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

New Zealand ahead despite Samuels ton

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New Zealand 260 and 59 for 2 (Guptill 42, Deonarine 2-3) lead West Indies 209 (Samuels 123, Boult 3-58, Bracewell 3-46) by 110 runs
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The decision to play four seamers paid dividends for New Zealand as they secured a first-innings lead of 51 on a day where West Indies, barring Marlon Samuels, took their eyes off the ball. A score of 260 shouldn't have been too daunting for West Indies to overhaul, but New Zealand's seamers bowled with discipline to bundle out the hosts for 209. Samuels played the lone had with a counterattacking 123, his first Test century in the West Indies, but New Zealand never let go of the initiative from the morning session. The openers stretched the lead past 100 but a couple of late wickets gave a deflated West Indies unit some cheer.

That New Zealand silenced Chris Gayle and sent back a normally immovable Shivnarine Chanderpaul cheaply was indicative of the control they had over the West Indies batsmen. Samuels was the only batsman to pass 50 - the next highest was 32 - and the only one to stand up to the seamers, who attacked as a pack to put the hosts under pressure.

Trent Boult, the left-arm seamer, bowled with discipline and stuck to the simple mantra of keeping the ball in the channel outside the off stump to silence an in-form batsman like Gayle. In Antigua, Gayle's comeback Test, he bashed four successive boundaries in the first over of the innings to set himself up for a big hundred. Chris Martin, the unfortunate bowler on that occasion, was left out for this Test. However Boult, only four Tests old, ensured that Martin's experience wasn't missed. He found assistance from the breeze to slant the ball away from the left-handed openers. West Indies played out three consecutive maiden overs, and the pressure got to them in the fourth, when Kieran Powell edged Boult to Dean Brownlie at third slip. It took New Zealand 76 overs to separate the opening pair in Antigua. Here, they needed just nine.

Gayle got off the mark off his eighth delivery; his second run came off his 26th, indicating the hold the seamers had over him. Boult bowled with control and was given a lengthy spell by his captain. He was rewarded with another wicket, that of Assad Fudadin lbw. The umpire turned down the appeal but Ross Taylor successfully challenged it. It capped a rewarding spell of 7-1-18-2 for Boult.

Gayle was dropped on 5, but fortunately for New Zealand, it didn't cost them anything. He was squared up by one from Neil Wagner that took off, took the top edge and lobbed to point. He was gone for a painstaking 8 off 55 balls without a boundary, adding to his mediocre Test record at his home ground.

Samuels, the other Jamaican, didn't disappoint. He looked more comfortable, dabbing Southee past gully and driving down the ground for consecutive boundaries. He wasn't entirely convincing either, around his off stump, but strong off his pads. He wasn't afraid to steer the ball past the packed slip cordon, keeping the ball down. He crunched Boult past mid-off to bring up his fourth half-century of the year.

Having seen off Gayle, New Zealand still had Chanderpaul to deal with. He lasted just one ball in Antigua, here he lasted 40 balls for a watchful 9 before perishing to Tim Southee. Taylor made amends for dropping Gayle at slip earlier with a neat catch to get rid of Chanderpaul, and not long after, the hosts lost half their side for less than 100 when Narsingh Deonarine edged Boult.

The precarious position didn't deter West Indies from attacking, as Denesh Ramdin and Darren Sammy played brisk cameos. Sammy scooped and bashed his way to 32 off 29 balls before he fell just before tea, playing all around a toe-crusher from Southee.

Samuels remained strong at the other end, elegantly driving through the covers and pulling the short deliveries in front of square. He had his nervy moments when the ball kicked up and nearly brushed his glove. Though it was a bowlers' day, Samuels' resistance made for a classic Test match battle. He was steadily losing partners and at one stage looked like being stranded in the 90s. It was touch-and-go when on 98, he was joined by the No.11 Tino Best.

