West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kingston, 2nd day June 9, 2014

Neesham, Watling lead New Zealand to 508

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West Indies 19 for 0 trail New Zealand 508 for 7 dec (Williamson 113, Neesham 107, Watling 89, Taylor 55) by 489 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

West Indies were one wicket away from having a crack at New Zealand's tail during the morning session of the second day at Sabina Park. They did not take it for 60.3 overs. The visitors' last line of recognised batsmen, allrounder Jimmy Neesham and wicketkeeper BJ Watling, took advantage of tiring bowlers and a placid pitch to put on 201 runs for the sixth wicket, and all but erase West Indies' hopes of winning Chris Gayle's 100th Test.

Neesham was the first to attempt an aggressive approach on a sluggish surface and his methods made him the eighth batsman to score hundreds in his first two Tests. His partnership with Watling - compiled at 3.32 an over - was the fastest of the match, discounting the flurry from Tim Southee as New Zealand declared on 508 for 7 late in the day. The turnaround in tempo was remarkable, for New Zealand had scored only 59 in the first session for the loss of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum.

There were shots played after lunch, which was a drastic change from New Zealand's morning. Watling was strong square of the wicket, cutting and pulling, while Neesham's preferred region was between long-off and wide long-on. Early in the session, he stepped out and hit Suliemann Benn flat over the fielder at mid-on.

A standout feature of Neesham's innings was his inclination to use his feet on this slow pitch. He stepped out twice to hit Shane Shillingford over the straight boundary for the innings' first sixes in the 137th over, and continued advancing against Shillingford and Marlon Samuels, targeting the wide long-on boundary. Neesham passed 50 off 103 balls and then accelerated, getting to 100 off 159.

Between the boundaries, Neesham and Watling rotated strike comfortably, taking advantage of fatigued fielders. With Benn and Shillingford having bowled more than 40 overs each, West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin turned to Chris Gayle, who had last bowled in a Test in November 2012, but had no luck.

After scoring 129 runs in the second session, New Zealand were slow initially after tea. Neesham was approaching his century and eventually got there with graceful cover-drives off Benn and Jerome Taylor.

His partner Watling was so adept at scoring behind and square of the wicket that he had got to 72 without scoring a single run in the V. He then pushed one to mid-on, before charging Shillingford and hitting him for a straight six. Watling's success through point and square leg was an indication of the shorter lengths West Indies bowled to him. The quicks Taylor and Kemar Roach, in particular, had flagged after probing first spells.

Neesham's attempt at slogging after his century was short-lived; he was caught behind off Benn for 107. His average after three Test innings was 138.50. West Indies finally had their breakthrough but got hit around by Southee until Watling holed out to deep midwicket and the declaration came.

The morning had been so different for the home side. They had controlled the run-rate and taken crucial wickets. Williamson had overestimated the turn and shouldered arms to a delivery from Benn, only to hear his off stump take a hit. Williamson had been so good at leaving the fast bowlers, but eventually added only 8 to his overnight score.

New Zealand were still in a healthy position at 259 for 3 but they lost their most experienced batsmen quickly. Shortly after reaching his fifty, Taylor chipped a flighted delivery from Shillingford straight to midwicket. In the next over, Benn got one to spin and bounce sharply on McCullum; the ball took the outside edge and bounced off Ramdin's chest towards first slip, where Gayle took the catch. New Zealand had slipped to 279 for 5.

Neesham and Watling methodically batted out the remainder of the session, giving little indication of the dominance they would exert for the remainder of the day.

West Indies' openers, Gayle and Kieran Powell, had nine overs of flat-out intensity to negotiate from New Zealand's bowlers. Powell was lucky to survive, when he edged Tim Southee to third slip where Peter Fulton put down a simple catch. Gayle had no such scares, and it is him that most fans will flock to watch on Tuesday, hoping for a memorable innings in his 100th Test.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 11, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    NZ just about doing what was required and are in almost the position they would've liked to be @ end of day 3. Firstly,after winning a good toss they made sure to make full capital of it with top order doing their job and putting big p'ships and setting it up for a big score. Couple of batsmen too did the required by getting big 100s .Then it was just a matter of putting WI batting under strife with consistent attacking bowling and aggressive field setting . The pitch is breaking up quick and if the bowlers are on the mark consistently it's just a matter of time before fragile WI batting crumbles. That is just what we saw on d3.Think NZ dealt with follow on decision, exactly right way by electing to bat 2nd time.Couple of sessions of attacking play should leave plenty of time for NZ to wrap up WI ,should be over in couple of sessions @ most on d5 with a big W for them.Dont see this WI coming back on fast crumbling surface to save the match from here.

