West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kingston, 1st day June 8, 2014

Williamson ton builds strong platform

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New Zealand 240 for 2 (Williamson 105*, Latham 83) v West Indies
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The first Test match after two high-profile Twenty20 tournaments - the World T20 and the IPL - got off to a slow start at Sabina Park, as New Zealand's run rate stayed below 2.65 an over throughout the day. The visitors, however, had the better time of it after Kane Williamson and Tom Latham adjusted to the pitch, whose strongest characteristic was its sluggishness, and put on a 165-run stand for the second wicket.

The spectators who came to the ground to see Chris Gayle bat in his 100th Test had to wait after West Indies' new Test captain, Denesh Ramdin, lost the toss. Instead, they were witness to the comebacks of four bowlers from layoffs of varying lengths, and the discipline of two young New Zealand batsmen, who played with a patience that is becoming increasingly rare in international cricket.

Jerome Taylor, whose last Test was in November 2009, opened the bowling with Kemar Roach, who had been out of action for more than a year. Neither bowler hit the speeds they used to before their injuries, but that was probably due to the pitch. Moving the ball away from both the right and left-hand openers, Taylor was more effective than Roach, but on the whole they could have made the batsmen play more than they did. Their lengths too were shorter than ideal on this surface, whose slowness made it easy to play on the back foot.

New Zealand were cautious in the opening exchanges, with their newest opening combination Peter Fulton and Latham barely playing a forceful shot. Fulton was beaten by a couple of deliveries from Taylor that seamed away from off stump, and when one did not move as much, his poor footwork resulted in an edge to the wicketkeeper. It was the ninth consecutive innings in which Fulton had failed to pass 15.

In the 10th over, Ramdin made a surprising bowling change. Darren Bravo had never bowled in any form of international cricket - he had bowled only 100 deliveries in first-class cricket - and yet here he was bowling medium-pace in a Test. His lengths were horrible and the experiment lasted only one over.

Benn, playing his first Test since December 2010, came on in the 12th over and immediately found turn and bounce to keep his two slips alert. New Zealand scored only 22 in the first hour.

Shortly after drinks Ramdin deployed spin from both ends, but it was Marlon Samuels that he turned to and not the other specialist Shane Shillingford. Samuels thought he had Latham lbw first ball and reviewed the umpire's not-out decision, only to find the ball had hit both the inside edge and then the pad outside off stump.

Benn bowled five maidens in his first six overs and had a bat-pad appeal upheld shortly before lunch, but Latham successfully challenged it. New Zealand went into the break on 62 for 1, scoring at just over 1.90 an over.

In the first over of the second session, Latham drove loosely at a full and wide Taylor delivery and edged to Samuels at gully. He was on 39, and his partnership with Williamson was worth 55, but both received a lease of life when replays showed Taylor's heel was not behind the crease.

In the next over - the 34th - Williamson cut Benn for four to take the run rate above two for the first time. It had taken Williamson 84 balls to hit his first boundary. He and Latham swept the spinners when they bowled fuller lengths, and when it was short they had enough time to go back and play square of the wicket. Every now and then, though, the odd delivery spun sharply past the outside edge.

Benn bowled 19 consecutive overs either side of lunch, far more than any other bowler. When he had finished his 16th, Shillingford was coming on to bowl only his fourth. Shillingford ripped an offbreak from leg and middle past Latham's defensive prod but the batsman got to his maiden half-century a couple of balls later, off his 126th delivery.

Until the 54th over, not a single ball had been hit in the air, and then Williamson cut Roach over gully. He got to his half-century in the same over, by edging a drive through the same region. By tea time Williamson and Latham were using their feet, and the depth of their crease, with ease. They had scored 102 runs in the second session.

The old ball began to do things after tea. Taylor reversed it a bit, but Shillingford got it to spin big. Latham, on 83, closed the face too early to an offbreak and the ball lobbed back to the bowler off the leading edge.

It could have been tricky for the new batsman but the hard toil told on the West Indies bowlers, whose lines and lengths were shoddy. Williamson moved into the 90s by cutting a short and wide one from Roach for four, but then stopped scoring for 33 balls. During that time, Taylor kept New Zealand going, and when West Indies took the second new ball in the 85th over, he cut three wide ones from Roach for boundaries.

