West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kingston, 4th day June 11, 2014

Debutant Craig stars in huge NZ win

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New Zealand 508 for 7 dec (Williamson 113, Neesham 107, Watling 89, Latham 83) and 156 for 8 dec (Latham 73) beat West Indies 262 (Chanderpaul 84*, Gayle 64, Southee 4-19, Craig 4-91) and 216 (Shillingford 53*, Craig 4-97) by 186 runs
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Tim Southee and offspinner Mark Craig demolished West Indies for the second time in successive days at Sabina Park to record New Zealand's second Test win in the Caribbean. Craig took four wickets in the final innings to finish with 8 for 188 in the Test, the best match haul by a New Zealand debutant.

West Indies were left to reflect on another abject batting performance. Their second-innings total of 216 was inflated by an 82-run stand for the last wicket between Sulieman Benn and Shane Shillingford, who swung merrily to score the second fastest Test fifty in terms of balls recorded. It only delayed the inevitable defeat.

After West Indies had been set 403 to win, Chris Gayle began the chase with two boundaries in the first over,from Trent Boult, becoming the eighth West Indian to pass 7000 Test runs. He then watched Tom Latham move lithely at short midwicket, diving forward to catch a low flick from Kieran Powell, giving Southee a wicket in his first over. In his second, Southee pitched a delivery on a good length around off and angled the ball away from Gayle. It was a delivery he had beaten Gayle with umpteen times in the first innings before finally hitting the edge. He did not have to wait at all this time. Gayle prodded from his crease with poor footwork and edged a low catch to the wicketkeeper BJ Watling, leaving West Indies on 11 for 2.

West Indies' slump took a break for tea and then resumed unabated. Brendon McCullum brought on Craig in the 12th over and the offspinner struck with his second ball, dismissing Kirk Edwards for the second time in the Test, caught at leg gully after the batsman pushed forward too early. New Zealand's fielding and catching had made West Indies' efforts in the field look lethargic all through the Test, and two outstanding catches gave Craig two more wickets in the space of three balls. The wicketkeeper BJ Watling adjusted to the high bounce of an offbreak and caught the outside edge from Darren Bravo near his shoulder, and Latham dived quickly to his left at short leg to hold an inside edge from Marlon Samuels, who bagged his second two-ball duck of the Test. West Indies were 54 for 5.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin began to form a partnership but there was a sense of futility to their efforts, given the magnitude of the task ahead. Unlike in the first innings, when Chanderpaul was solid all through his unbeaten 84, he played shots and edged a couple of his early deliveries. And when he padded up to the legspinner Ish Sodhi, and the New Zealanders went up in prolonged appeal, umpire Rod Tucker gave him lbw. It was a marginal decision, because Chanderpaul had taken a long stride forward and the ball was turning big, but replays predicted it would have clipped the top of leg stump. A broken innings now lay shattered.

It was left to the new West Indian captain, Ramdin, to avert a four-day defeat, but when he missed a slog sweep and was bowled by Sodhi not long before stumps, New Zealand took the 30-minute extension to knock over the tail. What seemed a certain four-day finish, however, began to seem unlikely as Shillingford and Benn frustrated the bowlers with free-spirited, no-pressure hitting. One over remained in the day, and McCullum gave it to Kane Williamson. He needed four balls to have Benn caught behind; Watling capping a phenomenal match behind the stumps.

Before their batsmen failed for the second time in the Test, West Indies' bowlers had produced a much-improved performance to slow New Zealand's attempt to build on an overnight lead of 260. In the second over of the day, Jerome Taylor hit the back pads of nightwatchman Sodhi and Ross Taylor with consecutive deliveries. Both were dead lbw.

Ramdin brought on his spinners from the 10th over of the day, and while Benn was economical, Shillingford took a while to find a good length. Once he began to toss it up fuller, he became more effective, and eventually spun one through McCullum's defences. New Zealand were 55 for 5 at that point.

Jimmy Neesham came out and played with the fluency that had brought him his first-innings century, and even charged Shillingford to hit him over the straight boundary. West Indies could have had Latham's wicket had they reviewed an lbw appeal from Benn that was turned down. He was on 25 at the time, and gave West Indies no more chances.

New Zealand were slow in the first half hour after lunch, scoring only five runs. The partnership for the sixth wicket had grown slowly to 63 when Neesham miscued a loft against Shillingford and holed out to long-on.

The tempo picked up after Watling joined Latham. The batsmen rotated strike almost every other ball and Watling went on the offensive straightaway, sweeping and cutting Samuels for boundaries. In the first over after drinks, Latham played an uncharacteristically flamboyant drive and was caught at slip for 73, the first sign that the declaration was near.

Craig clobbered his first ball in Test cricket over the long-on boundary, and moments later McCullum called his troops in. He had given his team a little over four sessions to bowl West Indies out, a little over three if they wanted to watch the first match of the football World Cup, and a little over two if they wanted to catch the opening ceremony as well. Southee, Craig and Sodhi needed less time than that.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Min2000 on | June 12, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Very proud of the lads -- a win in the windies is a treasure to a diehard NZL fan that has followed every test since the 80s. Hesson has proven himself beyond any doubt and deserves a lot of credit -- McCullum too is shaping up to be a very capable leader.

    Rutherford will come in for Fulton but I'm not sure what to do about Anderson. We clearly need both spinners and can you drop a guy who has hit hundreds in his first 2 tests?

    Its amazing to think that we still have Ryder, Guptil, Milne, Henry and Vetorri all wanting to break into this test squad.

  • POSTED BY howzat86 on | June 14, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    I thought New Zealand were excellent in this match they batted professionally bowled well and fielded well as for the West Indies they were abysmal.

  • POSTED BY cricketlover111 on | June 14, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    @fguy India is now ranked 5th, NZ 6th, WI 7th, for NZ to prove its worth it has to beat South Africa and Australia consistently, the no.1 and no.2 by quite some distance. This wasn't a dig at India, more a commentary on who the top teams are in the world at the moment. I don't care whether we beat the top two teams at home or away!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 13, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    @fguy Oram averaged 36 with bat and 33 with bowl. Lol. Styris averaged around 37-38. And always got some wickets. Lol Just have some rest mate. They're way above waasan and Bangar. Since the retirement of Fleming they both had the job to stabilise but the body gave away!