Samuels threw hell for leather with a flat six over deep extra cover off Southee to bring up his century. He came into this Test averaging 82.80 in 2012, and his innings lifted the gloom following Gayle's failure. Samuels continued his bat-swinging against Southee, depositing three consecutive half volleys over the ropes. He hammered Doug Bracewell in the following over, but the bowler had the last laugh thanks to a sharp catch by Wagner in the deep, bringing an end to West Indies' innings. The hosts didn't really look like matching New Zealand's score, but Samuels did well to minimise the damage.

Martin Guptill came out to bat despite being ill, and stretched the lead with some elegant drives off the front foot off the West Indies seamers. The seamers failed to cause early alarms, so as a last throw of the dice, Sammy turned to the part-time off spin of Deonarine late in the day. It was a smart bowling change as Deonarine dismissed the openers lbw in identical fashion - both shuffled across too far and exposed the stumps. Despite the lapse, New Zealand ended the day effectively 110 for 2. It will be up to their middle order to show the same spine displayed by the seamers.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ChartonJeremiah on August 4, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    I would disagree with the comment that Chris Gayle does not have the temperament or ability to play at Test level. He averages over 42 and also has made two innings scores of over 300. Can you think of another Test side other than West Indies who would have thought twice about including him in their squad when he is available? Which captain would not want at their disposal an opener capable of scoring big centuries and averaging over 40 opening the batting for them. I feel that you are too quick to write him off. He scored over 200 runs in the last test.

  • on August 4, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    We r in for some fireworks today. However, at the concl of this series some serious decisions will have to be made. Some r calling for Ramdin's head. Is it a fair call? Well let us see.Ramdin came into the WI team in JUL 2005. Between 2005-2007, he played 19 test matches,scored 536runs avg17.86. And dig this,during that period he was never on a winning team. Believe it or leave it. He had 4-50s, 0-100s & a highest score of 71, no 5 times. Since his return in 2012, excl the present test, he has 166runs inclu 107no, 33.2avg. But if u were to take out the 107no., his avg is 11.8. My suggestion. Make DM Bravo the v/c of the WI team, encourage him to take his keeping seriously & rotate him with Thomas. Thomas, the senior keeper for now.

  • on August 4, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    West Indies is exposed again of their weakness to play left arm quickies or seamers. WI have to roll back the tapes of Kalli and Fredericks to help these guys. WI do not have any deadly left arm quickies or seam bowlers in their camp so they lack that exposure. Australia's Gary Gilmour, Pakistan's Akram and India's Zaheer are major wicket takers against the WI team. WI need to find, create or 'farm' these types of fast bowlers. Again Sammy's innings is that of an ODI format. Hope WI select a 'test' captain and place Sammy to lead the ODI's. I still say bring back Sarwan.

  • on August 4, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    What so many of Gayle's fans dont seem to understand is, Gayle does not have the temperament to play test cricket. He is a t20 cricketer. He cannot play the swing ball, he doesn't have the technique. On a very hard surface - concrete - he will do well - stand his ground and swing the bat. The team is also lacking an astute and tactical captain. Sammy is taking orders from the pavilion,Otis Gibson. Its time to replace Sammy! His time has come - he is standing in the way of ultimate progress. It is as usual, one step forward, two steps back!

  • on August 4, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Darren Sammy has no place is this squad as a player. WI are playing with 2 pacers when pitch required minimum 3 pacers. Look at the way Kiwis played, superb. Sammy either has to be good enough to bat at 6 or he should give away to genuine all rounders like Andre Russel, who is quicker than Sammy, good fielder & technically superior batsman than Sammy .

  • SuperSharky on August 4, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    This looks to be building into an exciting Test. The cricket is good so far.

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Best should bat above Narine. I don't think Narine has passed 10 in test cricket, whereas Tino mad 95 against Eng. Whether it is CG or DS neither man on his own is the solution to WI cricket problems. Its a team win which really counts. Still a little disappointed with the way the innings ended. MS could have trusted SN but couldn't trust TB? Runs are runs anyway. DS batted positively and was the trigger to avoiding a tame surrender on the second day. The batting (and not the bowling) flopped. Looking at the series the WI could be chasing about 250-300 which would be difficult. Good match so far but the WI should still believe that they can win.