  • tutorial on June 10, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    The wickets of Powell and Edwards should serve as a reminder for wanting to rush the inexperience first class players in the WI.side. I said it before, three first class seasons and have to stay in top three position, before a player should be considered for the international team. "Know it all" calling for the young and inexperience is the reason WI.cricket is failing badly.

  • on June 10, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    to make test match more interesting ICC should make rule that in all test match bating run rate should be 3+.

  • on June 10, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    @naamprik are you watching the WI batting right now? As of typing this comment they are in 27/0 after 17 overs, that's even slower than we were. It's not that we were batting negatively or defensively, it's just an awful pitch. Nothing for the bowlers or the batsmen.

  • Snambidi on June 10, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    The hundredth test match for Chris Gayle does not appear to be 100% sweet& safe for him & WI with mammoth score from NZ in front to negotiate. A couple of Players will have to score tons to get away with a tame draw. Still three days left ,& in view of the match is being played at Sabina Park& particularly in view of the Fact that Gayle is cautious in his start with the Bat there is all likelihood of the match ending without a result. Winning the match is rather a Herculian task for WI. But Cricket is a glorious game of Unsertainty.Time would tell the result. So we could expect the Unexpected too!

  • naamprik on June 10, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    It's a shame the Kiwi supporters are so defensive. For those of us that LOVE test cricket, this type of game with kill it. Only the Kiwis are watching this, certainly not too many WI supporters. Watching Neesham and Latham patting Chris Gayle's gentle deliveries back to him, was too much. I had to watch something else, and I am a cricket junkie. Lehman has told Australia to play attacking cricket, let's hope that some of the other coaches do the same.

  • JoshFromJamRock on June 10, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Taylor, Holder, Benn and Narine have got to make up the bowling attach with Samuels and/or Bravo as main 5th bowlers depending on wicket.

    1)Benn gets bounce from any pitch. He adds the left-arm variation and he's very economical.

    2)Narine gets turn from any pitch and will take wickets especially with Benn from the other end to create pressure.

    3)Taylor has pace, is very economical, and will get wickets whether or not the pitch or atmosphere offers some assistance as he's a smart bowler.

    4)Holder has increased his pace and will get bounce from any pitch plus he's able to move the ball both ways. He's definitely a better choice than Roach currently.

    5)Bravo will ease the workload of the seamers while being somewhat economical. His cutters are effective on turning pitches which makes him a wicket-taking bowler also.

    6)Samuels will ease the workload of the spinners and get a wicket or two should batsmen lose focus or decide to attack him to release pressure by Benn and Narine.

  • on June 10, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    the pitch is a road. even bounce, not much carry, not doing much off the seam, barely turning.

  • shane-oh on June 10, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    @Joe Thompson - I reckon the NZ players will be pretty happy with their current position - and they are the experts on the topic afterall.

    This pitch isn't batting friendly - it's a Caribbean classic where both wickets and runs are hard to come by. Reserve judgement until both teams have batted on it, it takes resolve and concentration to survive on this wicket.

  • on June 10, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    These kind of games where batsman dominates will simply kill Tests. In ODIs and T20s fair enough we see more batting friendly games but tests too? please. Cricket is at a low state when it comes to pitches where most of them are generally flat. NZ are playing too negatively.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 11, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    NZ just about doing what was required and are in almost the position they would've liked to be @ end of day 3. Firstly,after winning a good toss they made sure to make full capital of it with top order doing their job and putting big p'ships and setting it up for a big score. Couple of batsmen too did the required by getting big 100s .Then it was just a matter of putting WI batting under strife with consistent attacking bowling and aggressive field setting . The pitch is breaking up quick and if the bowlers are on the mark consistently it's just a matter of time before fragile WI batting crumbles. That is just what we saw on d3.Think NZ dealt with follow on decision, exactly right way by electing to bat 2nd time.Couple of sessions of attacking play should leave plenty of time for NZ to wrap up WI ,should be over in couple of sessions @ most on d5 with a big W for them.Dont see this WI coming back on fast crumbling surface to save the match from here.