  • POSTED BY BlakeHoulihan on | June 13, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Hope we select horses for courses and don't try to reinvent middle order players as openers on the world stage. That has been NZ's problem in the past. But the value of Anderson is greater than Rutherford/Fulton, so it is a very tricky situation for the selectors. But suggesting Anderson should open is about as silly as you suggesting playing Wagner ahead of the Craig in the first Test, NikkoChun.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | June 13, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    @Shane Bond - "@Fguy Oh, and that 2009 series had a very experienced and settled unit, eh? No Shane Bond, no Oram, No styris. Only Dan Vettori. You closely won the 2010 series in India with 1-0 after 3 against same inept team. So need to brag on how timid and weak we're. Sour grapes should I say?" no oram, no styris?? rotfl. that's like saying we didnt have atul wassan & sanjay bangar! lol. & no one says that. & you need to get your eyes checked. i never said you'll were "timid"

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut: Yes, you are right: technically Neesham is arguably a more-rounded batsman than Anderson (no argument here!) and I am stoked you have come to see that they should both be in the first XI. On who of the two should open this second test (as I disagree with the calls for Rutherford and the acceptance it is inevitable, as in this series we are playing two spinners and there is less 'room' and we have to be inventive)... I think it should be Corey. He is the one coming in and the opener is the one going out. Making Neesham open when he is going for stand-alone history is perhaps unfair. The idea for me is that Corey is worth more runs than Fulton/Rutherford and then can bowl. Neesham is running too hot for me to move from the middle-order in the here and now. So I would open with one of Corey, McCullum or Watling. I actually think Watling's case mimics Neesham's and his keeping has been too vital. So it is Baz or Corey. I think McCullum should do it as he has before.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    I wonder why we feel that changing the captain would bring different results? We have some players that are just living on past glory. For instance, Marlon Samuels needs to go now and bring i Dwayne Bravo, and Powell needs to go as well. He really started well but has fell away badly. I would give Edwards a try for a at least another match, but after that we can afford to make changes. The coach can do no more, it's really up the players now. The KIWIS were down and dug in to get it right. Apart from Chiv we no other player who is capable and is just facts. I do believe though that WI can level this series but i hope the coach makes some changes.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    Knowing how WI selectors think, they're going to play the same set of players next match. how long can players play and not be responsible for their poor performance on the field of play. First! drop Samuels bring in Bravo the allrounder which give the team a third seamer and a much better balance bowling attack. For the next match if fit: GAYLE, BRATHWAITE, EDWARDS, BLALKWOOD, CHANDERPAUL, DJ.BRAVO, RAMDIN, BENN, TAYLOR, SHILLINGFORD AND ROACH... There are no talent the likes of a GREENIDGE, Bc LARA, Sir V.RICHARD or Sir G.SOBERS so why the selectors keep giving Powell, Bravo,and Samuels these chances to fail over and over again.

  • POSTED BY Whispering_Holding on | June 12, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    We need either a batting all rounder who bowls medium, in the mould of Neesham or Kallis and we need a third seemed, possibly someone who swings the ball and not just bangs it into the pitch. i would go for Rampaul given his ability to swing both old an new ball and either Pollard or Smith as a batsman who can blow some medium pace, Bravo is not fit to do both. He can probably make the team as a batsman. Why can't we pick people on form as well, given Darren's shocking home season and probable attitude problems (why did he leave NZ in the last series under a cloud?) means he should take a rest along with the openers and Marlon.

  • POSTED BY Min2000 on | June 12, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Very proud of the lads -- a win in the windies is a treasure to a diehard NZL fan that has followed every test since the 80s. Hesson has proven himself beyond any doubt and deserves a lot of credit -- McCullum too is shaping up to be a very capable leader.

    Rutherford will come in for Fulton but I'm not sure what to do about Anderson. We clearly need both spinners and can you drop a guy who has hit hundreds in his first 2 tests?

    Its amazing to think that we still have Ryder, Guptil, Milne, Henry and Vetorri all wanting to break into this test squad.

  • POSTED BY howzat86 on | June 14, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    I thought New Zealand were excellent in this match they batted professionally bowled well and fielded well as for the West Indies they were abysmal.

  • POSTED BY cricketlover111 on | June 14, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    @fguy India is now ranked 5th, NZ 6th, WI 7th, for NZ to prove its worth it has to beat South Africa and Australia consistently, the no.1 and no.2 by quite some distance. This wasn't a dig at India, more a commentary on who the top teams are in the world at the moment. I don't care whether we beat the top two teams at home or away!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 13, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    @fguy Oram averaged 36 with bat and 33 with bowl. Lol. Styris averaged around 37-38. And always got some wickets. Lol Just have some rest mate. They're way above waasan and Bangar. Since the retirement of Fleming they both had the job to stabilise but the body gave away!

  • POSTED BY BlakeHoulihan on | June 13, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Hope we select horses for courses and don't try to reinvent middle order players as openers on the world stage. That has been NZ's problem in the past. But the value of Anderson is greater than Rutherford/Fulton, so it is a very tricky situation for the selectors. But suggesting Anderson should open is about as silly as you suggesting playing Wagner ahead of the Craig in the first Test, NikkoChun.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | June 13, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    @Shane Bond - "@Fguy Oh, and that 2009 series had a very experienced and settled unit, eh? No Shane Bond, no Oram, No styris. Only Dan Vettori. You closely won the 2010 series in India with 1-0 after 3 against same inept team. So need to brag on how timid and weak we're. Sour grapes should I say?" no oram, no styris?? rotfl. that's like saying we didnt have atul wassan & sanjay bangar! lol. & no one says that. & you need to get your eyes checked. i never said you'll were "timid"

