West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kingston, 3rd day June 10, 2014

Southee and Craig secure huge lead

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New Zealand 508 for 7 dec and 14 for 2 lead West Indies 262 (Gayle 64, Chanderpaul 84*, Southee 4-19, Craig 4-91) by 260 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The pitch at Sabina Park did not behave too differently on the third day. The pace, turn and bounce on offer was not significantly more than when New Zealand had batted in their first innings. The West Indian batsmen were woeful, and Tim Southee and debutant offspinner Mark Craig exploited their loose techniques and lazy footwork to secure a 246-run lead. Brendon McCullum, however, chose to bat again and set the home side a large target on a surface that could deteriorate on the fourth and fifth days.

New Zealand inflicted the worst of the damage in two overs, on either side of lunch. Craig struck twice in three balls to raze the foundation built by a watchful opening partnership, and Southee also took two in three deliveries - ending Chris Gayle's half-century - to reduce West Indies to 104 for 5 in the second session. It was left to Shivnarine Chanderpaul to whittle at the inevitable deficit and he played his shots, and gave the tailenders opportunities to play theirs too. That approach brought West Indies some boundaries, but it also brought New Zealand wickets, and Chanderpaul was stranded on 84 when Southee ended the innings with the second new-ball to finish with figures of 16.2-9-19-4.

The visitors' second innings got off to a poor start when Peter Fulton nicked an outswinger from Jerome Taylor to depart for a duck, his second failure of the Test. Run scoring was slow once again, as Taylor and Kemar Roach bowled accurate spells, moving the new ball at pace. Kane Williamson thought he had off stump covered when he shouldered arms to a Roach delivery, but he did not. He had been bowled not offering a shot in the first innings too, to Sulieman Benn. New Zealand were 7 for 2, and though the day's last half hour might not have indicated it -nightwatchman Ish Sodhi and Tom Latham were battling for survival - they were well ahead in the Test.

At the crux of New Zealand's dominance was Southee, who bowled a faultless opening spell in which he sent down 29 dots out of 30 balls to Gayle. Most of those deliveries pitched around off, on a length that had Gayle prodding from his crease without moving his feet, and several angled across the left-hander to beat the bat. Gayle was fortunate to edge only one, and that did not carry to the cordon. To his credit, he did not play too far away from his body, and after 4.5 overs of dots from Southee, Gayle got a full and straight ball that he clipped off his pads for a single.

McCullum soon brought on his spinners in tandem. Craig got the ball to spin and bounce away from the left-handers and bowled 15 dots at Gayle, beating him on the cross-bat swipe a couple of times before getting pulled for four. Sodhi's lengths were erratic; Gayle cut hard when it was short and drove straight when the bowler overcompensated.

The slump began after West Indies had reached 60. Powell prodded forward against Craig but played the wrong line, anticipating turn away from him. The ball slid on and hit him plumb in front. Two deliveries later, Kirk Edwards poked tentatively off the back foot and edged an offbreak to first slip. In the next over, Darren Bravo chipped a half-volley straight back to Sodhi. West Indies had slipped to 61 for 3 in 11 balls.

Gayle immediately launched his offensive. He swept and cut Craig, got a firm leading edge off Sodhi that went along the ground to the straight boundary, and punched Boult uppishly through cover to reach his half-century.

Southee had better luck after lunch. All morning he had gone past Gayle's outside edge, and early in the second session he produced a delivery identical to many he had previously beaten the batsman with. This time Gayle nicked it, and his first dig in his 100th Test ended on 64. Southee then produced a big inswinger that Marlon Samuels was hopelessly late on to be lbw for a two-ball duck.

Chanderpaul's unorthodox technique worked for him on this surface and he initially attacked the spinners with slog-sweeps and lofts over the leg side. Denesh Ramdin cut and swept, and wasn't shy to drive despite the ball not coming on to the bat. They had put on a partnership of 72, repairing some of the damage, when Southee gave New Zealand more joy in the final over before tea by strangling Ramdin down the legside with a slower ball. West Indies were 133 away from making New Zealand bat again, and Chanderpaul only had the tail for company.

Chanderpaul was watchful against Southee, but scored freely against the other bowlers. He picked off Craig and Sodhi square of the wicket when their lengths were short, and very few of his runs came between mid-on and mid-off. He did not farm strike, though, and the tailenders attacked and perished. When McCullum took the second new ball as soon as it was available, Chanderpaul hit Boult for three fours in an over, and gave Southee a crack at Shane Shillingford. That contest lasted only two balls.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 10, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    Good cricket so far except for the continuous failure of half of the West Indies batsmen. I guess no one listened to Jefrey Dujon when he suggested that WI batsmen has to occupy the crease as long as possible at the start of their innings. Chanderpaul, even though once again ran out of partners was chasing down the runs to avoid a 'follow on'. He hit three fours in an over but surprisingly was criticized for leaving Shiilingford to face the NZ speedster. Maybe he should have started to excel earlier in his innings. But again this is cricket, what if he fallen earlier?

