West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Jamaica, 4th day

Dominant West Indies seal series

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

August 5, 2012

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West Indies 209 (Samuels 123, Bracewell 3-46) and 206 for 5 (Samuels 52, Chanderpaul 43*) beat New Zealand 260 (Guptill 71, Taylor 60, Roach 4-70) and 154 (Brownlie 35, Deonarine 4-37, Narine 3-19) by five wickets
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Kemar Roach and Shivnarine Chanderpaul walk back after the third day's play, West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Kingston, 3rd day, August 4, 2012
Kemar Roach and Shivnarine Chanderpaul were involved in a half-century stand (file photo) © DigicelCricket.com/Brooks LaTouche Photography

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  • West Indies won two Tests in a series against a major Test team (excluding Zimbabwe and Bangladesh) for the first time since the 2-1 win against India at home in 2002.
  • West Indies completed their first series win against New Zealand since the 1-0 win in 1995-96. West Indies had gone on to lose three of their past four series against New Zealand.
  • There has not been a single draw in the last 12 matches in Jamaica. Only two other venues (Headingley and Melbourne) have a hundred-percent result record since 2000 (min 10 matches).
  • For only the fifth time since 2000, West Indies completed a successful chase of a 200-plus target. Their highest chased in the same period is 418 against Australia in Antigua in 2003.
  • Kemar Roach, who picked up four wickets in New Zealand's first innings, made his highest Test score of 41. He went past his previous highest of 29 against Pakistan in 2011.
  • The 70-run stand between Roach and Shivnarine Chanderpaul is West Indies' best for the fifth wicket in the fourth innings against New Zealand and level fifth overall for the fifth wicket (fourth innings stands).

The end came sooner than the clouds. West Indies began the day needing 71 with six wickets in hand, but there were no twists as the hosts knocked off the required runs in just over an hour and secured a 2-0 series win, their first against a team other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the last three years. There were fears that the tropical storm, Ernesto, would wash away the last two days of the Test, but much to the relief of the home side the players woke up to clear skies. Kemar Roach and Shivnarine Chanderpaul played contrasting knocks but extinguished any fears that West Indies could capitulate in the anxiety of pushing for that elusive series win.

Roach, who came in as the nightwatchman, was the revelation, outscoring Chanderpaul with enterprising shots. West Indies had the edge by the end of the third day but given their propensity to collapse, a couple of early wickets would have redressed the balance. The aim would have been to dislodge Chanderpaul early, but New Zealand found Roach a handful. His plan was to be positive and he wasn't afraid to drive on the up. New Zealand, expectedly, set attacking fields but he managed to find the gaps.

Roach got the chase rolling with a fierce straight drive off Tim Southee, and later in the over smacked a short one over point. Roach's aggression took the pressure off Chanderpaul, who dropped anchor at the other end and didn't give the bowlers an inch. Roach rubbed it in further by slapping a short delivery from Neil Wagner past cover to bring up the fifty stand. The writing was on the wall for New Zealand.

Roach missed out on a half-century, though, when he drove hard at Kane Williamson and got a thick outside edge to point. When he departed, West Indies were just 23 away from victory. Narsingh Deonarine, who gave New Zealand headaches with his off spin, unleashed a couple of boundaries to take West Indies closer just as the clouds started to appear. The final honours went to Chanderpaul, who dabbed Williamson to third man to bring up West Indies' first series win against New Zealand since 1996, and their first clean sweep since the 2002 series in Bangladesh.

New Zealand, though, failed to give their outgoing coach John Wright a winning farewell. Defeat rounded off a difficult tour, in which they lost the T20s 2-0 and the one-dayers 4-1. They won't have much time to rectify those errors, with the tour of India coming up in a few weeks.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Well done, WI, you brought home the bacon; 8 out oF 10 matches won against the BC. Some of our fans never cease to amaze, calling for the sacking of the very men who have put together a fighting, competitive squad which never gives up. In addition, our team is currently playing with some pride which was sadly lacking in the teams of the last decade. Coach confronted those who weren't pulling their weight and gets criticized. So be it. Leave Sammy alone. Whether you like it or not, he's going to be the captain for another 5 years or so, so get used to it. Cease the harping you Pharisaical ones and support the team. Have we turned the corner? I don't think so, but we're moving in the right direction. We will get there eventually by the grace of GOD. Am happy to see the maturity in Samuels' batting. He's now the best batsman in the team in terms of strokeplay and run production in the last 2 series. Needs to be more alert in the field, though. Eagerly awaiting the return of DM Bravo.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