Just when it seemed Williamson might go into stumps a few short of a century, he snapped out of his scoreless trance and late-cut successive deliveries from Benn to bring up his sixth Test hundred.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY everfaithful77 on | June 9, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    I am a bit dejected wth the way Ramdin has handled things post lunch dy 2. In two full sessions Taylor bowled only 7 overs and Roach only 9. After the departure of New Zealand's big 3 Williamson, Taylor and McCullum one would have thought that Ramdin would get more aggressive and confident in trying to dismiss the remaining Kiwi batsmen. Instead we saw him completely abandon seam and persisted with spin of all types full or part-time even without success until the end of the 2nd session. One can only deduce that he was holding the seamers back until he can take the new ball. If so then this plan didn't work because New Zealand scored much heavier in the 2nd session of the day and are now in a dominant position without loosing another wicket. The Windies must learn to seize the iniative whenever it comes and don't allow things to just rumble on. Try something different with both spin and seam even a bouncer plan with the proper field. You didnt see any of that and WI paid heavily.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    What message is Ramdin sending to the selectors by bowling Darren Bravo first change and Shillingford 5th? The WI team look flat on the field and we are in for a long day. I do not like the team. I would have preferred Jason in for Benn or Edwards. I am backing the Windies nevetheless; we need a couple of wickets early to get back in the game.

  • POSTED BY stumpedlloyd on | June 9, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    @Chris Silva: Last time I checked, no one was forcing you to watch test cricket. If you don't like it, don't watch it. Stick to the pajama game where bowlers bowl low full tosses and the boundary lines are brought in so much that just a little tap sends the ball over so that crowds can cheer.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Sorry to sound a bit negative, but can anyone remotely connected with and/or following NZ cricket please explain the rationale behind selecting Peter Fulton over Hamish Rutherford for the test against the West Indies today. I can't see any reports of an injury or illness affecting availability.

    I realise the latter hasn't exactly set the world on fire after his début innings against England last year, but he surely cannot be considered to be in worse form and/or have a poorer technique than Peter Fulton. Plus with a ten year age gap between the two, Fulton is not exactly the future of the side anyway.

    Unless a miracle happens in NZs second innings, or injury to relevant players on the tour, this must surely be Fulton's last ever test.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Nice to c roach n taylor back...whr s edwards...hate west indies pitches nw...kane sbatsman to watch..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 9, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    great start for nz. will and lat are awesome and also rosco is fab as usual. nz now have the upper hand with batsman like bazz and bj left. but wait fulton is in the team why? where is my classy gup

  • POSTED BY cricketman96 on | June 9, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    congratulation W I hope U R enjoying ur success now that u have Darren Sammy out of the way. As his critics have realized he was just blocking space and keeping W I cricket from progressing. with two genuine quick in the line up and a less than average performer with the bat at the helm we can now sit back, relax and enjoy our boys dominate world cricket again. I have a feeling that we are in for some very tough times ahead.But then again the main obstacle toward WI cricket progress has been removed. We can only now so better. west Indian 4life.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | June 9, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    @SirViv1973 "Narine has not looked threatening in the longer format. "

    What rubbish he's only played 6 games ! He was instrumental in West Indies home series win over NZ in 2012 and just took 6 wickets v NZ in one innings on an early December green top ! Anyone who can spin the ball both ways with such control is more threatening than even the best fast bowler in this age especially on these type of pitches your comment and others who make these comments about Narine not being a Test player are ridiculous, the only reason he's thought like this is because he's played so little and was given a debut v England in wet early May the worst possible conditions for spin.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 9, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    @Chris Silva No one has forced you to watch it. No one cares what you think (apart from you yourself of course) so better keep your opinion to yourself.

  • POSTED BY Sgtm1993 on | June 9, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Williamson is all class. What an amazing player..plays pace and spin equally well..I watched him bat all day yesterday and the thing that impressed me the most was how he always tried to hit the ball with the straight bat. He never played an outrageous shot and always tried to time the ball to find gaps. People talk about kohli and pujara and devillers but for me this guy is the most important batsman for the kiwi's. They would want to build an innings around him and he has been one of the 2 players who have impressed me the most. The other being steve smith. Well played kane..hope you get a big one today because you are newzealand's best batsman after martin crowe in my opinon. People say taylor and all but he hasn't really produced that many good innings outside of new zealand. He has 11 hundreds and 8 of them have been in new zealand. Kane is still young and has lots of potential. Don't understand WI tactics though. spinner bowling over the wicket with leg slip? come around the wick

