler. It was inexcusable not to bring back Roach into the attack immediately after lunch considering that he was for the most part unplayable in the morning session. I like Sammy and I happy that the W.I. are finally showing signs of progress but Sammy has much room for improvement as a captain.

  • Sulli001 on July 27, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    Again another mediocre batting performance from NZ, guys throwing their wickets away time after time, and it's the same players often….. BMac!!..., Vettori can't score a hundred batting at number 7 every game!

    Guptil showed composure until he switched to T/20 mode in an attempt to score a 100. I wonder whether the best batsmen of the modern game i.e R. Dravid and co. every did that??

  • bighit12 on July 27, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    I don't know why the BlackCaps used Flynn as an opener. Either him or Brownlie should be dropped for the next test to bring in Nethula... we need some wicket-taking spin.

  • Lermy on July 27, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    DEAN BROWNLIE is highly over-rated. So he made a few half centuries against Australia. He looked like a fish out of water against SA, and is continuing that form against the WI. Could he be the new Matthew Sinclair????

  • alonsoe on July 27, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    @ learbetshaw. There is nothing wrong with the venue. It is the same venue that hosted over 9 thousand in a T20 Match in Jan (non were home teams). And the same venue that was buzzing with action when Antigua hosted Haiti and then Jamaica in football matches. Simply the WIBC and ACA do not have a clue in promoting test matches. Plus the match is coinciding with Carnival. If anyone had taken the time to do some promotion you would have seen much more spectators.

  • smbhayi on July 27, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    When I first look at the mini score card, I felt its Gayle, he smashed 85 runs from 58 balls....lol.....

  • Sinhaya on July 27, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    I know Windies will win this test series and well done Gayle and what a comeback. Great to see Narine take 5 wickets. Pile on another 350 by stumps today and scoreboard pressure will make Kiwis crumble.

  • Venki_indian on July 27, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Happy for west indies but you never know they can get bowled for 200-250...that's how thy messed up things in the past

  • on July 27, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Good day for Windies even though Sammy again proved that he has a steep learning curve when it comes to captaining a Test side!!The extra 42 late run that NZ added should not have been!!! When Martin came in, Sammy should have immediately given the ball to Ramphal or Roach to finish off the inning along with Narine. All it takes to take care of Martin is one quick straight ball. Everyone who follows the game knows that except, apparently, Sammy who produced a couple of rosey half volley for Martin to drive (yes, he even looked good driving those deliveries). Anyway, WI should post 550 by lunch time on Saturday and then go after the Kiwis with Roach, Narine and company!!

  • embarrassed on July 27, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    What an absolute joke. Every NZ batsman got themselves out with horrific shots (apart from Brownlie) after all getting starts. On top of this they dropped an absolute sitter that will probably define the entire match. Unimpressed

  • delboy on July 26, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    How on earth can a opener who face more balls than his partner be a 'mute spectator'? Powell was no spectator he was more sedate.

  • delboy on July 26, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Naraine could have bowled less overs and taken more wickets and the CAPTAIN kept himself in the attack too long. Sammy needs to learn how and when to use the resources at his disposal. It is not a case of justifying his inclusion any more. One hopes Gayle and Powell bat on to lunch and score at least another100 between them. Samuel, Fuddadin, CanderS and Deodarine should then ensure WI have two days in which to bowl NZ out again and knock off the runs required for a 5th day win.

  • sifter132 on July 26, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    " It was a day in which the hosts took complete control" Am i reading the same scoredcard as you??? NZ are still over 200 runs ahead! If NZ can lose their last 8 wickets for 130 odd runs, why can't the West Indies? Kiwis are getting written off way too early

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 26, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    A good day for the home side, but they still have a lot of hard work ahead, if they are to force a positive outcome in this the opening test of the series. They will be looking at Gayle and Powell to continue their brilliant stand tomorrow. Regardless of the outcome of this opening match, Johnson must be selected for the Jamaica test, and one can't help but wonder how Tino Best feels right now, after scoring 90-odd in his last test a few weeks back, then coming out and bowling over 90mph and taking wickets. Not to mention the wickets he took in the ODI series. I know he is expensive in comparison to Ravi Rampaul, but so is Fidel Edwards, but that has never stopped the selectors giving him umpteen chances over the years, despite the fact that he rarely touches the speeds he did when he first broke into the team alongside Jerome Taylor. Johnson and Roach will be formidable at Sabina Park, if selected!

  • drnaveed on July 26, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    WI cricket board should now realize what they did wrong in the recent past by not selecting Gayle to play for their side. yes , player is not bigger than any particular Country , but that matter should have solved in a much better way, in the end it was WI that suffered.see , he has given a totally different look to this WI side, and now they will be a better finisher unlike in the recent past.

  • on July 26, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Again no crowd, proves Test Cricket though important is not really attractive for Cricket fans let alone Non-Cricket fans which most of the World happens to be :)

  • on July 26, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Enthralling day's cricket. This test series will be a close-fought one. Congratulations to Narine on his five wicket haul- he did come in for some rough treatment in the end though. West Indian openers applied themselves and must be commended. Vettori and Wagner are dangerous bowlers so Windies cannot become complacent. WI must post a huge total tomorrow and wear down the Kiwis in the Caribbean sun. Keep them in the field all day and some more the day after and then declare with a lead of 250+. The recipe for success!