For those who are asking for Chanderpaul to quit now is very much unfair in the asking. he a lot of cricket left inhim. He is still the most dependable batsman. There are others like Lloyd who palyed until he was 40yrs old. Ponting is still around. Every man knows when is the right time so give the man a break.

Posted by spanishwestindian on (August 6, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Congrats to all the boys on a magnificent win. But let's not get carried away. Don't forget NZ dropped crucial catches at important moments in both matches, Gayle in the first test, and Samuels in the second. The matches could have been much closer.

Posted by cric_fan_ on (August 6, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

congratulations to WI team, it was a good competitive match up to the 4th morning. NZ has disappointed on this tour, hope they will bounce back from this form.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (August 6, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

West Indies are a good side these days. They're better than India. and gave England a sterner test than either India or Australia gave England last year. Well played.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (August 6, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

Well done Kemar Roach !! U Played like a agressive batsman. WI have 3-4 tail enders they are contributing nothing when it comes to batting. I want to see Kemar Roach should always batthing at 4th down. He has better defence and attack. This will give some flexibilty to WI batthing order. Also Ramdin batting letting us down. we may think about young Thomas, who is better player than Ramdin what i think. One thing more, WI playing 1 bowler shot. Sammy you consider himself as batsman not a bowler. Overall well done WI. M Samuels u beauty !! Your some shots are absouletly Gorgeous. Specially that shot when you hit sixx over extra cover and completed his hundred. Really it is one of the best inning i have seen in recent times. Ball is doing too much in 1st inning but you played like a true W Indians.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

the best indian test team 4 overseas game......1.gambhir 2.sehwag 3.kohli 4.sachin 5.laxman 6.dhoni 7.irfan 8.ashwin 9.zaheer 10.aaron 11.yadav..........and the reserves are.....12.yuvraj 13.rohit 14.rahul sharma 15.ishant or sreesanth..........if the squad is of 17.........then no. 17.raina

Posted by theshysheep on (August 6, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Well done Windies. Completely disagree with cricketfannik. Those players that you talk about are well and truly gone and we should not roll out that rubbish excuse. As for Oram, well he needs to be on his way to retirement. Simple as that. The likes of Vettori, McCullum and Martin also need to consider their various positions. Vettori seems to have lost his bowling ability, McCullum does not have the patience to play a test innings and Martin should go to stud!! Franklin should hopefully be making a comeback and I would love to know where Gillespie has got to. To the likes of Taylor, Williamson, Brownlie, Guptil and others - find your form quickly before it runs off as I can't see you winning anything over in India and that will look very tragic. Won't it?

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

West Indies definitely deserved this win, NZ were outplayed almost everyday. However, I feel a bit sorry for Guptill. Earlier in the year he turned down t20 leagues to work on his test game, and he showed a real consistency over both matches. Perhaps if he had been given some better support he would have fought through the pressure and got at least one century that he certainly deserved. Otherwise very poor from NZ batsmen.

Posted by timohyj on (August 6, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

WI have taken a big step forward by getting Gayle back, bu the biggest improvement will be chucking out sammy. sammy was only made captain because he was not involved in the players strike in 2009. Imagine a pace attack of Roach, Best, and Rampaul. That would bring back memories of the glory days of West Indies cricket, but it's not possible with sammy there. Samuels or Gayle can captain the squad as sammy is also a terrible captain

Posted by Venki_indian on (August 6, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