  • on June 12, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    West Indies have task in their hands to put up good show in the upcoming matches.What a debut for Mark Craig!

  • Greatest_Game on June 11, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    @ Duncan McLeod. As you were asking for like-to-like comparisons amoungst Southee's contemporaries, and stated that you'd "Like to see (Johnson) take 7 for in an innings in the subcontinent," that should you want to see Steyn take a 7 for in the subcontinent, he already has. His 7 for 51 in Nagpur actually ranks above Southee's 7 for 64 in Bangalore.

    I hope this information helps in your efforts to rank Southee's performances amoungst his peers.

  • Greatest_Game on June 11, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    @ Duncan McLeod notes that Southee, in his last 15 tests, "has taken 74 wickets at 21.3" and issued a "Stats challenge - find me a fast bowler who has done better the past 2 years!

    Challenge accepted based on number of tests played: Steyn, in his last 15 tests, took 75 wickets @ 21.17. That is, ummmm, better. Really close, but still better.

    Perhaps that is not quite fair, as Southerr is classified (at least by cricinfo) as a medium-fast bowler, but your challenge was to find a "fast" bowler!

  • on June 11, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Yes it's not great score 96-5 but nzl having a healthy lead.. Another 70-100 runs nzl are safe.. Wi in pathetic situation rite now

  • DrJez on June 11, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Why did NZ declare at 500? There are 5 days, so on a goodish pitch, a team needs nearer 700 to be safe. Or put another way, we bat for 2.5 days, they bat for 2.5 days. So why declare at 1.75 days? "Want to bowl at them when they're tired" is a mantra that is so often (mis)used. Front-line professional batsmen (who don't bowl) aren't tired after 2 days of fielding. In any case it is useless if the runs aren't there first. NZ may well still win, but it is no longer certain.

  • on June 11, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    56-5.whats going on at Sabina Park? Will this be India vs NZ Auckland 2014????????????!!

  • Greatest_Game on June 11, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    How many times can McCullum take NZ from positions of great strength to … nowhere? Declaring too late (after he has reached a milestone) & mot enforcing the follow on the conservative, even negative tactics that simply don'y win test matches. Right now, with NZ at 23/4, NZ have hurtles from dominance to desperate defense in less than 20 overs. The Windies have their tails up, & scent not just a possible draw, but a possible victory.

    NZ have done really well under McCullum's captaincy, but failing to grasp opportunity and go in for the kill will consign NZ to little but drawn matches, & residency at the bottom of the rankings, a position which does not reflect the admirable resurgence in their cricket & the hard work & dedication of their players.

    When an opponent is down, failing to finish them off can hardly be called a strength. It simply gives them a breather, & a chance to recover their strength. Fortune favours the brave, not the timid.

  • on June 11, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Maybe its too early to take note. For all the clamoring about the hindrance that Darren Sammy was causing the West Indies team, I thought that with him out of the team that we will be doing better. Playing at home against NZ is the best chance to display how better the team is without Darren Sammy. But what i have observe so far gives me little or nothing to rejoice about. The new skipper, who was dubbed "the best tactician of the game in the region" could hardly come up with creative ways to bowled out NZ in an inning. (blame the pitch) We batted and couldn't muster a score of 300+. What this tells me is that the problem was,is and continue to be bigger than just Sammy's present. We lack dept, dedication and commitment to the game. We cannot occupy the crease for long periods(at least 2 days) Stop trying to get just your fellow countryman on the team but the BEST MAN for the team. Maybe just then we WEST INDIAN will get something to cheer about.WEST INDIAN 4LIFE.

  • on June 11, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    @ Isaac Davies and Neil Morey

    Yep Mitchell has better figures, but not Philander nor Steyn...

    Mitchell will no doubt blow a gasket or fingernail soon, but he has been the best of late. Like to see him take 7 for in an innings in the subcontinent though...

  • on June 10, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    Good cricket so far except for the continuous failure of half of the West Indies batsmen. I guess no one listened to Jefrey Dujon when he suggested that WI batsmen has to occupy the crease as long as possible at the start of their innings. Chanderpaul, even though once again ran out of partners was chasing down the runs to avoid a 'follow on'. He hit three fours in an over but surprisingly was criticized for leaving Shiilingford to face the NZ speedster. Maybe he should have started to excel earlier in his innings. But again this is cricket, what if he fallen earlier?

  • on June 12, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    West Indies have task in their hands to put up good show in the upcoming matches.What a debut for Mark Craig!

  • Greatest_Game on June 11, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    @ Duncan McLeod. As you were asking for like-to-like comparisons amoungst Southee's contemporaries, and stated that you'd "Like to see (Johnson) take 7 for in an innings in the subcontinent," that should you want to see Steyn take a 7 for in the subcontinent, he already has. His 7 for 51 in Nagpur actually ranks above Southee's 7 for 64 in Bangalore.