  • POSTED BY everfaithful77 on | June 9, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    I am a bit dejected wth the way Ramdin has handled things post lunch dy 2. In two full sessions Taylor bowled only 7 overs and Roach only 9. After the departure of New Zealand's big 3 Williamson, Taylor and McCullum one would have thought that Ramdin would get more aggressive and confident in trying to dismiss the remaining Kiwi batsmen. Instead we saw him completely abandon seam and persisted with spin of all types full or part-time even without success until the end of the 2nd session. One can only deduce that he was holding the seamers back until he can take the new ball. If so then this plan didn't work because New Zealand scored much heavier in the 2nd session of the day and are now in a dominant position without loosing another wicket. The Windies must learn to seize the iniative whenever it comes and don't allow things to just rumble on. Try something different with both spin and seam even a bouncer plan with the proper field. You didnt see any of that and WI paid heavily.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    What message is Ramdin sending to the selectors by bowling Darren Bravo first change and Shillingford 5th? The WI team look flat on the field and we are in for a long day. I do not like the team. I would have preferred Jason in for Benn or Edwards. I am backing the Windies nevetheless; we need a couple of wickets early to get back in the game.

  • POSTED BY stumpedlloyd on | June 9, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    @Chris Silva: Last time I checked, no one was forcing you to watch test cricket. If you don't like it, don't watch it. Stick to the pajama game where bowlers bowl low full tosses and the boundary lines are brought in so much that just a little tap sends the ball over so that crowds can cheer.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Sorry to sound a bit negative, but can anyone remotely connected with and/or following NZ cricket please explain the rationale behind selecting Peter Fulton over Hamish Rutherford for the test against the West Indies today. I can't see any reports of an injury or illness affecting availability.

    I realise the latter hasn't exactly set the world on fire after his début innings against England last year, but he surely cannot be considered to be in worse form and/or have a poorer technique than Peter Fulton. Plus with a ten year age gap between the two, Fulton is not exactly the future of the side anyway.

    Unless a miracle happens in NZs second innings, or injury to relevant players on the tour, this must surely be Fulton's last ever test.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Nice to c roach n taylor back...whr s edwards...hate west indies pitches nw...kane sbatsman to watch..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 9, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    great start for nz. will and lat are awesome and also rosco is fab as usual. nz now have the upper hand with batsman like bazz and bj left. but wait fulton is in the team why? where is my classy gup

  • POSTED BY cricketman96 on | June 9, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    congratulation W I hope U R enjoying ur success now that u have Darren Sammy out of the way. As his critics have realized he was just blocking space and keeping W I cricket from progressing. with two genuine quick in the line up and a less than average performer with the bat at the helm we can now sit back, relax and enjoy our boys dominate world cricket again. I have a feeling that we are in for some very tough times ahead.But then again the main obstacle toward WI cricket progress has been removed. We can only now so better. west Indian 4life.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | June 9, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    @SirViv1973 "Narine has not looked threatening in the longer format. "

    What rubbish he's only played 6 games ! He was instrumental in West Indies home series win over NZ in 2012 and just took 6 wickets v NZ in one innings on an early December green top ! Anyone who can spin the ball both ways with such control is more threatening than even the best fast bowler in this age especially on these type of pitches your comment and others who make these comments about Narine not being a Test player are ridiculous, the only reason he's thought like this is because he's played so little and was given a debut v England in wet early May the worst possible conditions for spin.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 9, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    @Chris Silva No one has forced you to watch it. No one cares what you think (apart from you yourself of course) so better keep your opinion to yourself.