Come on Windies..I would like to see you guys lifting T20 WC

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

Good to see the WI with some confidence. But NZ should know that if they are making mistakes based on inexperience on the field, then they are bound to fail. There are only two ways to gain it, that is by learning of someone that has the experience, or by hammering it into yourself off the field and recognizing the flaws, like Richardson did and not making ANY mistakes on the field. Also Brendon's highest score is at opener, can we afford to experiment on the field.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

congrats to w.i but as a new zealander there are alot of problems that need to be solved. our senior payers need to step up or step aside. if mccullum isnt keeping he ruins the balance sure he can score runs quick, but correct me if im wrong a top order TEST batter shoud be able to bat out a day and i doubt highly he has the restraint to do that. same with ross taylor he may be the captain but he has to take some responsibilty for his innings and the teams innings. in my opinion the two are just glorified sloggers which is detrimental to our team atm.

Posted by Lamsalsandesh on (August 6, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

IT is real movement for all west indians and fans.

Keep the spirit alive..

show the team is back now by winning all format of the game.

take upcomming t20 cup home.

best of wishes from Nepal (south Asia)

Posted by beejaytee on (August 6, 2012, 1:01 GMT)

Well done West Indies. The side has come a long way in Gayle's absence, and with him back they look formidable. Roach continues to impress, and WI continue to enjoy both wickets and runs from their allrounders. A talented, but under-achieving side that is improving. Great to see. NZ, on the other hand, disappoint again. Taylor and McCullum should hang their heads. At least one of these two need to bat a minimum of 2 sessions in each innings, regardless of what the rest of the batsmen have done, & one needs to get 100 at least every Test. Playing BJ, who just scored 100 at #6, as an opener to keep two batsmen who do not score 100s in their preferred spots in the name of "stability" is ludicrous. And neither of them should get out playing a cut too close to the body for the rest of this tour. This is what is required of senior batsmen. The West Indies and Pakistan are leaving NZ behind because of steady influences like Shiv and Misbah. High time for leaders to lead.

Posted by tonymcbony on (August 6, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

W.I. have shown they are more than a handful at home, well done to them. It's good to see them getting better, heading towards regaining some of their former menace I hope. Why on earth people are calling for heads to roll in the W.I. team I have no idea, it's the administration that's the problem.

NZ seem set to continue the downward slide to innocuousness. As a Black Caps supporter I have to express total frustration at their performance. It's not like the team is wanting for talent or ability; although there isn't too many super stars, there are a lot of hard workers with solid ability. I think too many changes at the helm and too many competing coaching philosophies have lead them all to over-thinking and over-analysing as a team. They can perform, they have the ability, I just wonder where the confidence and grit have gone?

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 0:20 GMT)

Well done WI, Things are looking up, i just have a concern about the weakness of the keepers batting at #7 it creates too long of a tail, And if Sammy could pick up the pace more in his bowling being the 3rd seamer, i think it would be great....

Posted by Meety on (August 6, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

Well done WIndies. Sammy is just going to be one of those players that will lead to devisive debate. On the one hand, he is not a great bowler (statistically sound), he isn't really a batsmen - but has a test ton, he may not be the tactically best captain either, but what he does have, is a good relationship with the coach that WORKS, & players who are willing to give their BEST (no pun intended, well maybe it was) for him. This has meant that the WIndies look the most disciplined, since the days of Richardson, & most neutral followers could see that results would eventually go the way of the WIndies. They lost series to Oz, India & England recently, but really due to the way they played, it was obvious they were going to win soon. I rate Darren Bravo highly, so I would want to squeeze him in somwhere, probably at the expense of Fuddadin who performed credibly. This WIndies side will be tough to beat on home turf, & with Roach, should compete well overseas!

Posted by cricketfannik on (August 6, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

Well done WI, now its time for NZ for another 2-0 in INDIA. Well done. Thats what happen when big players retires together and before their age. NZ lost Astle, Fleming, Cairns, Twose, Harris, MAcmillan, Parore. They should have retire at same time and now look NZ has never recovered. Oram should play test too and in ODIs he should bat at no.4 or 5.Shame for NZ cant produce players anyways all are going in Rugby so point concentrating in cricket. I think NZ will soon start losing to Bangladesh. WI has callibre and if pollard, smith, bravo can come in Test teams as well then the team can be more strong. Well done WI

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

well done windies looking forward 2 seing more of gayle

Posted by bajanrod on (August 6, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

Congrats to Otis, Sammy and the rest of the team...especially Marlon Samuels. Really heartened by Samuels' batting efforts recently.