    I hope this information helps in your efforts to rank Southee's performances amoungst his peers.

  • Greatest_Game on June 11, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    @ Duncan McLeod notes that Southee, in his last 15 tests, "has taken 74 wickets at 21.3" and issued a "Stats challenge - find me a fast bowler who has done better the past 2 years!

    Challenge accepted based on number of tests played: Steyn, in his last 15 tests, took 75 wickets @ 21.17. That is, ummmm, better. Really close, but still better.

    Perhaps that is not quite fair, as Southerr is classified (at least by cricinfo) as a medium-fast bowler, but your challenge was to find a "fast" bowler!

  • on June 11, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Yes it's not great score 96-5 but nzl having a healthy lead.. Another 70-100 runs nzl are safe.. Wi in pathetic situation rite now

  • DrJez on June 11, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Why did NZ declare at 500? There are 5 days, so on a goodish pitch, a team needs nearer 700 to be safe. Or put another way, we bat for 2.5 days, they bat for 2.5 days. So why declare at 1.75 days? "Want to bowl at them when they're tired" is a mantra that is so often (mis)used. Front-line professional batsmen (who don't bowl) aren't tired after 2 days of fielding. In any case it is useless if the runs aren't there first. NZ may well still win, but it is no longer certain.

  • on June 11, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    56-5.whats going on at Sabina Park? Will this be India vs NZ Auckland 2014????????????!!

  • Greatest_Game on June 11, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    How many times can McCullum take NZ from positions of great strength to … nowhere? Declaring too late (after he has reached a milestone) & mot enforcing the follow on the conservative, even negative tactics that simply don'y win test matches. Right now, with NZ at 23/4, NZ have hurtles from dominance to desperate defense in less than 20 overs. The Windies have their tails up, & scent not just a possible draw, but a possible victory.

    NZ have done really well under McCullum's captaincy, but failing to grasp opportunity and go in for the kill will consign NZ to little but drawn matches, & residency at the bottom of the rankings, a position which does not reflect the admirable resurgence in their cricket & the hard work & dedication of their players.

    When an opponent is down, failing to finish them off can hardly be called a strength. It simply gives them a breather, & a chance to recover their strength. Fortune favours the brave, not the timid.

  • on June 11, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Maybe its too early to take note. For all the clamoring about the hindrance that Darren Sammy was causing the West Indies team, I thought that with him out of the team that we will be doing better. Playing at home against NZ is the best chance to display how better the team is without Darren Sammy. But what i have observe so far gives me little or nothing to rejoice about. The new skipper, who was dubbed "the best tactician of the game in the region" could hardly come up with creative ways to bowled out NZ in an inning. (blame the pitch) We batted and couldn't muster a score of 300+. What this tells me is that the problem was,is and continue to be bigger than just Sammy's present. We lack dept, dedication and commitment to the game. We cannot occupy the crease for long periods(at least 2 days) Stop trying to get just your fellow countryman on the team but the BEST MAN for the team. Maybe just then we WEST INDIAN will get something to cheer about.WEST INDIAN 4LIFE.

  • on June 11, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    @ Isaac Davies and Neil Morey

    Yep Mitchell has better figures, but not Philander nor Steyn...

    Mitchell will no doubt blow a gasket or fingernail soon, but he has been the best of late. Like to see him take 7 for in an innings in the subcontinent though...

  • on June 11, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    KIWI Caps 14/2 over night: 3rd day hurdles are placed @ 90,115,228. Clearing 90 & specially 115 will be a huge task. Lets see what they do.

  • on June 11, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    there is this movie calle The replacements. And in the final game the team was losing so bad because one of "the stars" came back, and a reporter ask the coach. What do you need to win this game? and the coach answered "heart". Gayle innings are few and far between. Samuels is lazy with a bad attitude (makings of a loser, no matter how talented), my t20 player of the year (lol) Bravo, i wont even go there. Edwards, bright start, sucks right now. Chanderpaul, the lion. Powell Mr. consistant ( although disappointed he dose not go on to make big scores). Ramdin, i wont even attempt. and yes the world class attack, (what a joke) the bowler. Shane is brilliant and has proven his worth. The rest, unfortunately needs to stay home. Let me end by saying this. Over the past 2 two 3 yrs. bowling has not been our problen, we limited teams to less than 300 runs and even got into winning positions. our biggest problem was that our front line batsmen (the stars) were not performing. Heart= 88

  • on June 11, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    bravo,kirk and samuels played under-13 batsman with zero skill and i dont praise new zealand bowling becoz windies batting is below par and powell have tendency to through his wicket after all the hard work!!

  • on June 11, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    This happens match after match as a WI fan I m sick of it. Powell is poor batsman; why a more technically correct Kraigg Brawaithe whose in good for m is bench . I dunno what to say about Darren Bravo but he needs time off do does Samuels .