  • tutorial on June 10, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    The wickets of Powell and Edwards should serve as a reminder for wanting to rush the inexperience first class players in the WI.side. I said it before, three first class seasons and have to stay in top three position, before a player should be considered for the international team. "Know it all" calling for the young and inexperience is the reason WI.cricket is failing badly.

  • on June 10, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    to make test match more interesting ICC should make rule that in all test match bating run rate should be 3+.

  • on June 10, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    @naamprik are you watching the WI batting right now? As of typing this comment they are in 27/0 after 17 overs, that's even slower than we were. It's not that we were batting negatively or defensively, it's just an awful pitch. Nothing for the bowlers or the batsmen.

  • Snambidi on June 10, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    The hundredth test match for Chris Gayle does not appear to be 100% sweet& safe for him & WI with mammoth score from NZ in front to negotiate. A couple of Players will have to score tons to get away with a tame draw. Still three days left ,& in view of the match is being played at Sabina Park& particularly in view of the Fact that Gayle is cautious in his start with the Bat there is all likelihood of the match ending without a result. Winning the match is rather a Herculian task for WI. But Cricket is a glorious game of Unsertainty.Time would tell the result. So we could expect the Unexpected too!

  • naamprik on June 10, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    It's a shame the Kiwi supporters are so defensive. For those of us that LOVE test cricket, this type of game with kill it. Only the Kiwis are watching this, certainly not too many WI supporters. Watching Neesham and Latham patting Chris Gayle's gentle deliveries back to him, was too much. I had to watch something else, and I am a cricket junkie. Lehman has told Australia to play attacking cricket, let's hope that some of the other coaches do the same.

  • JoshFromJamRock on June 10, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Taylor, Holder, Benn and Narine have got to make up the bowling attach with Samuels and/or Bravo as main 5th bowlers depending on wicket.

    1)Benn gets bounce from any pitch. He adds the left-arm variation and he's very economical.

    2)Narine gets turn from any pitch and will take wickets especially with Benn from the other end to create pressure.

    3)Taylor has pace, is very economical, and will get wickets whether or not the pitch or atmosphere offers some assistance as he's a smart bowler.

    4)Holder has increased his pace and will get bounce from any pitch plus he's able to move the ball both ways. He's definitely a better choice than Roach currently.

    5)Bravo will ease the workload of the seamers while being somewhat economical. His cutters are effective on turning pitches which makes him a wicket-taking bowler also.

    6)Samuels will ease the workload of the spinners and get a wicket or two should batsmen lose focus or decide to attack him to release pressure by Benn and Narine.

  • on June 10, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    the pitch is a road. even bounce, not much carry, not doing much off the seam, barely turning.

  • shane-oh on June 10, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    @Joe Thompson - I reckon the NZ players will be pretty happy with their current position - and they are the experts on the topic afterall.

    This pitch isn't batting friendly - it's a Caribbean classic where both wickets and runs are hard to come by. Reserve judgement until both teams have batted on it, it takes resolve and concentration to survive on this wicket.

  • on June 10, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    These kind of games where batsman dominates will simply kill Tests. In ODIs and T20s fair enough we see more batting friendly games but tests too? please. Cricket is at a low state when it comes to pitches where most of them are generally flat. NZ are playing too negatively.

  • twistatwistaa on June 10, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    and whats more disappointing is that even with the speed of 130 they were not able to ball on right spots ,i dont follow windies too much just wanted to know if right now they are the best windies medium pacers ?

  • twistatwistaa on June 10, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    roach and holder where bowling at 130 , no bouncers directed on helmet, bowling from side of the wickets making it impossible for ball too move in air or do anything from pitch

  • on June 10, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Is this pitch a Road or are the Kiwis batting brilliantly?

  • shane-oh on June 10, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    @naamprik and others - if you cannot understand test cricket, don't watch it. It's so simple.

  • Rally_Windies on June 10, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    @ sam6e,,

    WI would have been infinitely better with Narine, Holder, Taylor , Roach .....

    I personally would have preferred Deonarine @ 6 .. Nikita Miller, Holder, Taylor , Roach ..

    on a slow flat pitch , a spinner bowling 50 overs should be able to bowl at less than 2 runs per over ....

    Shillingford and Benn, did nothing that a part time spinner (in Deonarine) could not do ! ...

    Nikita Miller would have bowled 50 overs for 90 runs !

    and 2 pacers was simply NOT ENOUGH ....