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut: Yes, you are right: technically Neesham is arguably a more-rounded batsman than Anderson (no argument here!) and I am stoked you have come to see that they should both be in the first XI. On who of the two should open this second test (as I disagree with the calls for Rutherford and the acceptance it is inevitable, as in this series we are playing two spinners and there is less 'room' and we have to be inventive)... I think it should be Corey. He is the one coming in and the opener is the one going out. Making Neesham open when he is going for stand-alone history is perhaps unfair. The idea for me is that Corey is worth more runs than Fulton/Rutherford and then can bowl. Neesham is running too hot for me to move from the middle-order in the here and now. So I would open with one of Corey, McCullum or Watling. I actually think Watling's case mimics Neesham's and his keeping has been too vital. So it is Baz or Corey. I think McCullum should do it as he has before.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    I wonder why we feel that changing the captain would bring different results? We have some players that are just living on past glory. For instance, Marlon Samuels needs to go now and bring i Dwayne Bravo, and Powell needs to go as well. He really started well but has fell away badly. I would give Edwards a try for a at least another match, but after that we can afford to make changes. The coach can do no more, it's really up the players now. The KIWIS were down and dug in to get it right. Apart from Chiv we no other player who is capable and is just facts. I do believe though that WI can level this series but i hope the coach makes some changes.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    Knowing how WI selectors think, they're going to play the same set of players next match. how long can players play and not be responsible for their poor performance on the field of play. First! drop Samuels bring in Bravo the allrounder which give the team a third seamer and a much better balance bowling attack. For the next match if fit: GAYLE, BRATHWAITE, EDWARDS, BLALKWOOD, CHANDERPAUL, DJ.BRAVO, RAMDIN, BENN, TAYLOR, SHILLINGFORD AND ROACH... There are no talent the likes of a GREENIDGE, Bc LARA, Sir V.RICHARD or Sir G.SOBERS so why the selectors keep giving Powell, Bravo,and Samuels these chances to fail over and over again.

  • POSTED BY Whispering_Holding on | June 12, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    We need either a batting all rounder who bowls medium, in the mould of Neesham or Kallis and we need a third seemed, possibly someone who swings the ball and not just bangs it into the pitch. i would go for Rampaul given his ability to swing both old an new ball and either Pollard or Smith as a batsman who can blow some medium pace, Bravo is not fit to do both. He can probably make the team as a batsman. Why can't we pick people on form as well, given Darren's shocking home season and probable attitude problems (why did he leave NZ in the last series under a cloud?) means he should take a rest along with the openers and Marlon.

  • POSTED BY 22many on | June 12, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    be an interesting contest between the WI and Bangladesh at present...and I wouldn't mind betting Bangladesh would give them a good run for their money. I would ask BMac to open...he is woefully out of touch against spinners at present...20/20 world cup ...ipl and now again in the first test. For me he moves up while in WI and bring Anderson in at 5

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 12, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    @Fguy Oh, and that 2009 series had a very experienced and settled unit, eh? No Shane Bond, no Oram, No styris. Only Dan Vettori. You closely won the 2010 series in India with 1-0 after 3 against same inept team. So need to brag on how timid and weak we're. Sour grapes should I say?

  • POSTED BY fguy on | June 12, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    @cricketlover111 - "Now we are fashioning a good record against the likes of WI, India and Bangladesh"

    i disagree about your good record against India. when was the last time you'll won a test, leave alone a series, against India in India?

    in NZ, the previous series vs Ind (in '09) you'll lost.

    this time in '14 against a very young team (most players were only 2 overseas tests old) you'll won the first test narrowly & in the 2nd test were saved by a very good, once-in-a-lifetime innings. so yes, NZ are on the up but still have a ways to go (just like India)

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Predicted after day 1 with NZ 240/2, that NZ would get "500 plus" and the WI would be struggling to save a test match. There has to be a change in the batting line up. Barring SC, does anyone think that the first 6 batsmen of the WI can fit into any of the top 6 test teams. CG seems to be "undropable" after the saga with the board. Darren Bravo did score a double in NZ so he should be retained. The bowling did take 8 NZ wickets in the seconds inning for about 150 runs but the batting did even worse. Surely at least 3 batting changes necessary for the second test!

  • POSTED BY cricketdebator on | June 12, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    I want to write something about the WI cricket team, but the truth is, I do not know what to write, except that my heart bleeds when I look at the performances of most of the players. They make me sick.

  • POSTED BY Twinkie on | June 12, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Sorry to say, but my Windies batsman can't bat one over of good bowling. They can't seem to adjust after teams have found out their flaws. They keep doing the same things hoping to get different results. Even Brian Lara has been found wanting when examined. But he was famous for going into the nets and working it out. Then the other team had to go back to the drawing board. Time for a change. Lendl Simmons can't do worse than these guys. Kraigg Brathwaite has grown up a bit and should be given a chance. He can't do any worse. Come on, selectors! We have hit rock bottom. Chanderpaul can't last forever! If he goes with this present line up we won't reach a hundred runs.

  • POSTED BY tutorial on | June 12, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    WI.don't have talented batsmen in reserves, so why not play Simmons, Sarwan, Bravo, Leon Johnson and Fudadin. Surly the can't do any worse. If any player can make the cross over from t20 to test its Simmons, we have nothing to loose.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    The problems in West Indies test match cricket are endless, but in this particular match, the flaws were almost screaming. The batting performance was another amateurish, lacklustre performance and this was in reply to NZ posting 500 plus on a slow, flat wicket, where to begin?...Kirk Edwards looks like a man so low on confidence, almost a rabbit in headlights, whose only instinct is to block the ball, for a top-order batsman who can't judge a length, as to whether go forward or back is alarming at this level. Darren Bravo has shown promise for years, but has failed to take the next step up and Samuels' flippant, casual approach to his obvious talent, has creeped back into his game, that plagued his performances over his career. Barath, Simmons, Sarwan and Dwayne's Bravo and Smith need to have another run in the test side, they can't do any worse. The bowling looks unbalanced with a third seamer needed, whether that be Holder or Rampaul to provide probing line, length and control.

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | June 12, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    @ nikko chunn, agree with your xi this time only i'd open with neesham not anderson, in my opinion neesham is the superior batsman with a better technique and temperment for tests where as anderson is the superior bowler so play him down the order, both are brilliant genuine allrounders and both deserve to play but i don't see anderson as an opener but strangely neesham looks like the perfect man for the job, always looks to have so much time which is a sign of class, i think he could handle it, im not saying one is better than the other just saying one is better suited to the top order and the other the middle order but both have to play.

  • POSTED BY cricketlover111 on | June 12, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Since losing 2-0 to England in 2013, NZ has now gone 8 tests without a loss, 4 of these wins. I don't know how long since NZ has done this, but I would imagine it is some time. Exciting times for NZ cricket, even having players fighting for positions. Finally we have batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders who are world class.

    Now we are fashioning a good record against the likes of WI, India and Bangladesh, we need to start beating (not losing to) Australia and South Africa to show we have really turned the corner.

  • POSTED BY Puffin on | June 12, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Excellent win from NZ here, disciplined and workmanlike. It has to be remembered, that WI batting is quite feeble atm, probably the worst in all the test sides. Nevertheless those wickets need to be taken to win.

    NZ seem to be kings of the 2nd division, and could surprise someone from higher up. The test match prospects for these teams are in sharp contrast: one is bright, the other of great concern for all who follow cricket.