  • on June 11, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Once again, it was left to Chanderpaul to try and save the West Indies from embarassment, and he came through once again. Hios indomitable spirit and his refusal to give up when all around him are crumbling is a mark of distinction and dedication to his craft. What a remarkable player and to those of you out there who always try to find fault with his "failure to protect the tail", shame on you. These are Test cricketers, professionals who should not cave in so easily. They must shoulder their responsibilities and not foist it on another. Chanderpaul has and continues to give yeoman service and all credit, without hesitations must go to him.

  • on June 11, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    not sure I understand the selection criteria any longer. Samuels has struggled for a while now but still gets selected and on from that, what has edwards done to justify selection? players need to be picked on form.. just look at Benn, good regional performance so was selected. should this not be the rule? Concentration is key just watch chanderpaul. Please guys I am tired of seeing you lose match after match but even more upset that you don't even go down fighting

  • Riddymon on June 11, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    @Jerry Darlingum - Exactly!! Thank you....At least someone understands. Chanderpaul normally has to get more aggressive when he's batting with the tail to make up for the fact that they just don't know how to hang around. We saw Taylor, Roach, Benn and Shillingford go in fairly quick succession because they basically were all about aggression. They don't have the skill to allow Chanders to farm the strike so he just plays normally. He know what's going to happen.

    @Flystraight - I never got that whole argument of sammy causing inbalance to the team. Now we have four main bowlers, two of them rusty, one handicapped and our top order still failed. All we've done is successfully created a longer tail for the opposition to bowl at.

  • on June 11, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Yesterday after a decent start of 60+. I thought West Indies would atleast go close to the total. Craig's over was the turning point. Towards the end of first session, Chris Gayle started looking destructive.Unfortunately after his dismissal in the 2nd session, Apart from Chanderpaul nobody looked in good touch. Although the late middle order, Ramdin, Benn etc did a good job. As far as the Southee over is concerned,Chanderpaul knew that Shillingford wasnt going to be out there forever.

    New Zealand wanting to bat lost 2 wickets, Today I think is going to be the make or break day for West Indies.We are headed towards a 5th day perhaps....

  • Muimui on June 11, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Maybe some Credit to Mike Hesson , if john wright was the coach with the performances we have had in the last 12 months we would be raving about him... Time to Get over the Ross Taylor issue and direct so,e credit for nz improvement over last 12 months to the coach , as will certinly be quick to blame him for any future losses as we do in Nz

  • on June 11, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Marlon Samuels is a huge liability to West Indies cricket. I cannot understand why this lazy, technically-flawed candidate keeps getting selected!

    Perhaps it's time to drop the selectors. Had Samuels applied himself and remained at the crease, he and Shiv could have built an innings and Chanderpaul could very well have reached triple figures. It is really a shame that he was denied the opportunity to reach the milestone.

    Of course, Samuels was not the only one to fail with the bat yesterday. The scorecard reflects the inevitable, concomitant domino collapse of 21st.-century West Indies batting.

    Samuels, more than anyone else, must be dropped from the team once and for all! His patent nonchalance is exactly what West Indies do not need at a time when they desperately seek to become competitive again on the world stage!

  • on June 11, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Not enforcing the follow-on has nothing to do with lack of killer instinct or any of that nonsense....You have dwindling tactical nous West Indies (and it is showing).

    Firstly, tell your glory boy Gayle not to celebrate his 50s like they are double hundreds (like, really Gayle?)?... and maybe you would have got a hundred. We got two.

    Secondly, NZ not enforcing the follow-on is not only the modern and more effective way of winning tests for various reasons I can't explain within the word limit.... it is also the SMART thing to do here. We will accelerate, get 150-200; You will be out of the match (or better yet think you are not) and we will have you batting LAST on a deteriorating pitch on which no match has finished in a draw for a decade. So, like I said yesterday after you all complained about our 'slow' 500... it was responsible batting and tactical execution designed to win... You batted like you said we should have and you got all out within a day and you are at our mercy. Wake up?

  • on June 11, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    @brusselslion I very much doubt Australia will be ranked below all those countries you mentioned. Even when Australia were at their lowest between 2008-12 we were still ranked above Sri Lanka , Pakistan , New Zealand etc and actually playing better than those countries too. As far as backup players are concerned Australia as a strong pool of very quick bowlers coming through which is far strong than what England have in their reserves and also SA , as your theory stands for every team currently as who is going to replace Steyn etc , or Anderson-broad? And who is to say Hadden , Rogers can't play till they are 40 if they are still performing as look at Chanderpaul?

  • CGKK on June 11, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    I actually think Fulton is coming into some form. He is hitting the ball consistently well...only problem it is always hit to the slip cordon.

  • BlakeHoulihan on June 11, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    SameOld - with you around I don't need to comment. Once again, you are exactly right. Why your comments are listed at the top as 'featured comments' I just don't know.