  • on July 26, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    @ chrisalis.... Chris Martin did not make a 100.... no one did... as yet that is...

  • leabertshaw on July 26, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    good allround performance by the windies,i still believe that the west indies gave away too much tail end runs to the kiwis the bowling change should have been implemented when Bracewell was having is go that is why in this type of sport we have who we call closers meaning that sammy should have brought back Ravi or Kemar Roach to clean up the tail with Narine,anyway apart from that observation it was a well played day of cricket by the windies a good opening stand which we have not seen in a very long time,i also think that we are going to see at least one century maker during the early session tomorrow, kudos to the coahing staff it looks like the boys are digesting the lessons they are being taught they are srely putting it into practise here in antigua.by the way where are the spectatators?i think that this venue kills the spirit of our come back,simply my opinion

  • on July 26, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    "Talk before the series was that Philander would find England tough and perhaps even struggle" Bollocks and from who? The talk was his probing seaming style would be ideally suited to English conditions. And yes he did bowl very well. And SA got the same amount of movement in bone dry conditions with a fair blue sky on the final 2 days. Did you even watch the game Firdose?

  • jezzastyles on July 26, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    An evenly poised match, but that could quickly swing to WI favour if Gayle Force winds keep blowing in Antigua - 51* off 40-balls. Stats aren't everything - on his day, the most devastating batsmen in world cricket, any format. Love to see him get a quickfire hundred.

  • chrisalis on July 26, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Congratulations to Chris Martin on his test match hundred, who said he can't bat. (it took him 99 innings though!)

  • Brewsir on July 26, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    It's interesting to read some of the comments about Sammy's bowling and captaincy as well as Narine's fitness for "this form of the game". Bracewell's batsmanship is outstanding, of course. It is my hope that when the West Indies is at the crease that we perform with Sir Viv and others in mind.

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  • Brewsir on July 26, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    It's interesting to read some of the comments about Sammy's bowling and captaincy as well as Narine's fitness for "this form of the game". Bracewell's batsmanship is outstanding, of course. It is my hope that when the West Indies is at the crease that we perform with Sir Viv and others in mind.

  • chrisalis on July 26, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Congratulations to Chris Martin on his test match hundred, who said he can't bat. (it took him 99 innings though!)

  • jezzastyles on July 26, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    An evenly poised match, but that could quickly swing to WI favour if Gayle Force winds keep blowing in Antigua - 51* off 40-balls. Stats aren't everything - on his day, the most devastating batsmen in world cricket, any format. Love to see him get a quickfire hundred.

  • on July 26, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    "Talk before the series was that Philander would find England tough and perhaps even struggle" Bollocks and from who? The talk was his probing seaming style would be ideally suited to English conditions. And yes he did bowl very well. And SA got the same amount of movement in bone dry conditions with a fair blue sky on the final 2 days. Did you even watch the game Firdose?

  • leabertshaw on July 26, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    good allround performance by the windies,i still believe that the west indies gave away too much tail end runs to the kiwis the bowling change should have been implemented when Bracewell was having is go that is why in this type of sport we have who we call closers meaning that sammy should have brought back Ravi or Kemar Roach to clean up the tail with Narine,anyway apart from that observation it was a well played day of cricket by the windies a good opening stand which we have not seen in a very long time,i also think that we are going to see at least one century maker during the early session tomorrow, kudos to the coahing staff it looks like the boys are digesting the lessons they are being taught they are srely putting it into practise here in antigua.by the way where are the spectatators?i think that this venue kills the spirit of our come back,simply my opinion

  • on July 26, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    @ chrisalis.... Chris Martin did not make a 100.... no one did... as yet that is...

  • on July 26, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Enthralling day's cricket. This test series will be a close-fought one. Congratulations to Narine on his five wicket haul- he did come in for some rough treatment in the end though. West Indian openers applied themselves and must be commended. Vettori and Wagner are dangerous bowlers so Windies cannot become complacent. WI must post a huge total tomorrow and wear down the Kiwis in the Caribbean sun. Keep them in the field all day and some more the day after and then declare with a lead of 250+. The recipe for success!

  • on July 26, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Again no crowd, proves Test Cricket though important is not really attractive for Cricket fans let alone Non-Cricket fans which most of the World happens to be :)

  • drnaveed on July 26, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    WI cricket board should now realize what they did wrong in the recent past by not selecting Gayle to play for their side. yes , player is not bigger than any particular Country , but that matter should have solved in a much better way, in the end it was WI that suffered.see , he has given a totally different look to this WI side, and now they will be a better finisher unlike in the recent past.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 26, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    A good day for the home side, but they still have a lot of hard work ahead, if they are to force a positive outcome in this the opening test of the series. They will be looking at Gayle and Powell to continue their brilliant stand tomorrow. Regardless of the outcome of this opening match, Johnson must be selected for the Jamaica test, and one can't help but wonder how Tino Best feels right now, after scoring 90-odd in his last test a few weeks back, then coming out and bowling over 90mph and taking wickets. Not to mention the wickets he took in the ODI series. I know he is expensive in comparison to Ravi Rampaul, but so is Fidel Edwards, but that has never stopped the selectors giving him umpteen chances over the years, despite the fact that he rarely touches the speeds he did when he first broke into the team alongside Jerome Taylor. Johnson and Roach will be formidable at Sabina Park, if selected!