  • POSTED BY pt_pt on | June 12, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Great all round win by NZ, they will need to sort out the openers for the next test. Open with Latham/Watling/McCullam if Anderson is fit to play. Apart from that cant see any more changes in this tea for the next test. All the best for Fulton for the future.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | June 12, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Why can't WI play the IPL stars Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and Pollard? Do they fear that they may lose? O.. wait...anyway they are losing so what can be worse than that?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 12, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Watling adds so much depth to the batting and he is a terrific keeper as well.Could be the one of the best if he continues like this.

  • POSTED BY Collis79 on | June 12, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    As a WIndian supporter I said on these very same pages before the series started that WIndies will lose the series 2-0 with rain saving them from defeat in one of the matches. Roach and Taylor are not Test bowlers, neither are Benn and Shillingford, every time Shillingford take a 5fer, he's bowled 40 overs for 140 runs, useless. Not surprisingly the batting was useless except as always for Chanderpaul. As far as Ramadhin is concerned, 30s are not nearly enough when you are a captain they have to become 100s with the ability to inspire others to bigger efforts. I expect WIndies to lose at Bridgetown if the rain does not come and no WIndian supporter should be surprised.

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | June 12, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    I must add that I do miss Sammy's fighting spirit & constant strive for unity in the West Indies team. The lack of Sammy's energy made them looked like individuals rather than a one machine team. But I do not want to take away any credit from an improving Black Caps side. A lot of teams would have felt uncomfortable with all the negativity after such a classic display of cricket by the Black Caps.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Open with Anderson. That, for me (unless it is a green-top and then just bring in Anderson for one of the spinners (God knows which one!!)) - Anderson for Fulton - is the only fair change. Then either McCullum (who may prefer the harder ball and pace on these pitches), Anderson or anyone below 4 basically (to appease the never shift Williamson or Taylor comments people) can open with Latham. We must play our best eleven players. Both Corey and Jimmy are in that 11. Playing Fulton (and arguably Rutherford) in the 11 ahead of them sends the wrong message to a team firing on nearly every conceivable cylinder, but one that will face a sterner test with the series on the line next up.

    1/ Latham 2/ Anderson 3/ Williamson 4/ Taylor 5/ McCullum 6/ Neesham 7/ Watling 8/ Sodhi 9/ Southee 10/ Craig 11/ Boult

    That's my line-up and, in the spirit of the NZ way, it is the FAIREST XI. Wagner can consider himself unlucky and would play if not for 2 spinners.

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | June 12, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    I've watch this entertaining test match everyday it lasted till midnight & beyond. Great play from New Zealand. I love watching Chanderpaul bat & feels he was unlucky in the second innings. It was really exciting watching Craig's overs. Now for Monday's Test. I hope the excitement continues with a twist or two.

  • POSTED BY FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on | June 12, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    And now, more calls for Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan etc. Forget going backwards to go forwards - it doesn't work, especially with such shocking physical conditions as the latter two named. West Indies have plenty of problems - those of us who understand these issues know that more than just a few changes to the XI will turn this around - but there is light at the end of the tunnel. The new structure will come into place for next season, a longer domestic campaign etc will go a long way to developing the younger generation of promising players. The talent is there...but coaching, management - utilizing the former greats, not former fringe players, is patently required to be at a higher level. One of the greatest concerns is the state of the pitches - get some life back into them, for the sake of the WI game. Windies cricket is about positive batting and attacking bowlers - the pitches are pathetic. Imagine a Roach, Taylor, Holder led attack on hard lively pitches...

  • POSTED BY Petesta on | June 12, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Wow the WI are useless! Its irritating for non-WI cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | June 12, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    not bad, thought it would have been alot harder than that but this is a very professional nz team, probably the most talented in my life time, fulton is a relic of our dismal past and must never wear the black cap again, nice guy, strong leader but terrible batsman and his time has come. good on hesson, bond and mccullum they are getting the best out of these young guys and the credit must go to them for finnally getting young talented kiwi players to forefill there potential, this is very refreshing for a black caps fan and the fore seeable future looks very bright indeed

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    @StevieS - im glad someone said something about the sour grapes coming from the WI fans. It seems like opposition supporters need to put NZ's efforts down to maintain the illusion of superiority. Instead of NZ bowling well on a flat pitch the general WI opinion seems to be that infact WI gifted NZ with terrible batting and instead of NZ batting well to get to 500 it was the poor WI bowling that deserves the credit Just like many people in life even cricket supporters seem to need to feel superior to someone....thats why NZ will only ever be considered mediocre, even if we rose to #1 in the rankings.

    @SLslider - another great example of what im sayng...smh. Currently NZ is Ranked ahead of SL & WI, NZ beat SL in there last encounter in SL to draw the series. SL are a good team but certainly not #1 across all formats. this is just another example of needing someone to look down on.

    imo NZ won the match rather than WI loosing the match, give credit where credits due

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    I could say "I told you so" and just bask in the glory of another match followed with the requisite accuracy and tactical awareness of a true comments man (lolz...sorry, but, the truth hurts!), but I will simply add one thing that I somehow managed not to include in my run of exact calls (Neesh proving his worth and more, NZ playing the tactics perfectly and having the Windies at their mercy and not batting too 'slowly', that they should have shifted Williamson up and not played Fulton and so on...).. namely that Watling's keeping was, ball for ball, some of the finest wicket-keeping I have ever seen. The Black Caps were outstanding and we are all very proud in NZ. West Indies will be better in the next test, but we had ordinary tests from Taylor and McCullum and we will drop Fulton.... so if you are under any illusions or expecting complacency, I should warn you now with a heads up from one competitor to another... We're coming even harder. Be ready this time (but not too ready..).