  • tutorial on June 11, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Bonner recent game a DUCK (0), Blackwood 12runs, Leon Johnson 65. If any player deserves a call up its Leon Johnson, he is been scoring consistently through out this tournament and for a past couple of years now.

  • brusselslion on June 11, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    @Jamie (June 11, 2014, 7:19): Like you, I'm a big fan of NZ. They could (should?) have beaten England last year, although to say that they " could easily take the likes of England now" is going too far.

    " ... let's face it NZ would give us a far better challenge at home than facing England every few years." Following the 5-0 thrashing, you're got bragging rights now - and you might well hang onto them next year (although you're quickly forgotten 2011) - however, when we next visit, Haddin (39), Harris (37) and possibily, Clarke (36) & Johnson (35) might/will have gone. Whose going to replace them? So far as the fast bowlers are concerned, Cummings & Pattinson are both injury prone, and Coulter-Nile and Starc don't convince. Maybe in 2017, Australia will find themselves behind NZ, SA, India, Pakistan, SL and England?

  • on June 11, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    @ Duncan McLeod - challenge accepted. Mitchell Johnson in the last 2 years has also taken 74 wickets but his was from only 12 tests and at an average of only 17.48

  • on June 11, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    @Duncan McLeod, Methinks Messrs Philander, Johnson and Steyn have better numbers...

  • on June 11, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    By Dropping Sammy WI on fixed part of the problem, They now need to drop Gibson and Butts then the problems will be 100 % fixed. The Issue is that WI picked a test team based on names of passed failures and T20 specialist and not on current form. Imagine Samuels got picked even though he was out of action for some time. It is time for Johnson and Braithwaite to be selected in the Test team replacing Samuels and Powell or Kirk Edwards . OMG Daren Bravo reminds me of Carl Hooper

  • PONTBLYDDYN on June 11, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Agree with Viv Gilchrist think NZ were a bit negative in terms of not enforcing the follow on and scoring slowly last thing yesterday, but overall another good day for NZ.

    Southee impressive again, Craig and Neesham look to be a find. I think Fulton needs to be put out of his missery, Chris Martin might as well open.

  • regofpicton on June 11, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    I think the follow-on was just about essential, & batting a second time has given the Windies a lifeline they didn't deserve. If they had been reinserted they would have had nowhere to go. Now, who knows. Assuming we survive the jittery start, we'll need at lead of 350+ or 90 more. We scored at less that 3rpo in the 1st knock & 1rpo so far this time. So 30 overs more? That will give the Windies 150 overs to score 350. Scary! So a 400 lead to be safe? An extra 15overs say? Then they have 135 overs to score 400. And we will have only 135 overs to bowl them out, & they do have some very good players.

    But regardless of the exact mathematics, the point is that we cannot take liberties on the pitch, & we now have to bat for quite a while just to be secure against a team with something to prove. But we were already completely secure - we just had to enforce the follow on. Then we would have had at least 195 overs to finish off a demoralised team and knock off any deficit.

  • VivGilchrist on June 11, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    A bit negative from NZ toward the end of the day. They have left the door slightly ajar through some timid play. Only a very very small slither though.

  • on June 11, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Southee has been really impressive for the past 2 years, and with this latest haul his bowling average has dropped under 30 for the first time since his deput in 2008.

    For the past two years he has taken 74 wickets at 21.3 - this from his last 15 tests against England, WI, Sri Lanka, and India - and half the matches not in NZ (3 of the tests in the subcontinent).

    Stats challenge - find me a fast bowler who has done better the past 2 years!

  • Blade-Runner on June 11, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Who is this Mark Craig ? Seems like a great prospect for NZ Cricket. And he bowls DOOSRA !!! :) Awesome. I hope he will continue to do well.

  • on June 11, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    This is good cricket from NZ. Not your best team as your best team was around 2001, as I'm Australian and I remember that team well with Bond leading your attack and also Vettori leading the spin side of things as you were a serious match for our great team at that time. Good signs now though as you look like you could easily take the likes of England now as you have a far more settled team. Just wish we could get back the 3 test home and away series between Australia v New Zealand as let's face it NZ would give us a far better challenge at home than facing England every few years. Rankings very soon could be in the order of AUS, SA , NZ so keep it up.

  • itrock on June 11, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Chanderpaul not out again!! I really dont understand why Chanderpaul is not batting at 3. Cricinfo please pull out a stat to see how many times he has ran out of partners since Lara's retirement? Grooming youngsters is an everlasting process. Playing with an unsuccessful team doesnt help either.

  • on June 11, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Yeah have to agree. Get Simmons opening with Gale as be a far stronger opening pair , and will also give Gale the confidence to go hard knowing he has a quality batsmen opening at the other end.

  • on June 11, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Go NZ. It's heartening to see Southee do well #FTW

  • on June 11, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Chris: With some more discipline and hard work Southee can be a mini-Mcgrath. He is impressive but is not as consistent as the great Mcgrath was!