  • on August 4, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Its a very good match, evenly poised. Now New Zealand has to bat sensibly and try to win this match. But as a Gayle fan missed his heroics. Waiting for the second innings of WI to watch Gayle batting.

  • gothetaniwha on August 4, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Great day finally for us (NZ ) the quicks bowl well as a unit . think its time to pension off Martin ,I got this feeling that our batting will fail again and this test match will be like the Hobart test and the four quicks will get us home again .

  • Cricwiz82 on August 4, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    People ask yourself this question. If Sammy wasn't a captain, should he be in the WI team as one of the best 4 bowlers?

  • ChartonJeremiah on August 4, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    I would disagree with the comment that Chris Gayle does not have the temperament or ability to play at Test level. He averages over 42 and also has made two innings scores of over 300. Can you think of another Test side other than West Indies who would have thought twice about including him in their squad when he is available? Which captain would not want at their disposal an opener capable of scoring big centuries and averaging over 40 opening the batting for them. I feel that you are too quick to write him off. He scored over 200 runs in the last test.

  • on August 4, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    We r in for some fireworks today. However, at the concl of this series some serious decisions will have to be made. Some r calling for Ramdin's head. Is it a fair call? Well let us see.Ramdin came into the WI team in JUL 2005. Between 2005-2007, he played 19 test matches,scored 536runs avg17.86. And dig this,during that period he was never on a winning team. Believe it or leave it. He had 4-50s, 0-100s & a highest score of 71, no 5 times. Since his return in 2012, excl the present test, he has 166runs inclu 107no, 33.2avg. But if u were to take out the 107no., his avg is 11.8. My suggestion. Make DM Bravo the v/c of the WI team, encourage him to take his keeping seriously & rotate him with Thomas. Thomas, the senior keeper for now.

  • on August 4, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    West Indies is exposed again of their weakness to play left arm quickies or seamers. WI have to roll back the tapes of Kalli and Fredericks to help these guys. WI do not have any deadly left arm quickies or seam bowlers in their camp so they lack that exposure. Australia's Gary Gilmour, Pakistan's Akram and India's Zaheer are major wicket takers against the WI team. WI need to find, create or 'farm' these types of fast bowlers. Again Sammy's innings is that of an ODI format. Hope WI select a 'test' captain and place Sammy to lead the ODI's. I still say bring back Sarwan.

  • on August 4, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    What so many of Gayle's fans dont seem to understand is, Gayle does not have the temperament to play test cricket. He is a t20 cricketer. He cannot play the swing ball, he doesn't have the technique. On a very hard surface - concrete - he will do well - stand his ground and swing the bat. The team is also lacking an astute and tactical captain. Sammy is taking orders from the pavilion,Otis Gibson. Its time to replace Sammy! His time has come - he is standing in the way of ultimate progress. It is as usual, one step forward, two steps back!

  • on August 4, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Darren Sammy has no place is this squad as a player. WI are playing with 2 pacers when pitch required minimum 3 pacers. Look at the way Kiwis played, superb. Sammy either has to be good enough to bat at 6 or he should give away to genuine all rounders like Andre Russel, who is quicker than Sammy, good fielder & technically superior batsman than Sammy .

  • SuperSharky on August 4, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    This looks to be building into an exciting Test. The cricket is good so far.

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Best should bat above Narine. I don't think Narine has passed 10 in test cricket, whereas Tino mad 95 against Eng. Whether it is CG or DS neither man on his own is the solution to WI cricket problems. Its a team win which really counts. Still a little disappointed with the way the innings ended. MS could have trusted SN but couldn't trust TB? Runs are runs anyway. DS batted positively and was the trigger to avoiding a tame surrender on the second day. The batting (and not the bowling) flopped. Looking at the series the WI could be chasing about 250-300 which would be difficult. Good match so far but the WI should still believe that they can win.

  • on August 4, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Its a very good match, evenly poised. Now New Zealand has to bat sensibly and try to win this match. But as a Gayle fan missed his heroics. Waiting for the second innings of WI to watch Gayle batting.