    2 pacers were not enough when Sammy was captain ... and it still is not enough when Ramdin is captain ....

    I always though that Sammy should have been the 4th change medium pacer, playing with Deonarine and 3 pacers.. Shillingford could not play if Sammy was in the squad !

    it has been more than 3 years since I have seen the WICB pick a bowling attack that can WIN as Test match

  • BlakeHoulihan on June 10, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    To all those wondering why Fulton was selected - it is to bring experience and supposedly a calming influence on the youngster opening with him (either Latham or Rutherford). He is a good team man and a leader. Seeing as Latham was selected, they decided to pair him with Fulton due to the good partnerships and understanding they developed playing together for Canterbury. Come on guys, the coach and selectors know what they are doing. However - I would be astonished if Fulton plays the third test without making a telling contribution in the second innings of this test, or the second test. At some point, enough is enough.

  • BlakeHoulihan on June 10, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    @SameOld - My thoughts exactly. Very, very well said indeed. Although, I appreciate NikkoChuns enthusiasm and desire to fit all the best players in the eleven - I can't really argue with him either. The outstanding performance from Jimmy Neesham has created a bit of a headache!

  • twistatwistaa on June 10, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    it was so good too see young kewi players value their wickets, they didnt play one rash shot and showed so much of maturity that you dont even get too see in matured players, kewi players made it look like a batting paradise but it was a turning track, they played it late, allowed it too spin and played the ball on its merit, its what test cricket is all about, neesham had to control his emotions, i think guptill who despite being so talented and few other players around the world like ian bell and cook rohit sharma who have so much of talent but just no maturity must learn the lesson from young kiwi batsman,

  • sam6e on June 10, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    WI already missing Narine only after one innings...who is the loser....WICB and WI fans more than the player

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 10, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    NZ just about doing what was required and are in almost the position they would've liked to be @ end of day 2. Firstly,after winning a good toss they made sure to make full capital of it with top order doing their job and putting big p'ships and setting it up for a big score. Couple of batsmen too did the required by getting big 100s . Now it is just a matter of putting WI batting under strife with consistent attacking bowling and aggressive field setting . The pitch is breaking up quick and if the bowlers are on the mark consistently it's just a matter of time before fragile WI batting crumbles. A follow on may even be on. But,irrespective of how NZ deal with that decision, this game should be over by day 4 with a big W for them.Dont see this WI coming back from this situation being faced with 500+ and a fast crumbling surface to save the match.

  • Gupta.Ankur on June 10, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    This is turning out to be one boring test match.

  • on June 10, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    @Warm Coffee Funnily enough, warm coffee has the guts to say that he feels the match is boring. Oh well! After seeing those dull pitches of Bangladesh, this must be a good anecdote.

  • on June 10, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Run-rates? Boring? You must be West Indies' fans, yes!? NZ are trying to do something BIG... to change this team's ranking(s) and become great. We just CARE and will not fail in a bid to entertain you. We have also got a game plan, try it sometime. The match effectively cannot end in a loss and that has been sorted in two days... It is a slow, turgid but occasionally unreliable pitch, requiring determined batting... We were just valuing our wickets... and we got 500+ meaning run-rate irrelevant as the intention is to bat once or only bat again briefly. The run-rate finished just under 3, not 2. The facts are: NZ have put themselves in the box seat, you got seven wickets in six sessions Windies after talking yourselves up (and the team you are now complaining about with benefit of hindsight... yawn, hindsight bores me so..) and the Black Caps have eight to nine sessions to try and boss the match with the ball. Have I missed something? We have three formats for a reason. Stick to t20.

  • Rally_Windies on June 10, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    This is one of the terrible WI pitches that favor spinners ?

    I'm slightly skeptical about the WI selectors ability to read pitches !

  • anver777 on June 10, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    What a classy ton by Neesham as a low order batsman.... he proved his class again as an superb all rounder !!! Watling also played beautifully, unlucky he missed a well deserved century !!!

  • SameOld on June 10, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    @ Nikko Chum:

    I get where you're coming from with finding a spot for Neesh AND Corey, but the selectors can't ignore the fact that playing out of position affects batsmen's performances. It seems like it should make no difference, but check out Taylor's average when he's anywhere but 4: It's atrocious, and he's far from alone in that. Being forced to open has cost Baz dearly, and possibly cut short the Test career of Guptill, another brilliant, natural middle-order batsman. KW was thrust into 3 too early, and his average is 5-10 runs below where it'd probably be if he spent his first couple of seasons at 5 or 6.