Posted by bobagorof on (August 5, 2012, 23:51 GMT)

Congratulations to the West Indies on a very important win. I find it strange, though, that so-called fans are calling for the people who are responsible for the winning results to be fired or replaced. So this is the reward for success? I would like to see the West Indies continue to have success, rather than a single series win, and I think there is some way to go before that is achieved. Finally, though, the West Indies team are on the right track. In another year or so of consistent improvement it may be time to re-evaluate the personnel - a few positions are currently not secure, so let them settle in to a winning culture before changing everything. Congratulations to the captain and coach who have put up with never-ending calls for their replacement despite improvements and now wins. Sammy is now a more successful captain than Gayle, so let him do his job.

Posted by PACERONE on (August 5, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

Well played W.I.!!! Now to progress to a higher level lessons must be learned from this series.I was disappointed that some of our batsmen did not bat not out especially as there was no rush in the second innings.In the first inning I thinks that after Samuel had gotten to his century he could of played a more normal game.Tino would of stayed around as he is capable.He just made 95against England and N.Z bowling is not as potent.Fuddain did not have to play that stroke that got him out.He had been playing beautifully,leaving or getting right behind the ball.We need anothe full time spinner in the team.Shillingford or preferable Benn.This will give the team a good variety of bowlers.Our fast bowlers can then be used in short spells and bowl fast.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (August 5, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

Congratulations to WI, but I have to say that 2-Test series should be scraped. 3 Test minimum. Cut down the T20 and ODIs if need be.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 22:51 GMT)

hats off to the guys. its been a long hard fought series. Nice to see the guys able to take 20 wickets time after time. Do use this series win as a stepping stone. Bangladesh comes in next with a barrage of spinners so twill be a new ball-game altogether. Enjoy!!!

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

No one least of all Gibson is above being fired. John Dyson coached us when we beat England who are now #1 in test cricket & yet he was fired. This is just a very ordinary New Zealand team. Mayb Gibson dont need 2 be fired he could always coach the A team. His expertise as a bowling coach would b very valuable to Johnson, Holder, Pascal , Tonge etc. But We need a quality coach who understands how to handle prominent players especially batsmen Also if we could get somme1 like Waqar Younis or Mcdermott to work as bowling coach that would b great. We won the series despite Sammy & Gibson not because of them

Posted by dudedud on (August 5, 2012, 22:17 GMT)

Go windies....................

Posted by Lermy on (August 5, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

Well done WI. Certainly not all bad for NZ. Most of the batting looks like it could easily improve with better shot selection and some luck. Bowling attack at times looked dangerous... ...but some 145k bowlers would be good. Where's Gillespie and McKay?

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

The West Indies team has won its first test series in a very long time. And I congratulate them. They deserve to win.

However, I think the team needs balance. Too many left-handers following each other in the batting line-up. That almost proved fatal in this game. If the West Indies did not have the rigthanded Marlon Samuels batting at number four, the result of this game might have been different, unnecessarily so. Lendel Simmons is a right handed player that should be in this team. I have seen him bat. He plays the game the way it was intended to be played. He has more shots at his disposal than some of those left-handed players that presently populate the team. All he needs is a good coach and some playing time, and he should be fine. More than that, he would solve the problem of balance that I referenced earlier. When you have too many batsmen of one persuasion or another, you are giving the bowlers on the opposite side an easier time to bowl at you.

Posted by jb633 on (August 5, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

@Asiba, please tell me that your joking. Shiv has been the best ambassador for WI cricket in the modern generation. Take him out of the WI side and they would have almost no middle order. Shiv Chand has played out of his skin in a poor side and has almost single handedly prevented the WI from descending to the levels of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The WI side is on the rise and I think Shiv deserves to reap the rewards of all of his hard work by playing in a winning side. I am English but have utmost respect for the guy. A real sporting hero and still a class act. Should play ODI cricket too.