  • gothetaniwha on August 4, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Great day finally for us (NZ ) the quicks bowl well as a unit . think its time to pension off Martin ,I got this feeling that our batting will fail again and this test match will be like the Hobart test and the four quicks will get us home again .

  • Cricwiz82 on August 4, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    People ask yourself this question. If Sammy wasn't a captain, should he be in the WI team as one of the best 4 bowlers?

  • venkatesh018 on August 4, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    These are by any standards two ordinary Test teams. But what made the cricket most interesting to watch was the Sabina Park surface which provided considerable help to the bowlers all through the day. Why can't ICC mandate preparing such pitches for all bilateral Test series?

  • beejaytee on August 4, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Wow. Great stuff, NZ bowlers. I was surprised when I saw no Martin or Nethula on the sheet, but the young guys killed it today. For a bunch of 20-somethings go out and control an innings like that is pretty impressive. It's now again up to the batsman to do... something. Happily, they don't really need 100s tomorrow, so here's hoping they can find a way to throw together another 200+ and bat most of the day. With weather on the way, I think that's about par for NZ. But what I want to see as a Black Caps fan is one of our batsman with an asterisk next to his name at stumps. Doesn't matter if it's 9-for and the batsman is Brownlie on 11* off 107 balls. C'mon, Kiwi batsmen! All we want is a stinkin' asterisk! Is that so much to ask?

  • Sinhaya on August 4, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Well played Samuels as you are in the prime form of your life! I feel NZ will win this match due to scoreboard pressure as 300 plus will be tough to chase. I want Windies to win but I think NZ has the upper hand. I predict Sammy my favorite cricketer of all to score a ton in the 2nd innings though it may be a losing cause. I was surprised by Gayle's negative approach yesterday.

  • Alexei on August 4, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    It was a great feeling watching the full duration of that innings live in Sabina Park.. especially since Samuels is a son of the soil and even attended my alma-mater which was down the road. I've followed Samuels before I even began high-school and I've been waited a long time for this moment. All I want now is him to make a match winning innings in this match. What made me even more proud is when he said at the end of the day is that he dedicates this century to his country - Jamaica, with our 50th anniversary coming up on Monday.

  • on August 4, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Sobers whats up? come n joint the boys @ cricpass.com 2 watch the cricket bro, every1 there who u know, we all uses 2 watch on Vern site before, anyway come join the crowd bro.

  • on August 4, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    Chris Gayle should play his natural game.i have never seen Gayle playing so over cautiously like getting 8 runs in 50 balls. By doing so, he not only put pressure on himself but also on the other following batsmen.Let him play his natural game in the second innings and make west indies win the match.

  • tonobwoy on August 4, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    New Zealand realized that west indies batsmen fed off Chris Gayle influence. Southee troubled Chris in the odi's and Boult did bowl extremely well against the left handers. New Zealand did their homework and as such stifled the WI batsmen. Congratulations to Marlon Samuels for a fighting century. Wesr Indies captain and seamer has to get wickets to justify his selection on the team. Darren Sammy did not get any wickets in the first innings. Of the four recognized bowlers on the team, he bowled the LEAST number of overs. This is his way of ''doctoring '' his bowling averages.

  • on August 4, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    I agree with Patchmaster. If McCullum wants to be a number 3, he needs to average well over 40 and score hundred (and yes so do the others), and at the moment he's doing neither.

    I like to remain positive about NZ cricket, and will continue to - but I'm sorry, the excuse "we bat above our weight in world cricket" may be true but it doesn't make anything better.

    We can be better. I think we can be great. We have a lot of young talented players in the current squad, of which several I think can develop into world class. Mike Hesson will be a good addition, and hopefully he is in it for the long run.

    I know it's hard to remain positive - but we must. Wallowing adds nothing.

    Hopefully we can join the Australian domestic scene..... but I'm not particularly confident about that!