    So, what's the answer? Neesh opening? Seems like a lot of pressure. You're basically asking a 22-23 year-old to be Jacques Kallis. He's just hit consecutive 100s in the middle order, and you want to risk his confidence going the way of Guptill's? Risky. Very risky. But it's as good any idea as any I have. Pity BJ can't open & keep (being that he is, after all, an opener).

  • Rally_Windies on June 10, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    The selectors got this all wrong....

    50 overs for 3 wickets? 45 overs for 3 wickets?

    the spinners were totally unimpressive ....

    Shillingford continues to bowl 50 overs a game for his 3-4 wickets while the opposition rack up 450 + scores...

    this is NOT GOOD ...

    but WI selectors think it is "good"

    If Deonarine bowled 50 overs, he'd get 9 wickets....

    Shmmmmmmmmmm

  • on June 10, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    one has to wonder why new Zealand played so drearily and boring on a batting paradise for so long, while practically ruling out a chance to go 1 up. I really do hope Gayle gets another triple here since the match is either drawn or lost

  • on June 10, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    They sacked Sammy as they wanted to since the last decade and still dont pick three quicks lol. Whatever happened to their balance issues??????? still forgot about that. The new skipper dropped two catches but thank God Gayle was there and then he almost dropped another...Pressure already???????

  • on June 10, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Batsmen know that it's next to impossible to score runs at any pace on a slow turning wicket. You want runs, then deliver a wicket that's got pace. For the WI to deliver a pitch like this is a disgrace.

  • D-Ascendant on June 10, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    With all due respect to Peter Fulton, he has steadily become a liability for the Black Caps. It's about time he steps down and makes way for Hamish Rutherford.

  • Alexk400 on June 10, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    Kieron powell lucky day , he make century or close...gayle will be out soon. Do not ask how i know. I just know. :)

  • on June 10, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    Since McCullum has such difficulty with spin, why not have him open in place of Fulton in the second innings? That way he'll be up against the pace men, at least for a few overs, and he might be able to bat himself in. Put Fulton down at 8 or something where he can't do any harm, or just don't use him at all.

  • on June 10, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    jerome taylor bowled well can't believe he only got one wicket

  • on June 10, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    After Taylor no ball Wicket NZ was running free. It might have cost WI the game. Taylor was outstanding still

  • on June 10, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    Wow! Fantastic knock again by the Neesh. Back to back centuries. One at #8 and one at #5 ('cos it's just a number folks). Makes me very proud, but it also makes me wonder (further) about what I said BEFORE this test line-up was named. If we are to drop both Fulton and Rutherford (and I said we should have before the match, so hindsight does not apply) and we play the bowler-heavy side (as I said we should've for THIS test, with Corey out, and everyone said 'no' as 'order changes', but then Fulton got 1, dropped a catch and, well, I was right, but anyway...), then what happens when Corey returns? Are those of you (some like @Kiwicricketnut, arguably the best comments guy on the site) saying 'shifting' Williamson and the rest UP so that Latham opens with Williamson (IF Sodhi playing) is an absolute no-no really happy to drop Neesham!? Really? Just for the sake of the order you'd play Fulton/Rutherford over Neesh when he bowls too!? Disagree 100%. Corey and Jimmy BOTH belong in the 1st XI

  • on June 9, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    Jimmy Neesham is probably batting too low. He is the future of NZ cricket, a no5 batting all-rounder for me, someone to mould a team around. 2 hundreds from his first 2 tests batting below 7 is something pretty special.

    Additionally, his current test average is 273 - wow

  • on June 9, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    good to see the whole teams still in form an consistent. even Fulton. he's consistabtly bad.

  • Chipperstein on June 9, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Fulton just dropped his International career.

  • on June 9, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    well if peter fulton thought he would play every test on tour he will need a massive 100 to save him now , even his normal safe hands at 2nd slip have gone , start padding up hamish rutherford

  • on June 9, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    Six meter Peter drops the one chance they were looking for near the end of play. Surely that's the end of his career now as he won't get a chance to bat again. Even if he does, I'm betting he won't make double figures.