  • POSTED BY Marby on | June 12, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    I am loving the results of the Black Caps at the moment. Great work by the players and the coaches. Its been such a long time and the rewards are so much sweeter when they are long time in coming. I also feel for the West Indies atm, because they have also been waiting for things to change. Stick with your team. the results will come...so long as it isnt against my team :)

  • POSTED BY wirus on | June 12, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    When you look at the energy generated by the professional NZ players as against the WI players you begin to see the symptoms of the problem. Ramdin did his best but there was no sharpness in the field or fire in their eyes. Just a hope that things may work out this time. It doesn't help when players know that the best 11 are not on the field. It doesn't help when walking wickets populate the line up, like the fading Gayle and Samuels and lost young men like Powell, Bravo and maybe Edwards too. It is disheartening when you look around in the dressing room or on the field and see players full of doubt and fear and clueless as to how to improve. Above all it doesn't help to have a manager who is as inept as Gibson, totally lacking in the vision and leadership which WI so badly need now to support Ramdin. Surely now is the time for a new manager and new batsmen. With a good bowling pool they must act NOW to change the mental dynamic of the batting aspect, NOW not at the end of this series.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    @SLslider I don't know whether you are a true SL fan or someone who is pretending to be one.,A true SL fan would know that SL has lot of work to do to become the No.1 side in test cricket. Only an insane person would suggest that SL could roll over New Zealand in any part of the world. I believe that New Zealand is a vastly improved test side and our Sri Lankan test team has a lot more areas to improve on to be the no1 team in test cricket. So please hold your horses if you are a Sri Lankan and see how we do against England before bashing and belittling other teams.,., - SL fan-

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    So., for this season having fascinating end at least up to WC startup Freshers/lot of emerging cricketers going to win the matches is it?

  • POSTED BY AlSmug on | June 12, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    After another fine performance from this current nz side , I got to say they are well drilled , credit to the team and support staff. They may not be the most talented team in the world but they are relentless with nagging lines and lengths with the ball,working for each other in the field and as a batting group This team coud upset any current test playing nation that does not show them the respect they deserve , my hat goes off to the sheep lovers, well played indeed.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | June 12, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Very good win for New Zealand. I've been impressed with the skills and form of Watling of late; eight catches behind the sticks in the match, and he always seems to contribute significantly with the bat. Much better performances needed from West Indies' batsmen next time.

  • POSTED BY 22many on | June 12, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Last WI dismissal is worth watching again in slow mow

  • POSTED BY SLslider on | June 12, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    @ siddhartha87 SL is the no. 1 team across all formats. WI, NZ don't even hold water in front of Sri Lanka. Its a shame for WI that they lose to a mediocre team like NZ that too in their own home. WI were at the top when other teams were new to cricket. I bet SL can roll over WI and NZ in any part of the world today.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 12, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    @StevieS Lol, some people can't fathom the fact that they lost. @SL Slider Sri Lanka lost their last test match vs New Zealand at home. Shouldn't theirs be scrapped too?

  • POSTED BY wirus on | June 12, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Words fail. It says everything when another humiliating defeat is no longer shocking. I along with others predicted that several WI batsmen were unfit for this match through being out of form including Gayle whom they would have played if he had two broken legs and 1 functioning lung. Samuels, Powell and Darren Bravo were also clearly out of form. Edwards played on merit and disappointed. How can WI talk about becoming a force in test cricket again if they persist with such policies? I know there are precious few options but surely with so many out of form it is a perfect excuse to try a few new batsmen or maybe one or two from the past. Brathwaite, Blackwood, Johnson, Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Simmons, Fudadin, even Sarwan if he's still interested and Dwayne Bravo must play if fit. . What's the worse that could happen - they fail. Well this current group is failing anyway. Not change for change sake but change because we have nothing to lose and maybe something to gain.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 12, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    @Dimesh Ross Taylor averages 47 in tests, 40 in odi's and 24 in t20's. IPL has hardly ruined him.

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | June 12, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    @SL SLider : sri lanka drew test against Bangladesh and lost tests against Australia,England and India. Don't you think SL should lost their test status?

  • POSTED BY PPL11 on | June 12, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Seems a very bright future for Kiwis - Nice to see they are back playing very good test cricket !!

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    If NZ can pull of the series win, they will prove that they will be no pushovers in overseas conditions and can match teams like India,Pakistan & SL in away conditions. Real test will be in Australia, England & SA.

  • POSTED BY AMMAR3438668158 on | June 12, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    wi need sarwan and russel.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | June 12, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    WI_KDoct mediocre NZ team? This team won the last test they played v Australia in Australia, Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, won against India and WI in New Zealand and should of beaten England. Sounds like sour grapes.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 12, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    @SLslider. You need to slow your roll. NZ played good safe cricket. Some of the WI players did not apply themselves and hence they lost. Can you tell me of any team who hasn't lost a game on their own home ground? In the ratings NZ and WI are almost the same.. England is rated below WI in t20, should their status be scrapped and left to play only ODI and test? And what about Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, should we scrap their test status and give the teams you mentioned a chance too?

  • POSTED BY TJP1000 on | June 12, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Narine should play instead of Benn. If you are a top side like SA/AUS then players listen to the team, if you are a weak team like BAN/WI, then the team need to make exceptions for the top players. And give Shillingford a break, he picked up 4 or 5 five fors in a row end last year and deserves to partner Narine. The batting is attrocious though and surely WI can field a proper fast bowling alrounder. Hope Dwayne Bravo has recovered from injury and plays the next game.

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | June 12, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Great effort by Kiwis. This is really a great team. Southee and Boult is 3 rd best new ball pair of the word behind Harris-MJ and Steyn-Philande. They should drop Fulton for 2nd test and bring in Rutherford

  • POSTED BY SLslider on | June 12, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    WI getting hammered by NZ at home. LOL. Its time WI test and even ODI status should be scraped and they should only play T20. Its better to give opportunities to Afghanistan and Scotland than this WI team.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | June 12, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    This W was very much on expected lines. This mediocre WI were never a match for an improved NZ. Was done and dusted very quick in the end with barely a session needed to roll them over on d4 itself. So 1-0 done . Soon will be 2-0 and a 3-0 will be pretty pleasing result for NZ.

  • POSTED BY mandy1383 on | June 12, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Correy Anderson should be playing in place of Peter Fulton , enough chances for him.....

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Hi Campbell I agree with you about Fulton but Williamson has to stay at 3, he is the best batsman we have and moving him imho would be madness. There are other opening options.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 12, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Congrats Mark Craig.A great start to your test career

  • POSTED BY Dimesh on | June 12, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    half a WI team some players from NZ ross taylor see how IPL ruin there career and how it effects to INT results.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    BJ Watling. You Beauty !! Never seen wicket keeper take catches like this of spinners. Brilliant.

  • POSTED BY Felix1025 on | June 12, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    Russel and Sarawan are really missing from WI team. I feel sorry for Sammy who was re- building the WI team. Sammy was a real charismatic leader. He lost series badly overseas, but always performed well when playing in WI. Poor WI cricket administration. Bravo ( who is related to Lara) : better show your capabilities now, soon or say good bye to cricket. I had so much of hopes on you, and day by day you are destroying them. Good luck for the next match (From a SL fan)

  • POSTED BY regofpicton on | June 12, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    In terms of horses for courses, well done to the selectors for playing Craig, and well to the the young man for the performance. But I would still worry for him on a pitch that didn't give any assistance . . .