  • POSTED BY Sgtm1993 on | June 9, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Williamson is all class. What an amazing player..plays pace and spin equally well..I watched him bat all day yesterday and the thing that impressed me the most was how he always tried to hit the ball with the straight bat. He never played an outrageous shot and always tried to time the ball to find gaps. People talk about kohli and pujara and devillers but for me this guy is the most important batsman for the kiwi's. They would want to build an innings around him and he has been one of the 2 players who have impressed me the most. The other being steve smith. Well played kane..hope you get a big one today because you are newzealand's best batsman after martin crowe in my opinon. People say taylor and all but he hasn't really produced that many good innings outside of new zealand. He has 11 hundreds and 8 of them have been in new zealand. Kane is still young and has lots of potential. Don't understand WI tactics though. spinner bowling over the wicket with leg slip? come around the wick

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Test match cricket has got so boring it is untrue. How few proper spectators at the ground. They fill the stands with school children? Who benefits form Test cricket and spectators do not want to waste days on end. Time to do away with Test cricket and replace with ODI and T20 that will keep the spectators interested.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | June 9, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Its disappointing to see that these types of pitches are still the norm in the Caribbean. For the first time in a good few years the WI have a decent looking seam attack with bowlers of proven test quality in Roach & Taylor and the quick and promising Gabriel. Also with Sammy gone there's also the possibility of playing Holder or Dwayne Bravo as a seam bowling all rounder. With this sort of an attack surely it would make sense to produce quicker surfaces and maybe leave a bit of grass on the top. I think the WICB are missing a trick by not asking for this as it would assist the quicks & make for more exciting cricket which may encourage more people to come to test matches in the region. Besides WI spin options aren't great at the moment. Shillingford is a decent but not outstanding bowler. Benn wasn't great when he was in the side a few yrs ago & has a poor record and Narine has not looked threatening in the longer format. I wonder what ever happened to Bishoo?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 9, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    best batman caruant nz team

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | June 9, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Recent West Indies captains are all the same,they tend to have a bowler bowl long spells instead of mixing up the bowling changes.The selectors are weak kneed individuals.An in form Braithwaite should be playing instead of Powell.Roach making the team without playing much recently is not right.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    At a time when the younger generation is gravitating naturally towards T20s, it is imperative that sporting pitches be the norm in tests. Pitches like these will only reduce interest in test match cricket. Flat and slow, it had nothing in it for the bowlers to really bend their backs. Pretty amazing how a naturally quick pitch at Sabina Park has changed so much in character in 2014.

    That being said, Jerome Taylor was pretty impressive, but lacked support from Kemar Roach. It was obvious that Shillingford's inability to bowl the doosra made him half as effective as he was on the India tour. He really got the off-break to rip, but the lack of change-up did him in the end. Benn bowled flat and quick, and could have been more of a threat had he flighted the ball a bit more. Sunil Narine, with his bag of tricks, could have made a real impact seeing the way the ball turned for Shillingford

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Real Test Match Cricket I do hopes Kane as a batsman will go long way at least and most importantly in Test Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Antony_Lucas on | June 9, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Hesson's inexplicable decision to play favourites by selecting Peter Fulton yet again, has been trumped by the inclusion of Tom Latham. Latham is a magnificent addition to the NZ setup and i can envisage him playing a 100 test matches.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 9, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    I'm Australian but have always had a wee soft spot for the Kiwi's as being our neighbour. Fantastic start as slowish run rate won't affect the game if they post 450 plus as they won't need to bat again. NZ style at the moment is very similar to South Africa's recent style in consolidating on the first innings even if at a slow run rate , then back your bowlers to do the job with the runs in the bank.

  • POSTED BY FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on | June 9, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    BRATHWAITTE, HOLDER and GABRIEL - all left out of the XI. With the exception of Gabriel, who was perhaps fortunate to even make the squad, one feels the selectors got it wrong. Everybody knew that the track was going to be a dead one, so leaving out a grafting batsman such as Brathwaitte was folly. Powell should have made way for him certainly. As for the make up of the bowling unit, if you go in with just two quicks BOTH need to have been playing recently. Roach is a very fine bowler - potentially the best Windies quickie for years, but he hasn't played and was always going to come in cold. Taylor's bowled very well all season and deserved his chance. But having to rely on a pair of bowlers out of the game for so long was ill advised. Maybe they didn't want to risk a debutant such as Holder due to the failure of fear factor? Who knows? But they should have been braver, gone in with Benn and three quicks with Samuels also bowling 15 or so overs to keep an end quiet.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | June 9, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Solid start by NZ and a fine knock by Williamson and also young Latham.But unfortunately like a majority of Kiwi cricket fans, im completely at a loss as to understand why Fulton is in this team and has been for so long? He is clearly completely out of his depth in international cricket and how he can make the side yet Guptill can't is beyond me and it would appear it's a case of not what you know, but who you know.