  • on June 11, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    mark craig seems a mystery bowler. I saw one ball turn like a leg spinner.

  • on June 11, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    As good a batsman as Kane Williamson is, how often do you get bowled twice in a test match leaving the ball alone? and that too to West Indian bowlers?? :-)

  • german1 on June 11, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    its pains me to see Gibson laughing away in the player's pavilion when the camera pans over to him. As if he has no care in the world when WI are facing follow on!! This guy has to go. Only in the WI will this be tolerated for so long. Simmons need a run at test cricket, this guy is in such good form and we are wasting it!!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 11, 2014, 6:16 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.

  • on June 11, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Why is everyone complaining about Mccullum's lack of follow ons? He made West Indies follow on in Wellington and got the win, but only because the conditions suited. Batting on a fifth day pitch here will be the toughest time to bat in this Test, so Mccullum has definitely made the right call in not following on. Good luck boys!

  • on June 11, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Where are those people now complaining on how boring the test was and it was a certain to be a tame draw? Eating humble pies I guess.

  • on June 11, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    west indies will bounce back and will stun NZ.

  • SameOld on June 11, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    For those wondering about Baz not enforcing the follow-on, the reason would be Southee And Boult. They'll both bowl a lot of overs this series, and Baz will want to keep them as fit and fresh as possible. Imagine this attack with one of them missing, it's not nearly as potent. One day of bowling at a time is ideal, you only want to enforce a follow-on if the opposition collapses early in the 1st innings, or you're running out of time to force a win.

    Also worth considering is the pressure a follow-on would put on the inexperienced Sodhi, Neesham and Craig, should Southee and Boult not extract early wickets. Remember, WI batsmen (esp. Gayle) can score very quickly once they're settled.

    If NZ lose or draw this match, it'll be because they fail in this innings, not because of Baz's decision to bat again. NZ should bat carefully for the first hour tomorrow, then have a swing until drinks after lunch. Leave a bit over four sessions to bowl WI out again. Should be plenty of time.

  • on June 11, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    that's the first time i have seen southee bowl in a while, and was very impressed. the swing, the bounce, the pace off the wicket - he's turning into a proper bowler. and so parsimonious, runs per over-wise. well done him. as for chanderpaul, he's a little marvel as ever, despite all that palaver going on between his stance and his position when he actually hits the ball. when is he going to get sick of bailing out west indies? probably never. he'll still be crabbing into the perfect position when he's 50. i'm really enjoying this test, proper cricket after all that t20

  • on June 11, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Chanderpaul runs out of partners, yet again. How many times do we have to see this?

  • NZCricketfan1 on June 11, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    As an old school west indies fan from the 1980's I observe the following points

    1. We kiwis are currently fielding a world class pace bowling attack with Boult and Southee ranked 7 and 8 in the top 10 in test cricket.The highest west indian bowler is Shilly at 17.

    2. Our batting is possibly equal or perhaps superior. Taylor is rated number 6 in the world. Mac at 13 and Williamson is rising rapidly at 22 now. Gayle and Bravo are below both of them and Chanderpaul is above at 3. Which he richly deserves. A class act.

    3. We have better bowling alrounders. Neesham and Anderson have xfactor and we bat deeper generally.

    OK now the most important point

    4. The slow low pitch. This does not suit West Indians. Great WI players are beautiful quick bowlers and flowing stroke makers. If the WI want a better team fix your pitches. Make them QUICK MAN and your hay day will return.

    5. Finally please recognise this is a very good kiwi team. Perhaps our best since Hadlee/Crowe

  • Kulaputra on June 11, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    West Indies were always the most unpredictable of teams. They have lived up to their reputation. There was always someone who would put his hand up and perform. It was Gayle and Chanderpaul.

    It seems to me that T20 is taking a toll on the youngsters but not on the veterans. Last evening, but for glimpses, we had Christopher Henry Dravid at the crease instead of Gayle. This is the kind of switch and adjustment people need to make. Use T20 to hasten scoring in test cricket (which is the real cricket)

  • on June 11, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    good job New Zealand but i think not enforcing a follow on and putting your self in to bat with only a few overs to go in the day is a bad decision putting that pressure of the nz openers, especially fulton he needs all the help he can get. if west indies can pull of a win here it will definitely be because of that.

  • D-Ascendant on June 11, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    I'm sorry, but Peter Fulton has to go. He is not a long-term option, and going by his current form, he is not an option at all.

  • on June 11, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    Has Brendon McCullum ever followed on? I think if there was ever a time to follow on, this was it. 246 run lead, 13ish overs left in the day to have a go at the openers, bowlers have only bowled for 1 full day,and get to rest overnight before coming back with a still relatively new ball the next morning. Every single thing about this situation says follow-on. Yes, we don't really want to be batting last on a deteriorated pitch, but chances are we wouldn't have had to. Really not seeing the reasoning from McCullum here. Would've thought he would've learnt his lesson against India earlier this year.

