West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Jamaica, 1st day August 3, 2012

'Not an easy pitch to bowl on' - Roach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kemar Roach and Tino Best vindicated the decision to put New Zealand in at Sabina Park, striking early and then breaking the resistance to give West Indies the upper hand. Roach claimed 4 for 70 and Best 2 for 40 on a pitch they said got harder to bowl on as the day progressed.

"I would rate today's effort as a good performance. It was not an easy pitch to bowl on - it offered some moisture in the early stages, but then it flattened out and made batting quite easy," Roach said after play, with New Zealand all out for 260. "I put in the work, reaped some reward and I'm pleased with four wickets. They batted pretty well early on and we had to change our plans and come back at them in the final session."

Roach made the initial breakthrough, having BJ Watling caught at slip, and his new-ball partner Best struck shortly after - making Brendon McCullum edge behind. New Zealand were 11 for 2.

"His pace was 'up' and he troubled the batsmen," Roach said of Best. "I would say he was the pick of the bowlers for us. The role he played was fantastic out there today. It was pretty hot as well and he maintained his energy levels. That's how Tino plays ... wholehearted every day."

New Zealand recovered from losing two early wickets through a century stand between Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill, but Best returned to break that partnership. He had Taylor caught behind for 60, cutting a promising innings short, and New Zealand did not have any substantial stands after that.

"I told myself to stay focussed and try to get the ball in the right areas," Best said. "I was happy when I got McCullum early as that gave us a good start after we won the toss and put them in. After that it got harder, but I still kept my pace up and kept running in. In the end I was pleased with my effort.

"Kemar was excellent and just keeps getting better as a bowler for us. I'm pleased for him. In our team we enjoy each other's success and I was happy to support him today. To get 10 wickets on the first day is good; anyone would take that. We will look to build on the second day and push forward."

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  • Dummy4 on August 3, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    So when Rampaul comes back would Sammy be dropped? Sammy is no allrounder nor a better bowler than Rampaul

  • Alex on August 3, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    This is not in direct reference to anyone else but i wish all our players gave 100% effort and commitment like Tino Best. I hope his bowling skills improve so he can maintain his spot in the team. This kind of heart is what Windies cricket has been missing over the last 10 years as players became more selfish. There is a saying 'if you work hard the money will come'. Work hard Tino!! We'd be #1 if we had 10 more like you.

  • anthony on August 3, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    I agree Yocasi...if this "lost generation" of Gayle,Best, Samuels,Bravo snr can suddenly play committed , proud, team cricket allied to their obvious talents for the next 2-3 years along with guru chanderpaul, while the young regime of Sammy/Gibson nurtures Bravo jnr, Narine,Powell,Roach and the other youngsters along, than finally we could see the Windies back at the top table of world cricket in 2-3 years. I mean the Pakistanis may be more talented but they performed as bad throughout the 2000s and once they finally got committed they are now one of the 3 best test sides in the world having destroyed england. If at t his juncture the windies can unearth 2 world class young quicks than its the good ole days again!

  • Ian on August 3, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    I still feel that Sammy lacks that killer punch as a bowler and maybe we should consider having him bat at 6/7 to make room for another strike bowler. With Darren Bravo out though, that may make the middle order a little fragile given that Fudadin and Deonarine still have to prove themselves. Its unfortunate that Kirk Edwards is completely out of form as he was developing to be such a useful No. 3 batsman. My test team would be (not that it matters now) Gayle, Powell, Bravo, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Ramdin, Sammy, Best, Shillingford/Rampaul/Edwards/Gabriel, Narine, Roach. Really wish Ramdin could be more consistent with the bat though.

  • yokasi on August 3, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    NZ was the ideal team to give WI a confidence boost. Gayle seems to be the missing part from the puzzle. If he continues to be productive & disciplined over the next 2-3 yrs, WI will be able to trade punches on an equal footing with the big boys. Our bowling stocks look decent and we have a few batsmen who are good enough on that if any 3 of them click at the same time, can put a decent score on the board.

  • Dummy4 on August 3, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Encouraging signs for WI cricket. Yes keep focus and try to do well in each session, must be the call. And hopefully win the match. I like what I'm seeing from the WI. The team looks so rounded, a little of everything. Good opener, solid middle, good strike bowlers, good stock bowler, even some good part-timers. Happy for the boys.

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