  • on August 4, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    So many people are impressed by Best's batting because he nearly scored a century in England. Subtract that one aberration and the reality is there is a reason why he bats at No. 11. The problem with the Windies is self-inflicted by the dysfunctional WICB. How on earth is it possible to have the same individual as captain in all formats of the game?? Is he that good, or is it because he shares nationality with the WICB president and CEO?? Note the description of his innings as "cameo" even though this is supposed to be a test match. Where is his so-called leadership?? Is he an all-rounder or just an all round below average player?? Either way he is occupying a frontline bowler's spot on the roster without being a frontline bowler. His presence in the test team is questionable as surely there are no reasons why Andre Russell should not be playing!!

  • on August 4, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    WI will bounce back tomorrow and bowled the BC out cheaply. I can envision Deo picking up a fiver. Sammy's got to be more proactive. Crowd certain batsmen upon arrival at the crease. Pressure them in other words. Full credit to the BC for a fine bowling effort. They obviously went back to the drawing board for Gayle after 'Tigua. If the bowler doesn't pitch up to allow Gayle to hit him over the top or doesn't bowl wide to allow him to free his hands, he will struggle. Today's non-effort proves it. Fudadin is no #3, this spot belongs to Bravo for the next 10 years or so, when he returns. Still have doubts too about Deo the batsman. Ramdin is a lost cause, give Thomas a shot. Sammy must bat more intelligently too. I agree with the fan that Best should come in after Sammy, then Roach & Narine. Narine needs to work on his fielding & batting if he wishes to help WI more. Roach needs to be more intense when bowling; too laid back/casual for me. Brilliant batting by Samuels, should trust Best

  • on August 3, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    I am not blaming CG for the team's score but come on, that was one of the most timid innings I have ever seen CG play. I have never seen him play like that and not get out. Did he even have a boundary? The WIndians can sure take a page out of NZ's book on how to play positive cricket. When NZ bats the pitch looks extra placid, but when WI bats the pitch has demons. I guess its just the state of mind of the WI batsmen.

  • Patchmaster on August 3, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Well done NZ - good to see a bit of fight. I also think it's about time McCullum came to the party, he's been very quiet of late, sure he has his viv richards like swagger still, but it starts to look a bit silly when you get out playing a silly shot every time and you're only averaging 34 ish.

  • on August 3, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    What happened today?Kiwis have the edge now. Are we in danger of throwing away the series?I am trying to stay positive but the signs are ominous. Maybe the weather might save us.Excellent bating Marlon!

  • SNIFFLEATHER on August 3, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Indeed, a great innings by Marlon on his home turf, but the batting order was not good at all. Best should have been in at no.9 certainly. New Zealand have the advantage now, due to their positive selection and attitude. Sammy as first change is just not dangerous enough. I'm not calling for his head, but I am calling for the selectors to use theirs and select an extra fast bowler. I'll say it again, Delorn Johnson should be in the side. Windies will have to play mighty well now to win the series. I know that the big storm is on its way, but I want the team to win regardless of the weather.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 3, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Well played Samuels ! Fuddadin should never be in the side or batting 3 like Darren Bravo (who does have potential) but not ready either you need a top batsman at 3, Also why is Best at 11 ? HE isa far more confident complete batsman than Narine and Roach Narine should be 11 not 9 ! He has no confidence or presence with the bat Kemar can sometime hold up an end but he can't bat as well as Best, If Best came earlier he might of actually been able to get a partnership with Samuels I also don't like how Samuels just shelled out at the end you don't need to do that I guess when 9 wickets down you feel you have to but why not get heads down and try to keep pushing especially when team trails by 50 come on now where is the strategy have some faith in Best . . . .

  • on August 3, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Guys I'm very taken aback by the criticisms which I saw yesterdatay and in the past being levelled at Darren Sammy. He scored 50, he gets criticized while others fail miserably. Today he had the second highest score yet we see remarks of "can you imagine what would have been". It seems that only some people get bashed.

  • Balb on August 3, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    I believe Narine and Deonarine will rip the NZ team apart inthis second innings. Game wide open. WI can win this series.

  • on August 3, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Here's the thing though, with Tropical Strom/ Hurricane Ernesto heading northward they'll have to look to finish it off within 4days. A keenly contested match at the moment which I am glad for.