  • POSTED BY tauranga on | June 9, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Well done Kiwi's. Sluggish pitch has not helped the run rate, but what a joy to see two young players play so well. Williamson will benefit from his County experiences & looks a really top rate Test player. In the aftermath of the money making IPL knockabout this series could be a showcase for Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    As a Kiwi its a great start to the test and the team is still going strong and backing up a strong performance after the India series. All I want is consistent performance and this start goes a long way. Excuses could have been made about the 4 month gap if the performance was bad but NZ playing very well. 240/2 is an excellent start. One thought though on Peter Fulton. This series surely is his last chance. 9 innings in a row and he has failed to pass 15. I thought he was lucky after India ,he has had enough chances now. The England century in 2012 at home seems a long time ago. I think perhaps try Williamson as an opener with Tom Latham. He has the temperament. No one else is putting their hand up in NZ at the moment.

  • POSTED BY everfaithful77 on | June 9, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Hard going for Windies but I was most disappointed with Kemar ROACH who was much to wayward and consequently wasted several deliveries both sides of the wicket. Roach must take a page from the great West Indian fast bowlers who were much more accurate in all conditions and constantly challenging the ability of the batsmen. Roach has the pace to hurry any batsman but he just needs to be more accurate in threatening the stumps regularly and hostile with bouncers that force errors or evasive action. He was also very expensive compared to the other bowlers for the same reasons. One might excuse him because of the slowness of the pitch but this is where his experience and patience should have kicked in. The spinners also needed to adjust to the slow pace off the pitch by pushing the ball through a little more especially BENN who I thought was a bit too slow through the air and allowed the batsmen to read his turn off the pitch mostly on the backfoot. Hope for an improved effort on day 2.

  • POSTED BY wnwn on | June 9, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Great to have test cricket back. No white ball, coloured clothing, music, cheerleaders and ridiculous run rates of 15 per over.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    if 240/2 at the end of 1st day of 1st test of an away series is bad for a team, God knows where test cricket is going for youngsters!

  • POSTED BY zn264 on | June 9, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    Looking forward to NZ getting the ball in hand to be honest...also...where the hell are the highlights online! Living in Aus and it couldn't be on at a worse time.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | June 9, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    What a boring match for a first day !!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY EdStainsby on | June 9, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    @9ST9 - on paper, NZ have penetrative bowlers - Boult and Southee are both in the ICC top ten. Let's see how they, and Neesham, and the spinners, go.

  • POSTED BY wirus on | June 9, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Please calm down all. This is test match cricket, played over five days. Any bowling team that can keep it under 3 an over all day can't be that bad. The pitch on day 1 was dead. Hang on and see what happens on the remaining days before passing judgement, calling for changes and denigrating players . Again this is test cricket. Have some respect for this good NZ side.Those who expect them to roll over are in for a shock- Narine or not! Hard graft and patience is what is required. Let's see how it pans out over the next few days.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | June 9, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Without Sunil Narine, this team does not have any chance to bowl NZ out twice.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    looking at the NZ cricket for the last ten years i think its the administrators in newzealand who should be blamed for the in different performances of the team. They removed one of their best captain Stephen Fleming and that prompt him to take early retirement otherwise he could have easily played till the 2011 world cup. After removing Fleming they made a captain whose own fitness was a always a problem and since then New zealand never recovered.

  • POSTED BY imtiazjaleel on | June 9, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    if there is turn in the pitch, then i believe Sunil Narine should be played. He will be effective.

  • POSTED BY Byar on | June 9, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Well, well, well. Where are the Sammy bashers? Or is it too soon? I suppose the W.I. Team is balanced now? 2 pacers and in effect 2.5 spinners. Of the 2.5 spinners - 1.5 cannot a delivery or else they will be banned from bowling in the match. Great work. By the way Dwayne Bravo - you really wanted Sammy's spot but as usual, you are not available (this time through injury) to be on the park. Please come back quickly as we need the team to be balanced and to take note of your contributions.

  • POSTED BY regofpicton on | June 9, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    StevieS is right when he says the IPL is "only a domestic competition". But its an Indian domestic competition, which has been reinforced by the addition of the most of the best players from the rest of the world. That makes it a very high grade of competition indeed. So when Narine stars in the IPL, you know he's a very special player, and for WICB to refuse to pick him on the ground that "they are committed to excellence" beggars belief.