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 12, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    I watched the West Indies bat their first innings in this test. All the batsman apart from Chanderpaul were playing shots like it was a 20/20 match. Poor disciplined batting!!

  • POSTED BY shemozzle on | June 12, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    you would think kieron pollard, dwayne bravo and sunil narine could get a game in this pathetic west indies outfit!! even sarwan and nash could still play competetive cricket!! fancy going into a test match with 2 pace bowlers! 1,gayle 2,powell 3,bravo 4,samuels 5,chanderpaul 6,dw.bravo/pollard 7,ramdin 8,narine 9,taylor 10,roach 11,holder

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | June 12, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    All these different names WI fans suggest have just as poor if not poorer records than the 11 guys in the team. It will not change anything. Look at the FC records of Simmons, Carter, Smith.... all poor, all beneath International standard.

  • POSTED BY JoshFromJamRock on | June 12, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    This was expected from almost all the fans. West Indies bowlers doing very well while the batsmen doing badly.

    Taylor, Roach, Shillingford and Benn did really well a group. They were all coming off lay-offs and impressed me enough to suggest that they all should be retained in the playing XI for this series on forthcoming tours. They all can bat once they make up their minds to either drop anchor or go on an all out offensive. Narine can wait.

    Bravo (if he's fit), Russell, Carlos Brathwaite and Dwayne Smith all need to be seriously considered for the rest of the series. They would definitely do better than a 4-ball pair and a wicketless match. Playing Jason Holder as a fifth bowler wouldn't be too bad either as the WI tail is quite strong when discipline.

    NZ did very well as a batting unit and credit must be given to BMac, his bowlers and the coaching staff for how they exploited the weaknesses of the WI top order.

    The careers of Fulton and Samuels are definitely on the line.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 12, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Did Hesson speak to the match referee?

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    As a kiwi supporter Peter Fulton has used up his lives. 8 and 0 backing up his last few innings where he hasn't got above 15. Bring Corey Anderson in and elevate Kane Williamson to opener for the second test and see how he goes

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 12, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    good team effort by kiwis. beating wi in wi soil its simply great.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 12, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    its an excitung time for the black caps ecpect to see them climb world rankings. Fulton needs to be replaced. rest of team looks very solid

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | June 12, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    Tomorrow's forecast for Kingston is showers morning Thunder storms from midday onwards !

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | June 12, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    Simmons , Pollard, Deonarine, Holder ,Miller ....

    IN for Bravo, Edwards, Samuels, Benn, Shillingford .....

    these changes could reduce NZ 1st innings by 100 runs , and increase WI 1st inning by 100 runs ....

    Miller can bowl 50 overs for 90 runs .... that is his FORTE ..... Bravo and Edwards are woefully out of form .... Pollard and Simmons are in form.

    Pollard grafted out a 1st class century while injured ! He is 100% fit NOW .....

  • POSTED BY WI_KDoct on | June 12, 2014, 2:17 GMT

    Thank you WICB for not allowing Sunil Narine to play. HERE IS YOUR RESULT ! These WI players were pathetic against a mediocre NZ team. Poor bowling, poor batting, the pitch was like a school-boys pitch. Time to focus on FIFA WC.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 12, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    Can't understand why Jonathan Carter isn't playing in this side yet. He is one of the more exciting and probably consistent players we have in the Caribbean right now. If performance counts in our rather short domestic tourney, then surely he must be playing. Rather lose with fresh faces than the same old ones all the time anyway.

  • POSTED BY Swingit on | June 12, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    Oh I am sure its still all Darren Sammy's fault.....or because their are not enough Trinis on the team...or because....they gave 2 T20s to Dominica....Everyone is a better selector/captain/coach/player than those doing the job...lol SMDH

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    @Edward Wayne John, I think you should be part of the West Indies selectors. After a torrid tour in New Zealand some of these guys had no place in the squad. Both Sarwan and Nash are better suited players and are in better form. Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine should be there for the second test as well as Simmons and Blackwood. Chanderpaul and Ramdin should bat higher in the innings.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 2:09 GMT

    also mayb it would be best for Gayle to move down the order as he is really struggling against southee, twice out in 34 balls for just 1 run.

  • POSTED BY BlakeHoulihan on | June 12, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    Where are the people who didn't want Mark Craig to play? Where are the people who said NZ was being negative? We just saw the second fastest test half century ever, and people say it's boring? Two declarations and a four day finish and the game went right down to the last over of the day! Instead of saying "I told you so" like some others do, just say well done NZ. Give credit when it's due.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    I thought Blackwood wood have to wait but his form recently has been really good. maybe we should bring him into the 11. i also think we need to bring Narine in as he has a history of doing well versus the Kiwis and he also has the doosra which Shillingford isnt allowed to bowl. i dont think he will have it any easier than on his home ground in Port of Spain which should help the spinners even more. Hopefully Bravo's is fit enough to come in for Samuels as an extra bowler who can bat fairly well. Samuels is not in a very good place now & needs to sort his head out.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 12, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    Leon Johnson, Brathwaite, Blackwood,Big Bravo, Narine, Bishoo in

    Samuels, Edwards, Powell,Benn and shillingford out.

    anything other than these changes will yield the same results.

  • POSTED BY Codfish63 on | June 12, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    Nice to see our spinners in the spotlight for a change! Rutherford will replace Fulton for the next test for obvious reasons, but I wonder what will happen if Anderson is fit for selection - can they afford to drop Neesham?

    I remember watching with awe the likes of Roberts, Croft, Holding, Garner, Marshall - as well as Walsh, Ambrose, Bishop later on. Whatever happened to the fearsome West Indies fast bowler? These guys today hardly trouble anybody! Such a shame - they used to glue me to the telly...

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | June 12, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    NZ was not impressive ...

    what do you expect when 11 plays 5 .......

    Gyale, Chanderpaul, Ramdhin, Taylor, Roach ...vs the entire NZ 11 ...

    Shillingford and Benn were horrible .....

    Deonarine , may be ordinary.... but he is much better than Shillingford and Samuels

    Deonarine,Holder,Miller, Roach,Taylor ..should be the WI bowling attack ....

    Miller can bowl 50 overs for 90 runs ...... He is the only spinner in the WI other than Permaul who can tie up an end...