  • Siva_Bala75 on June 11, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    The IPL stars like Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine- where are they? When will West Indies learn?

  • on June 11, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    West Indies cricket is in the hands of a bunch inadequate pirates called WICB. WICB has selectors who themselves were at best mediocre players. These selectors NEVER choose the best team to represent the West Indies. The problem with our cricket is lack of technically correct cricket-skills. Players like Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Ravi Rampaul and Bratwaithe should be playing.

  • siddhartha87 on June 11, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    Southhee is probably the most under rated bowler in world cricket. In last 15 tests he has 74 wickets and during this period only Steyn and MJ have better record than him.He bowled well in England in last year then at home and now in Windies.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 11, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    Any thing can happen in Test cricket. If Black Caps get bowled out for 75 and Gayle Bravo, and Samuel fire in the second innings,WI can win. That is the beuty of TEST crick not like IPL playing on Flat pitches.

  • rajcan on June 11, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    Chris Gayle, scored 64 runs include 11- 4s, faced 125 balls. If you do the math, 44 runs came through 11 boundaries and the rest 20 runs could have come by maximum of 20 balls. So, Gayle played 94 dot balls.

    Now you guys answer the question, who would be wasting their time watching test cricket where batsman only score runs from 25% of the ball he faced.

    Stike rate gives wrong impression, cricinfo start to add one column in the statistics, namely "DB"- Dot Balls.

  • iceaxe on June 11, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Wondering when McCullum would enforce a follow-on. This reminiscent of the last couple of tests where we had a huge lead, then stuffed up the 2nd innings and put the bowlers under a lot of pressure.

  • Atom625 on June 11, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    new zealand should have enforced the follow on, would hav been a better move, they could have have WI the same way they are now

  • 22many on June 11, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    other than the two mentioned by delboy, the rest were very disappointing and very weak mentally. Nothing has changed from the tour to NZ.

  • aclarity on June 11, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    The WICB will continue to lose supporters if they persist in picking players based on likeability rather than performance and keen observation. I looked at a lot of FC regional cricket over the past two years. From my observation, no current WI squad should be without Bonner, Blackwood, Matthew, Narine and Braithwaite. Bonner is class and Matthew creates pressure. Instead, the selectors focus on Holder, Powell, Samuels, Bravo, Deonarine and Shillingford. We will rank at 10 if Pybus and the WICB focus on talk rather than observation. Four of our top six batsmen looked jittery because they know they do not belong. Gibson is the captain of that bunch

  • Muimui on June 11, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Wow hopefully now the WI and other readers on here will give some credit to us Kiwis , I can't believe that the WI still live on the deeds of the past , they are a poor team in tests especially away , and have been out played by nz over the last 12 months , blue print being bat and value wickets in first innings , bat two days make the game safe and out pressure on a team that can not concentrate or bat for others for a long period bar chandlers , first two days was all negative talk about nz but respect must be given and some humble pie eaten by a lot on here.

  • Snambidi on June 11, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    The earlier Article on the First& second day's play report is missing from the site.Neither the comments therein are reflected in this Report by George Binoy. Anyhow,inspire of securing a huge lead of 274 runs,it is a good gesture from Brendon MeCullum not to impose Follow on by the West Indies. The fourth& 5th day's play would ,now determine the fate of the Match. If Newzealand by chance flops& WI excels thereafter,still Chris Gayle could escape with a draw in his 100th Test match. Gayle in fact,unlike the performance in IPL,did well with a reasonable personal score Of 64 in the first innings without proper support from Team mates except Chandrapaul who made a good score of 84 under tremendous Pressure. So hopes for WI are still alive.if they could manage a Tame Draw ,BMeCullum will have to regret a lot for not imposing an easy follow on.

  • SixFourOut on June 10, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    Ryder has a test average of nearly 41 and 17 first class hundreds, plus he's a useful change up bowler with his unusual action and frame.

    How long can you keep him out of the team?

    Rutherford is technically, very flawed. He goes to hard at the ball, but simply doesn't connect in the middle to match his batting aggression. He will fail time and time again in tests.

    Ryder and Guptil or Ryder and Latham look like a much more sold partnership than Fulton and Rutherford, which seem to be the weakest pair in world cricket.

    1. Ryder, 2. Latham, 3. Williamson, 4. Taylor, 5.McCullum 6. Neesham, 7. Watling, 8. Southee, 9. Boult, 10. Henry (What a perfect action) 11. Astle (seriously he has the best first class average and 180 wickets???)

    There's a side that can take 20 wickets and score 450 plus on a regular basis.

  • on June 10, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    What a shame! New Zealand are outplaying us big time in OUR OWN BACK YARD! Disappointing performances by Bravo, Samuels and Edwards. We are seeing yet again how valuable Chanderpaul really is to this team. Gayle and Ramdin put on decent scores but it must be said that we have an uphill task. The team needs to perform better else we could find ourselves losing before lunch on Day 5, or worse yet, after tea time tomorrow.

