WI v NZ, 2nd Test, Jamaica, 3rd day August 5, 2012

New Zealand not out of Jamaica Test - Southee

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tim Southee, the New Zealand fast bowler, has said his team cannot be counted out of the Jamaica Test just yet. Following a dramatic collapse on day three, in which New Zealand slipped from 56 for 2 to 154 all out, West Indies were left chasing a target of 206. New Zealand did nip out four wickets by stumps but, by then, the hosts needed only 71 more with six wickets in hand to sweep the series 2-0.

"Look at the last couple of mornings, [there have been] been wickets early; if we can grab [Shivnarine] Chanderpaul early, and a couple of others, we'll be right back into it," Southee said. "If we do manage to pull it off, it'll be a very memorable win."

After two early losses in the chase, West Indies consolidated through a partnership of 74 between Assad Fudadin and Marlon Samuels. First-innings centurion Samuels had followed up with another half-century, but the pair was dismissed in the final session. Getting Samuels gave New Zealand a boost, Southee said. "Samuels is one of the best batsmen in the series, especially in this game anyway. To get Marlon, when he's batting well and [after he] got a decent start, it was a great time to pick one up."

New Zealand's meek collapse, Southee admitted, was a letdown. "Obviously, there [aren't as] many runs as we'd like to play with. The batsmen knew that they'd sort of let that one slip.

"West Indies, giving them credit, they came out and bowled extremely well in the morning and a few shots there, that our batters played, weren't ideal."

New Zealand had looked to be ahead in the match, after bowling West Indies out for 209 in their first innings to secure a 51-run lead, that too without two of their most experience bowlers, Daniel Vettori and Chris Martin. Their four-pronged pace attack - Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell - clicked, sharing all ten wickets among them and again, on the third day, each of the four picked up a wicket apiece.

Southee said it felt good working in tandem with the other bowlers. "You'd always like to get more wickets [but] if you're not getting the wickets, somebody else's going to get them. With the four bowlers there, I think we've all bowled pretty well at times and chipped in.

"It's just [about] doing your job and if it gets you a wicket at the other end, then you are just as happy as you are if you get a wicket."

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  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    nz is still confident that they can make things happen in this test, their pride is at stake, they will not give up until the last run is scored signaling the WI win. Chanderpaul and Roach[yes Roach] must ensure that WI bat with care, not get bogged down, the scoreboard must continue to roll over, do not allow the bowlers to dictate the game. The game is the WI own to win. Good cricket.

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Not by a long shot. Samuels' wkt was good for NZ. NZ will be firing on all 4 cylinders. Short pitch bowling will have to be the order of the day. U cannot contain at this stage. Wkts will be the key for NZ. This match will be over before lunch. WI were going at 3.13/ov. I expect that to reduce with Shiv at the wkt. Already he has 20 without a boundary. That's fine,his role will be to stay to the end. This will be a rip tide for WI. Not for the faint-hearted. If req'd Sammy should come before Ramdin. All the best WI.

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