    But what do i care - I'm a New Zealander. So thanks for the leg up . . .

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    @Romain, Sunil Narine is not a good bowler in Tests. He's a t20 specialist. Since this is a Test match, you can play him carefully and most probably he may not have wickets. Sunil Narine is easy to counter in Tests as you can watch the ball till the last minute. But in T20 its tough because you need to get runs quickly and at that time, Sunil Narine proves effective.

  • POSTED BY 22many on | June 9, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    second tier bowling to be honest....WI need to bring Narine....the thought of the WI going to SA and Aussie in the near future has to be a worry.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | June 9, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    Is it me or does everyone else feel like this game really lacks penetrative bowling on both sides, and possibly the game will end in a draw?

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | June 9, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    ODIs and IPL are only a part of the reason for Tests Crickets impending demise. The real reason is the type of surfaces on which Tests are played. The pitch today at Kingston would have put off even the most die-hard Test match fan. It was pathetic to see a genuine fast bowlers in Kemar Roach and Taylor bowling in the high 140s and the ball reaching at knee height to Dinesh Ramdin. Where is the TEST for the batsmen here?

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Good work Kane. Like T20 specialisits time to have test specialists. Players like kane williamson,pujara,amla,cook, clarke, steyn etc should only be allowed to play tests. Test matches are dying and we can only revive the same by having champion performers.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Its all Sammy's fault. He's unbalancing the team.

  • POSTED BY slasher on | June 9, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    I imagine the NZ selectors really wanted a right hand, left hand combination at the top, which is why Fulton got the nod over Rutherford. In effect Kane is acting as pseudo opener anyway, so why not use Latham and Rutherford, we will only have two lefties for as long as the opening stand lasts (which these days isn't very long).

  • POSTED BY schathuranga on | June 9, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    West indies cricket board save their spinner sunil narine.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | June 9, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Jagruti Patel please don't tell me you think Narine is their best player? People need to remember that the IPL is just a domestic competition and test cricket is a completely different kettle of fish to 20/20's. Narine averages over 40 with the ball in tests.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    One match on from D.Sammy and honestly does the WI look any better than on the NZ tour late last year? From the score at 100 for 1 it felt that it would be all downhill from there(for WI). Granted its the first day of the first test match of a series, a WI fan actually feels that by end of day tomorrow we can be staring at 500 or more and fighting to save a test. Why are we playing a match with 3 bowlers who haven't played test match cricket in a long, long time?Is J Taylor back too soon? Benn has never been a wicket taker:spin his team to a victory(can bowl economically) and will not become one now. Roach is barely scraping 130 kph. I would rather watch Tino bowl some lively stuff than this. Uninspiring and dull from the WI today.BTW where is Ravi Rampaul?Hope for better tomorrow(from a WI point of view) but my gut tells me that there will probably be more misery. The pitch may be bad but I doubt that the WI will be 240 for 2 when they come out to bat.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    Well Played by NZ blackcaps today in Jamaica. I always thought young Kane Williamson to be a very good player, he showed that again. Excellent innings !

  • POSTED BY The-Stoat on | June 9, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    Williamson will be one of our greatest batsmen and currently they might as well open with him. I do wonder why they have persisted with Fulton and Rutherford. I would have had two out of Michael Papps, Michael Bracewell and Craig Cachopa tour, opening with Latham.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    west indies miss sunil narine

  • POSTED BY bobbo2 on | June 9, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    Williamson is all class. I think he will eventually be NZs top run scorer as he is still so young. Great effort, though I do wonder whether we should stick with Rutherford. Fulton had fond nothing since the England series and averages 28 and is not going to get any better. I also think his no scoring has affected Rutherford. But great effort NZ

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | June 9, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    haha..

    WI play 2 spinners .....

    and neither are from Guyana or Trinidad ....

    this is how the WICB rolls ....

    Spinners are OK.... as long as they are not Trinidadian or Guyanese

  • POSTED BY Al.Turner on | June 9, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    Watched every ball.....great to see NZ mental fortitude has carried on from the Indian Tour and the machine keeps steaming along. Very poor first day slow wicket with spinners taking up most of the day both ends....this created a slow start BUT we are building a great platform. I hope it will be so good that our aggressive batters can play their game and get a 400+ on a tough wicket....the swing is there so I expect our seemers to be very successful and get to the position to enforce a follow-on.....haha but Cricket is a funny game...making a prediction is always a fruitless exercise....well done Kiwi's...I got alot of stick for not allowing others to watch the French Final in the tennis...