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    The SAGA continues Cameron we still on the right direction ?

  • POSTED BY MeijiMura on | June 12, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Once again the West Indies played without any pride. They just gave up, throwing wicket after wicket after wicket away after taking wickets off no-balls and dropping catches in the field. Is it any wonder no-one goes to watch them play Test Cricket anymore? Perhaps they would play with pride and provide better on-field performances if the West Indies as an entity were done away with and replaced with their constituent parts Jamaica, Guyana, T&T, Barbados, Windward Islands and Leeward Islands.

    As for New Zealand this win shouldn't mask the need for a change to be made at the top of the order. Hamish Rutherford represents the future of NZ cricket whereas Peter Fulton represents the past, and not only was he not up to it with the bat this Test, he was poor in the field too dropping simple catches.

  • POSTED BY slasher on | June 12, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    Success breeds success, this NZ team is starting to make winning a habit, and now they have new players that aren't scarred by NZ's mediocrity in the recent past, hopefully they can kick on. They have a great core of players to build a good team around

  • POSTED BY Roysingh1972 on | June 12, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    New Zealand is good! The question for West Indies is, was it worth it to don't pick Narine ? And Kirk Edwards on your team but could not have any games in the regional series cause of 2 T shirt. It is good to see Taylor back on the WI, and how many times would you have your tail ender making top score? Call up Dwayne bravo, Pollard, Russel, Simmons, and Dwayne Smith. You know the batting line up is week! Why not take a chance with the best 20/20 batsmen in the world? Stop your foolishness and pick your best 11.

  • POSTED BY mngc1 on | June 12, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    19 ducks in 80 WI wickets to fall in 4 tests and Gibson and his coaching staff still keep their jobs.

  • POSTED BY saifkhanBD on | June 12, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    Exciting time for BC fans. After the series win over India, BC player's body language and attitude seems to be different. The players seem more self-assured and confident. Credit has to be given to Brendan for showing such great leadership. Anyway, I hope, Fulton is dropped and Ryder is brought back to open in the test. Ryder is a great talent and should be brought back. All the best.

  • POSTED BY iceaxe on | June 12, 2014, 0:47 GMT

    Impressive NZ. A team to watch.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 0:47 GMT

    Finally finally will Samuels be dropped now.sarwan should be reinstated he is badly needed at the top since chanderpaul is only interested in scoring at no5 at his own pace with his runs having little impact on the result.Edwards has failed again.n

  • POSTED BY Third_slip on | June 12, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    Congratulations to the Kiwis who, thoroughly deserved their win and played the better cricket throughout. However, from a West Indies viewpoint, this game should mark the end of the road for Powell, K Edwards and Samuels, with Da Bravo on borrowed time! The first two are not test standard, pure and simple. Despite an excellent 2012, Samuel has regressed badly and at 33 I think his best days are behind him. I'd give younger Bravo two more tests to show his quality. Like Edward Wayne John, I believe Brendan Nash still has a role to play and at least bye sells his wicket dearly. Sarwan has been dropped, yet he has a better record than Samuels. Simmons has never been given run in the test team. Bowling wise how about sacrificing a spinner for Jason Holder? This really is avseirs

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    This WI team are a sand bunch and the management even sadder

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    @Roshan_P . Jimmy Neesham is essentially a batsman, who bowls. In fact both he and Corey Anderson are 'true' all-rounders. Good signs for NZ... with Craig, Watling, Latham.. et al added into the mix.. They are no more dependent on the usual suspects... Taylor & B Mac, both of them will be retiring as true NZ greats, passing on the baton to youngsters like Williamson -- another great in the making!

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    @Edward Wayne John ur post was making sense, then u mentioned Sarwan.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    It is plain and simple. NZ came to play cricket. They are focused and had a good job plan. It was well executed. NZ team is a well selected one, and they proved it in this first test.

    No one can blame the wicket, NZ batted on the same one and not only did they apply themselves, they showed tremendous amount of patience.

    West Indies, as Ian Bishop eluded, not enough regional performance breathes poor results. Good to see the tail enders batted like middle order batsmen.

    West Indies has been rebuilding for years now. They tried all possible combination of players yet the issue is lack of concentration, poor shot selection and poor team selection. I have mentioned before West Indies has to field three pace man. Don't care how they do it but if they want to get back at NZ, that is the way to go.

    Hopefully when Shiv retires, the WICB, WIPA and Sarwan can come to an understanding. The only man I see to replace Shiv in the middle as he still has a lot of cricket left in him.

  • POSTED BY SameOld on | June 12, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    NZ going from strength to strength lately. Best thing to see in this win is how many contributed, rather than just one or two stand-out performances. Southee really coming in to his own, he seems to grow another leg when bowling with Boult. Fantastic stuff.

    Speaking of Boult, the WI batsmen will want to watch out for him next Test, he rarely misses out two games in a row. And whatever you do, don't give him a green pitch! :)

    Interesting to see what happens if Anderson is fit for the 2nd. Both he and Wagner may have trouble regaining their spots, through no fault of their own. how strange to think of NZ as a team with such depth, after all the years I have supported them with what seemed like half an international side. Just that one opener's spot to sort now, and we look good from 1 to 11. Strange days for diehard NZ fans, strange but happy days.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    Haha...blame Sammy..haha....Shillingford watch out your place in danger...

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | June 12, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    WI squad is playing the batting order reversed.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | June 12, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    NZ continue to do good things. They're on the way up and can't be taken lightly by anyone these days. I wonder how good they can get.

  • POSTED BY darren_1146 on | June 12, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    This performance by the WI is nothing short of disgraceful. The batsmen showed no application and they showed absolutely no character. As a West Indian I'm so disgusted by this performance.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | June 12, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    New captain same old story

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    wow W.I do again get read sammy no narine but suprise peters from St.vincent who had more wickets than roach & taylor still can;t get in W.I team, wow thank God for shillingford or it would more worst .If you did realize the front line bowler can't even get 4 wickets in a inn taylor 4 wicket for the match Roach 2 wow that poor for W.I fast bowler

  • POSTED BY Flystraight on | June 12, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    Ah! The predictability of a now balanced West Indies team, no longer shall we teeter between wins and losses owing to the imbalance created by Darren Sammy. Alas, our machine, well oiled with the venom of puerile vengeance accelerates our stride towards the doldrums of a game that I once loved. So, I will bask in the days of my childhood when greatness had not a dollar figure, and no number of wickets could rearrange Curtly's face into a smile. I will say goodbye whilst I am still able, as a man prone to hypertension, all other "high" unpleasant things. With whatever modest amount of self respect I have left, as a loyal fan I TOO WILL RETIRE!