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (August 5, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

Congrats.. W Indies.. great victory.. can clearly see impact of Chris Gayle on team and other guys..

Posted by west_indiesBoss on (August 5, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

i hoesntly cant believe im still seeing ppl saying to fire gibson.. they acknowledge that a good team of talented players hav come together and now they are willing to do away with the coach that stuck it out wen things wernt looking good? yal cant be serious.. he's been the most successful coach by any margin in recent times.. i support yal

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

It maybe true that New Zealand were not the so called strongest opponents,but what the heck,neither are the West Indies the strongest.So to all of you who are saying this victory was "ONLY AGAINST NEW ZEALAND",newsflash,a test or a series win is a win regardless to who the opponents are, well done West Indies,i hope this is NOT another false dawn.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

Time for Chanders to hang up his boots. What is the point of continuing Mr Chanderpaul ? You bat too slowly. West Indies cannot afford Chanderpaul. Please make way for another player. Thank you for your good service Mr Chanderpaul. I love you.

Posted by blackie on (August 5, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

Congrats Windies. I predicted on these same pages that Windies would beat the Kiwis in all formats in this series and I'm very happy to see that we almost whitewashed them overall. It gone now but I believe if we had this team we would've beaten the Aussies. England was too cold for our guys. We need a consistent partner for Roach. Edwards seems not to be learning, Rampaul has gone backwards and Best though having the correct attitude and spirit, still needs work. Hoping Gabriel recovers soon. I am a Sammy fan in that I believe the team needed someone like him at the top to stabilize it and focus the younger players at a rough time when we also had no other candidates. As the team improves his place will be questioned more and more unless his batting or bowling improves. Ramdin kept wicket well but his batting continues to be a problem. Its now time to forget Sarwan, Taylor etc and move forward. Next step is #4 in the rankings.Congrats again Windies.

Posted by zimmby on (August 5, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

I am so much elated by this series win by WI. WI is my 2nd fav team after India. I like their fighting spirit and how they carried themselves in spite of so many defeats. Congrats Sammy and the team. :)

Posted by Richie0802 on (August 5, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

Congratulations Darren Sammy. Congratulations Marlon Samuels. Congratulations West Indies. A massively important, even historic, series win. World cricket needs a great West Indies and I pray this can be start of something big. KEEP IT UP, BOYS!!!!!!

Posted by QuarterMILE on (August 5, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

This West Indian team looks much better than the other Indian team. Seriously the bowling attack of this team si way better than the Indian club class of zaheer, ashwin, yadav and co. As far as batting is concerned, Gayle, Samuels, Chanderpaul and Deonarine are pretty good, at present they are better than Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin and Laxman. I don't see them losing to India at all at least in the West Indian grounds. On the contrary if West Indians visit now, the series would be pretty competitive. GO Windies.

Posted by Balb on (August 5, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

An expected win for WI. Now is the time for the seledtors to set up a few prep matches to select the best possiblle side for the twenty/20 competition.

Lots of names, lots of possibilities.

Posted by noplay on (August 5, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

Congratulations WI. Now that talented individuals have been pooled to bring home a victory, the WICB must see that its confrontational relationship with players is defeating. The coach promotes confrontation (Gayle, Chanderpaul and Deonarine) and the time has come to review his tenure. His concept of building a team of A players has not worked. In addition WICB must put in place a disciplinary procedure, so a dispute such as the one with Gayle is dealt with in a proper manner. Our cricket has stagnated because of the stubborn nature of the functionaries in WI cricket and action must be taken NOW

Posted by cheguramana on (August 5, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Delighted to see the WIndies team do so well, against opposition other than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. Having seen so many of their players in IPL, there is no question of the talent, energy and zest that West Indians bring to cricket. Congratulations, guys and all the best for future series !!