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    Great start, now hopefully Kane can go on and make this a big hundred, as well as get some support from the middle order. They should be able to play aggressively now that the platform has been laid, that will suit Mccullum and Neesham. Looking forward to the NZ bowlers getting to bowl on a pitch that has something for them, and with what will most likely be a big total behind them.

  • POSTED BY Ilovenz on | June 9, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    Great stuff NZ keep up the work. Kane getting better and better each match he plays.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | June 8, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    240 runs in a full days cricket. That's slow going but the Kiwi's are setting up something big here. 500+ on the cards now.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | June 8, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    2/240 after 92 overs. Spin, spin, and more spin on day 1. This is the type of pitch that will keep people away from Test cricket. Great discipline by NZ, but just a horrible pitch. WI would've been banking on bowling last and still there spinners may prove to be effective in the third innings, but something has to be done about the poor state of pitches in WI. So sad.

  • POSTED BY D-Ascendant on | June 8, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    Kane batted like a man from a different era. So much concentration and focus; at times it made for slow run-scoring, but he understands the need to bide his time. I hope he cashes in on Day 2 and gets 250+.

  • POSTED BY FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on | June 8, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    One of the worst test wickets I've seen in Jamaica...this is not going to bring people back to watch test cricket.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | June 8, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    It's great to see Jerome Taylor back in the spotlight one of if not the smoothest actions in the game, sadly the pitch is deader than a dodo really is terrible.West Indies cricket need to bring in some specialist groundsman form Australia or something and see if they can help surely Aussie conditions are even harsher than Caribbean yet they produce exciting surfaces without fail. Shllingford without his doosra isn't going to be the same, Benn bowled well and threatened with his arm ball but once batsman were in was no trouble Narine's admission is massive blow that cannot be ignored. Overall an uninspiring day with no real excitement or talking points. Williamson and Latham basically seemed like they were having a net , as a fan of the game you can see why Test cricket is dying. I expect New Zealand to reach 450 by tea tomorrow without any trouble what so ever.

  • POSTED BY JoshFromJamRock on | June 8, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    Good day for NZ. As a WI fan I didn't expect more than 4 wickets on the 1st day on this pitch. The 4 frontline bowlers were all coming off lay-offs of varying lengths but Jerome Taylor was quite impressive although he was a bit unlucky and could have been a bit more aggressive in his line. When he was bowling, a wicket always looked like it was coming. Benn was okay but he probably could have used his slider and arm ball more against Williamson. Shillingford was okay despite being restricted to his stock delivery but he was struggling a bit to get his length right. Roach had an awful day as he rarely ever beat the batsmen comprehensively with neither pace nor movement. If his bowling doesn't improve substantially, I suggest Holder replacing him for the next Test.

    Its NZ's match so far from over as McCullum's target of 450 is still far away, especially at this run rate.

  • POSTED BY SDCLFC on | June 8, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    I thought that you never needed to outrun the bear you just needed to outrun your mate. Rutherford would've thought he did that but yet he's been eaten and Fulton got away. I don't care how much of the captain's mate you are if you don't score runs you shouldn't be there. A very mixed message to send to a young man starting out his career.

  • POSTED BY goafghanistan on | June 8, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    Why do they keep on selecting Fulton? Crazy he must be one of the worst opening batsman to have ever played. I thought after the warmup game when he scored 0&2 he prolly won't make the selection but he did. averaging 26 runs after 37 innings is unbelievable for an opening batsman that doesnt bowl

    I had a search http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?batting_positionmax1=2;batting_positionval1=batting_position;class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=batting_average;orderbyad=reverse;qualmin1=20;qualval1=innings;template=results;type=batting NZ dominates :) looks like its a opening is a problem thats plagued NZ for years

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    the westindies is well short of fast bowlers these days

  • POSTED BY Sultan2007 on | June 8, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    It saddens the heart to see a listless Sabina Park pitch. This used to be such a fast paced bouncy track even as recently as the 1980's. Equally saddening is to see Suleiman Benn coming on in the 11th over of Day 1 of the Test Match and the Windies going in with just 2 quicks.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 8, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    This is what happens when ego comes before best player. Hope NZ make 1000 runs and selectors call narine for second test.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 8, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Pretty sure WI missed a step picking shillingford for this game should have gone with pacer.