  • tutorial on June 9, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    Wow!! batting practice for NZ.selectors and coach should've gone with either Narine,Bishoo or Permaul. Powell already dropped,WI.top order batting needs to be very patient or the team will find themselves batting twice(two for one).

  • Warm_Coffee on June 9, 2014, 22:30 GMT

    Such a boring test match. Too batting friendly. Small crowd levels as well.

  • Patchmaster on June 9, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    Great effort NZ !!!!! GO boys !

  • on June 9, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    WI will have to play out of their skins the rest of this match to not go 1-0 down . Shame going into this game w/o 3 pacers

  • aclarity on June 9, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    I said it before and I will say it again. No WI test side is complete without Matthew. This wicket was ideal for Matthew who moves the ball both ways and has the most consistent line and length. His FC average this season was below 14 and overall below 22. He was responsible for Peters great season this year. This guy was not considered on the training squad. There is a lot of talk about Holder but Matthew is far more consistent and a great foil for the strike bowlers.

  • ramz30380 on June 9, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    This is a resurgent NZ side - good to see them doing well in test cricket! Baz and Co are setting the stage on fire!

  • iceaxe on June 9, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Some fine batting talent lurking in NZ. Great to see Neesham fighting for his spot over Anderson. Will we ever see both of them in a match?...

  • on June 9, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Here is where WI missing their third paceman. Kirk Edwards (not Kraigg Braithwaite) should have been rested to allow for the third speedster

  • on June 9, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Again we are seeing where WI missed a best by not selecting a 3 seamer...Gayle/ Samuels/ shillingford can all do the same job .

  • rajcan on June 9, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    People who like to promote test cricket also have to realize, would any cricket fan would like to see any cricket team scoring runs at the rate of 3runs/over or even less for days???

    In the era, technology rules the world, who would like to spend their 5 days of time watching cricket, that doesn't give any excitement any more. It has become, test cricket is you bat at the strike rate of below 60.

    Even if I one wants to spend the weekend, they would need to see actions with bat and ball. Unless cricket produce batsmen who can bat through at a decent strike rate regardless how good a bowling is, test cricket would be played in empty stadiums for sure.

  • naamprik on June 9, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Is this the most boring cricket on the planet, or what. Are NZ so afraid of losing they can't even score at 2 runs in the session before lunch. Who would pay to watch this dreary stuff?

  • on June 9, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    good fightback, got to keep the intensity up!

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  • on June 9, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    good fightback, got to keep the intensity up!

  • naamprik on June 9, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Is this the most boring cricket on the planet, or what. Are NZ so afraid of losing they can't even score at 2 runs in the session before lunch. Who would pay to watch this dreary stuff?

  • rajcan on June 9, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    People who like to promote test cricket also have to realize, would any cricket fan would like to see any cricket team scoring runs at the rate of 3runs/over or even less for days???

    In the era, technology rules the world, who would like to spend their 5 days of time watching cricket, that doesn't give any excitement any more. It has become, test cricket is you bat at the strike rate of below 60.

    Even if I one wants to spend the weekend, they would need to see actions with bat and ball. Unless cricket produce batsmen who can bat through at a decent strike rate regardless how good a bowling is, test cricket would be played in empty stadiums for sure.

  • on June 9, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Again we are seeing where WI missed a best by not selecting a 3 seamer...Gayle/ Samuels/ shillingford can all do the same job .

  • on June 9, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Here is where WI missing their third paceman. Kirk Edwards (not Kraigg Braithwaite) should have been rested to allow for the third speedster

  • iceaxe on June 9, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Some fine batting talent lurking in NZ. Great to see Neesham fighting for his spot over Anderson. Will we ever see both of them in a match?...

  • ramz30380 on June 9, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    This is a resurgent NZ side - good to see them doing well in test cricket! Baz and Co are setting the stage on fire!

  • aclarity on June 9, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    I said it before and I will say it again. No WI test side is complete without Matthew. This wicket was ideal for Matthew who moves the ball both ways and has the most consistent line and length. His FC average this season was below 14 and overall below 22. He was responsible for Peters great season this year. This guy was not considered on the training squad. There is a lot of talk about Holder but Matthew is far more consistent and a great foil for the strike bowlers.

  • on June 9, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    WI will have to play out of their skins the rest of this match to not go 1-0 down . Shame going into this game w/o 3 pacers

  • Patchmaster on June 9, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    Great effort NZ !!!!! GO boys !