  • jezzastyles on August 3, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    NZ are slightly in front at the moment, WI need the tail to wag, Samuels must get a century, and another 90-odd from Best would be invaluable. Looks like there'll be a result - hard to pick who'll be the winner though.

  • SirDallas on August 3, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    I think it is time of make a tough but warranted decision on the WI's wicketkeeper/batsman (yes batsman). The current one showed all the promise in his early years and had gotten his chancesnow I think it's time to move on. Some of the more consistent teams over the last few years have had good batsmen/wicketkeepers (notice the difference). I think it is time to try the same tactic as I know of atleast one youngster who has that abililty. Look what Adam did for the Oz.!!! you know they are missing him tonnes. Continue to work hard WI. Samuels, you are the man of the moment...continue.

  • on August 3, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Boult or not Boult, cricket will be bowled out if they do not figure out to find one format. The past is ... is history..

  • on August 3, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Could you imagine the damage that would've been done if a Gayle had been unleashed with the threat that Tropical storm Ernesto is now posing in the Caribbean?!?! It would've been catastrophic if you ask me.

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  • on August 3, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Could you imagine the damage that would've been done if a Gayle had been unleashed with the threat that Tropical storm Ernesto is now posing in the Caribbean?!?! It would've been catastrophic if you ask me.

  • on August 3, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Boult or not Boult, cricket will be bowled out if they do not figure out to find one format. The past is ... is history..

  • SirDallas on August 3, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    I think it is time of make a tough but warranted decision on the WI's wicketkeeper/batsman (yes batsman). The current one showed all the promise in his early years and had gotten his chancesnow I think it's time to move on. Some of the more consistent teams over the last few years have had good batsmen/wicketkeepers (notice the difference). I think it is time to try the same tactic as I know of atleast one youngster who has that abililty. Look what Adam did for the Oz.!!! you know they are missing him tonnes. Continue to work hard WI. Samuels, you are the man of the moment...continue.

  • jezzastyles on August 3, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    NZ are slightly in front at the moment, WI need the tail to wag, Samuels must get a century, and another 90-odd from Best would be invaluable. Looks like there'll be a result - hard to pick who'll be the winner though.

  • on August 3, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Here's the thing though, with Tropical Strom/ Hurricane Ernesto heading northward they'll have to look to finish it off within 4days. A keenly contested match at the moment which I am glad for.

  • Balb on August 3, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    I believe Narine and Deonarine will rip the NZ team apart inthis second innings. Game wide open. WI can win this series.

  • on August 3, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Guys I'm very taken aback by the criticisms which I saw yesterdatay and in the past being levelled at Darren Sammy. He scored 50, he gets criticized while others fail miserably. Today he had the second highest score yet we see remarks of "can you imagine what would have been". It seems that only some people get bashed.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 3, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Well played Samuels ! Fuddadin should never be in the side or batting 3 like Darren Bravo (who does have potential) but not ready either you need a top batsman at 3, Also why is Best at 11 ? HE isa far more confident complete batsman than Narine and Roach Narine should be 11 not 9 ! He has no confidence or presence with the bat Kemar can sometime hold up an end but he can't bat as well as Best, If Best came earlier he might of actually been able to get a partnership with Samuels I also don't like how Samuels just shelled out at the end you don't need to do that I guess when 9 wickets down you feel you have to but why not get heads down and try to keep pushing especially when team trails by 50 come on now where is the strategy have some faith in Best . . . .

  • SNIFFLEATHER on August 3, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Indeed, a great innings by Marlon on his home turf, but the batting order was not good at all. Best should have been in at no.9 certainly. New Zealand have the advantage now, due to their positive selection and attitude. Sammy as first change is just not dangerous enough. I'm not calling for his head, but I am calling for the selectors to use theirs and select an extra fast bowler. I'll say it again, Delorn Johnson should be in the side. Windies will have to play mighty well now to win the series. I know that the big storm is on its way, but I want the team to win regardless of the weather.

  • on August 3, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    What happened today?Kiwis have the edge now. Are we in danger of throwing away the series?I am trying to stay positive but the signs are ominous. Maybe the weather might save us.Excellent bating Marlon!