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | June 8, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    funny how things change, i went on 2 holiday visits in the 80s when the west Indies would hit you with 4 fast bowlers. in this game they have 3 spinners granted one would be classed a part timer in Samuels but in Benn and Shillingford 2 good spinners. its like going to India with the state of the pitch.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    What does Fulton have to do to not get selected? Seriously, 2 ducks in 4 innings in the practice games, an average of 27 in 37 innings, he hasn't made 15+ in how many innings now? Whatever the selection process is right now, it HAS to change. This isn't funny any more

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  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    What does Fulton have to do to not get selected? Seriously, 2 ducks in 4 innings in the practice games, an average of 27 in 37 innings, he hasn't made 15+ in how many innings now? Whatever the selection process is right now, it HAS to change. This isn't funny any more

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | June 8, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    funny how things change, i went on 2 holiday visits in the 80s when the west Indies would hit you with 4 fast bowlers. in this game they have 3 spinners granted one would be classed a part timer in Samuels but in Benn and Shillingford 2 good spinners. its like going to India with the state of the pitch.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 8, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Pretty sure WI missed a step picking shillingford for this game should have gone with pacer.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 8, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    This is what happens when ego comes before best player. Hope NZ make 1000 runs and selectors call narine for second test.

  • POSTED BY Sultan2007 on | June 8, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    It saddens the heart to see a listless Sabina Park pitch. This used to be such a fast paced bouncy track even as recently as the 1980's. Equally saddening is to see Suleiman Benn coming on in the 11th over of Day 1 of the Test Match and the Windies going in with just 2 quicks.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    the westindies is well short of fast bowlers these days

  • POSTED BY goafghanistan on | June 8, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    Why do they keep on selecting Fulton? Crazy he must be one of the worst opening batsman to have ever played. I thought after the warmup game when he scored 0&2 he prolly won't make the selection but he did. averaging 26 runs after 37 innings is unbelievable for an opening batsman that doesnt bowl

    I had a search http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?batting_positionmax1=2;batting_positionval1=batting_position;class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=batting_average;orderbyad=reverse;qualmin1=20;qualval1=innings;template=results;type=batting NZ dominates :) looks like its a opening is a problem thats plagued NZ for years

  • POSTED BY SDCLFC on | June 8, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    I thought that you never needed to outrun the bear you just needed to outrun your mate. Rutherford would've thought he did that but yet he's been eaten and Fulton got away. I don't care how much of the captain's mate you are if you don't score runs you shouldn't be there. A very mixed message to send to a young man starting out his career.

  • POSTED BY JoshFromJamRock on | June 8, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    Good day for NZ. As a WI fan I didn't expect more than 4 wickets on the 1st day on this pitch. The 4 frontline bowlers were all coming off lay-offs of varying lengths but Jerome Taylor was quite impressive although he was a bit unlucky and could have been a bit more aggressive in his line. When he was bowling, a wicket always looked like it was coming. Benn was okay but he probably could have used his slider and arm ball more against Williamson. Shillingford was okay despite being restricted to his stock delivery but he was struggling a bit to get his length right. Roach had an awful day as he rarely ever beat the batsmen comprehensively with neither pace nor movement. If his bowling doesn't improve substantially, I suggest Holder replacing him for the next Test.

    Its NZ's match so far from over as McCullum's target of 450 is still far away, especially at this run rate.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | June 8, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    It's great to see Jerome Taylor back in the spotlight one of if not the smoothest actions in the game, sadly the pitch is deader than a dodo really is terrible.West Indies cricket need to bring in some specialist groundsman form Australia or something and see if they can help surely Aussie conditions are even harsher than Caribbean yet they produce exciting surfaces without fail. Shllingford without his doosra isn't going to be the same, Benn bowled well and threatened with his arm ball but once batsman were in was no trouble Narine's admission is massive blow that cannot be ignored. Overall an uninspiring day with no real excitement or talking points. Williamson and Latham basically seemed like they were having a net , as a fan of the game you can see why Test cricket is dying. I expect New Zealand to reach 450 by tea tomorrow without any trouble what so ever.