Posted by ARJa on (August 5, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

Congratulations for the windies for a good series win after what feels like an eternity. But the lack of quality in this NZ team was clearly evident in the manner in which they surrendered the advantage (not for the first time in the series). 51 run lead on that track should have materialized into a victory. But poor batting along with dropping Samuels early in the 2nd innings meant they always had a tough battle in hand. Just hope Sammy can add about 10 km to his average speed. Lets face it. He is the captain and the third seamer. Their batting isn't strong enough to have anyone else at no. 8 because the other bowlers are not adequate enough batsman. Sammy is well built physically, so he should be able to work on his pace. Then, the team would look more balance, once Bravo comes in place of Fuddadin. T20 world cup next. Good luck WI.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Well done WIndies, I am looking forward to a resurgence of crik-eet in these part of the world…have missed your unique and most exciting brand of this beautiful game no other team can ever match.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Congrats West Indies for such a deserving series win but I don't understand why Shiv plays at 5 should be 4 really. As for New Zealand who are now a weak team, losing T20 Series to West Indies 2-0, ODI Series 4-1 and Test Series 2-0 says a lot especially against ateam which according to rankings is almost the the same level as you. Can't really see you tackling on India, South Africa and England coming up for you guys :)

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Lets give thanks to OTIS GIBSON and the Mangement team for bringing together a squad that is FOCUS . It Is a good series win for the guys and the people of the Caribbean .

Posted by Vilander on (August 5, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

Wow WI well done..sorry for NZ guptil should have stayed not out yesterday. But WI amazing to see " dominant" as a adjective before WI test team again..best of luck.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Well am glad to see that the SAMMY/GIBSON experiment is paying dividends as I knew it would. Darren Sammy is the right man to be at the helm of west indies cricket and its equal as good that he is backed by a powerful coach who in-turn is backed by the west indies cricket board. That era with strike after strike and players thinking they are bigger than the game under RAMNARINE and his aggression is one i hoe never to see again. RAMNARINE has done alot for the welfare of the players in west indies cricket and for that he has to be highly commended but he never kept their attitudes in check nor did he seem to be able to tell them when they were going wrong. Under GIBSON and SAMMY we have seen a new era of fight and grit and professionalism. Darren is growing as a player as well and he is batting well at the moment ..he need to concentrate on his bowling a bit more now. Good series victory for the west indies.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

pathetic from nz.........the should take a break and ommitt players like brownlie and flynn...good for nothing

Posted by Dashgar on (August 5, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

At times it looked a game they could lose but they won the key moments, something they have really struggled with for a long time. Winning is a habit and hopefully West Indies are learning it.

Posted by kunderanengineer on (August 5, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Great historical series win for the Windies over Kiwis. Let's hope it's a confidence builder. In watching this series I did learn something about Marlon Samuels - his calm and composed demeanor on the field has sometimes been criticized on these very pages because it's been unfairly mistaken for nonchalance or even indifference. Looks can sometimes be very deceiving indeed.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Its begins of hundred miles walk, Keep it WI team, Congratulation to Samuel. Ball now is to WI board to select the right team in the right game and leave Politics aside. Hamza Rijal, Zanzibar-Tanzania

Posted by lee_man on (August 5, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Congratulations to Darren Sammy and the boys for breaking the drought of victories against New Zealand. Interestingly, this was done without any significant contribution from chris gayle. Keep up the good work guys.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Congrats to Sammy & the boys. I'm so happy, must have a "drink" for the series win. Congrats again.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (August 5, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

I am under no illusions, we still have a long way to go, with many questions to be answered. But words cannot describe how much this means. It has been a long time coming, but at last it appears that the false dawns of the past decade or so can be forgotten, for now, the West Indies cricket team is at long last on the right path. Onwards and upwards. Well done to Darren Sammy and his team.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 5, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

Congratulations West Indies. Glad to see this happen but must win tests against teams like England, Australia and South Africa etc. I know the remaining dozen or so tests for Windies will be against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Pakistan as per the ICC FTP. I wish you all the very best in the T20 world cup! A message from a diehard Lankan fan. I am yearning to see Windies return to their days of glory.

Posted by wanderer1957 on (August 5, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

Congrats to the West indies to secured a very good series win.

Posted by DWO1 on (August 5, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

CONGRATULATIONS to the West Indies and may your successes not be short lived ...

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

well done windies, its a long time since we havent dominate like this,keep it up guys.

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