  • Greatest_Game on June 10, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    Shiv Chanderpaul again shows why the wily old master has been perched in the top 10, and mostly the top 5, of the ICC test batsman rankings since … well forever it seems. He has scored the 7th most test runs, yet does not get much attention from the media, is rarely in the news, is hardly spoken of in the debates about the top batsmen, & is rated by few. Quietly, he rattles along, test after test, putting runs on the board, almost unnoticed. Today cricinfo has a highlights package of Gayle's 64: Shiv's 84 not-out, at a faster strike rate, not mentioned. Hats off to you, Shiv - class is permanent.

    On the other hand, 2 meter Peter Fulton may have overstayed his second welcome. His comeback back-to-back centuries, 4 years after being dropped the test team, had all the qualities of a fairytale. It now seems a fairytale that he can bat, after not making more than 13 in any of his last 10 innings - ave 5.9! Form is temporary ….

  • tutorial on June 10, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    Its a shame these youngsters don't have the patience to stick around,Shiv is almost 40 years old and still our greatest batsman, well done!! wish he had the chance to make yet another test hundred. Roach is looking good this time around.

  • on June 10, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    The comments that Chanders never protect the tail will always be ongoing. How can you attempt to protect a tail that knows only to hit out, instead of hanging around. A lot of them may learn a thing about sound defense and when to attack. This is TEST cricket in all its glory, not 20/20.

  • Chiller38 on June 10, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    One thing is for sure and certain. When Chanderpaul retires, they will not have a top order, just two openers and a lengthy tail.

  • delboy on June 10, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    More discipline from NZ in all departments. The extras alone tells the story of a difference between these two teams. NZ were well into the 54th over before conceding an extra.

  • on June 10, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Once again the batting collapse by the West Indies has read its fsmilsr head

  • Flystraight on June 10, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Wow! So much for a "balanced team" now that Darren Sammy is out....

  • TommytuckerSaffa on June 10, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Come on Windies - 3 ducks? Really?

  • GrindAR on June 10, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Look like WI is running a batting camp, "BUY ONE GET ONE FREE"

  • delboy on June 10, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    There are some know it alls who thinks "Gayle is not up to it" and "Chanderpaul is too old"; pity the young ones are not capable of hanging around long enough to learn. While they are presented with an opportunity to sit back and watch Gayle and Chanderpaul bat the WI back into some sort of respectability they would benefit more from being in the middle with either or over the course of the game (their inning) the likes of Bravo with both. This is setup nicely for Gayle, Chanderpaul, Samuels and Ramdin to go big over the next 2 days.

  • lyl67 on June 10, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    West Indies is a disgrace, the top order was dismissed by ordinary balls. All three batsman has failed playing regional cricket this season but their place in the W.I.team is secure. Any volunteers for the selectors panel. Coach Gibson has had his time.

  • lyl67 on June 10, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    West Indies is a disgrace, the top order was dismissed by ordinary balls. All three batsman has failed playing regional cricket this season but their place in the W.I.team is secure. Any volunteers for the selectors panel. Coach Gibson has had his time.

  • delboy on June 10, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    There are some know it alls who thinks "Gayle is not up to it" and "Chanderpaul is too old"; pity the young ones are not capable of hanging around long enough to learn. While they are presented with an opportunity to sit back and watch Gayle and Chanderpaul bat the WI back into some sort of respectability they would benefit more from being in the middle with either or over the course of the game (their inning) the likes of Bravo with both. This is setup nicely for Gayle, Chanderpaul, Samuels and Ramdin to go big over the next 2 days.

  • GrindAR on June 10, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Look like WI is running a batting camp, "BUY ONE GET ONE FREE"

  • TommytuckerSaffa on June 10, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Come on Windies - 3 ducks? Really?

  • Flystraight on June 10, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Wow! So much for a "balanced team" now that Darren Sammy is out....

  • on June 10, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Once again the batting collapse by the West Indies has read its fsmilsr head

  • delboy on June 10, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    More discipline from NZ in all departments. The extras alone tells the story of a difference between these two teams. NZ were well into the 54th over before conceding an extra.

  • Chiller38 on June 10, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    One thing is for sure and certain. When Chanderpaul retires, they will not have a top order, just two openers and a lengthy tail.

  • on June 10, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    The comments that Chanders never protect the tail will always be ongoing. How can you attempt to protect a tail that knows only to hit out, instead of hanging around. A lot of them may learn a thing about sound defense and when to attack. This is TEST cricket in all its glory, not 20/20.

  • tutorial on June 10, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    Its a shame these youngsters don't have the patience to stick around,Shiv is almost 40 years old and still our greatest batsman, well done!! wish he had the chance to make yet another test hundred. Roach is looking good this time around.