  • POSTED BY stevenz on | June 12, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    Another test win for NZ this year!! A debutant spinner ( of all things) getting the "man of the match" award, two bowlers in the world top ten, the batsmen scoring centuries seemingly at will, Watling holding up the late middle order like great kiwi wicket keepers of old. Oh and the two best all-rounders in the world. This is a great time to be a kiwi.

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    Wow, well done NZ! For a balanced WI team without Sammy I expected more...or did I? Samuels is out of form, he needs to go, lil Bravo is a waste, and Edwards needs to step up; I 'm tired of the selectors talking about players having potential and promise, and not delivering or being consistent, Sammy was the problem so they say, so we should be winning. Besides, this is a recycled WI team, so much for a new look team. Thank God the FIFA world cup starts tomorrow, I don't have to follow this dreary series.

  • POSTED BY Antony_Lucas on | June 11, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    Well done Marc Craig, but i think the failure to capture that last wicket didnt warranting him receiving the MoM award. The emergence of Tom Latham this test match is what will bring the most NZ the most satisfaction. Craig will contine to do well this series, but Latham will be a long-term success

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    I guess Darren Sammy is to be blamed for West Indies loss again today....

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    cONGRATULATIONS to the young NZ team. Fulton out, Rutherford in, and if the pitch is fast what spinner do you leave out, and what of Anderson?

    Would luv to see your comments on this.

    signed Kiwi's reign.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | June 11, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    A great victory for NZ. I hate to say it but the 2nd test squad will probably be even stronger. Rutherford to come in and replace Fulton but the problem lies with bringing back in Anderson which if fit, you would have to. That leaves either of the spinners to come out and based on performance that would have to be Sodhi. A good position to be in none the less.

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    First: Ramdin is no leader. He belongs in the swamps with other boys. Two innings and he failed to implement ONE tactical move. Given all the analyst feedback on the opposition, I find it hard to believe they did not give the new captain information to implement strategies for getting the NZ men out. Second: Roach, Taylor are not test quality fast bowlers. Fast bowling is not only bowling hard. It involves working out strategies with your captain to get the opposition out. Did not see any of that. Third: If Gayle is not fit why play him ???? Lastly, no one in the team deserves to be playing test cricket, that includes #5 as he only seems to bat for personal reasons. Mentally these boys are not ready to absorb the intellectual challenge that test cricket requires. I wonder if any of them can explain why they shine the cricket ball...

  • POSTED BY lyl67 on | June 11, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    Please,Please, Please Change is needed.Everyone sees it except the selectors. Bring in some new players. Exit Powell, Edwards,Samuels and Bravo.

  • POSTED BY Foxymoron on | June 11, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    Credit to NZ coach and captain. Amazing to think what they have achieved. It shows what some quality players and competition for playing spots can do. Anderson is now 2nd in line for all rounders spot, and Wagner is still in the wings when needed. All from very limited player pool and funds. NZ is an inspiring team.

  • POSTED BY sugars on | June 11, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    I thought without Sammy in the side in would have been a more balanced and world beater. He was less talented a player but had a bigger impact for those West Indies side than the so called talented ones on paper who,constantly fail where they need to shine. No more will there be Sammy this and Sammy that. I can already see all te progress made under Sammy will quickly go down the drain..

  • POSTED BY cindian on | June 11, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    We really need a fresh start --instead having the same failures. Since C. Galye does not want to play test --then do not include him. Randin although a good wicket-kepper is not a goof batsman. Make CB Brthwaite the captain, Pooran the wicketkepper We should have (1) CR Brathwaite (2)KOA Powell (3) L. Simmons(4) LR Johnson (5)AD Russell (6)S Chanderpaul (7) N.Pooran (8) Jason Holder (9) K. Roach (10) Shannon Gabriel (11) S Shillingford

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    "Tom Latham is also looking a good prospect. However I have never really been convinced by Fulton when I've seen him.

    Fulton is just a space saver. Rutherford will come back into the team once he has a a few hits in the domestic competition and regathers his confidence.

  • POSTED BY BellaCricket on | June 11, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    I would have thought that since the removal of the 'worst' and 'weakest' cricketer on the team (Sammy) that the West Indies would have done a lot better since it was reported that he made the team unbalanced. Where's the balance now??? West Indies selectors playing small island big island politics with WI cricket.

    Sammy sit back, relax and watch their downfall....

  • POSTED BY RespectTruth on | June 11, 2014, 22:30 GMT

    Please drop K, Powell, K, Edwards and M. Samuels. These men need to find form before they are allowed to play for WI again. Sir Richardson, please ban the wearing of ear-ring on the field. Cricket in not a fashion show, it is serious business. Just look at the Aussies or Blackcaps. I am close to giving up on these jokers playing for the WI after 42 years of support.

    Selectors and managers please don't accept this performance. Sir Ambrose you deserve much better. Bye, bye and thanks Powell, Edwards and Samuels. Next would be Gayle for lack of footwork.

  • POSTED BY starcy on | June 11, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    Why is L Simmons not in the test squad?

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | June 11, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    Oh boy, this is bad for WI. Great to see Taylor back, and bowling with Roach, but this is the only positive. Before the start of this Test I wanted Powell @ 6, where there is a bit less pressure for a young man so he can establish himself in this team rather than be exposed by the new ball. Now it looks like he and the underprepared and Underperformed Samuels need to go. WI need a third seem option, whether in place of a spinner or an allrounder batting @ 6. It's a shame Rampaul is unfit/injured as he would be a good compliment to the other 2 pacers. I do not understand why Miller, the best performed WI regional spinner, gets overlooked. I'm not calling for Simmons, Bonner, Carter etc as these all have poor records and would not make a scrap of difference.

  • POSTED BY FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on | June 11, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    Holder for Shillingford, Blackwood, Brathwaite and (possibly) Johnson for Samuels, Powell and (possibly) Edwards. Make the changes and give some younger guys a chance. Otherwise, more defeats coming...

  • POSTED BY arvindkiwi on | June 11, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    New Zealand have a few problems now.. Rutherford needs to be brought in instead of Fulton or New Zealand could even experiment with Anderson opening the innings and if they don't get a spin friendly track in the next test, I believe they should drop Sodhi as he wasn't very impressive and was expensive. Windies look too far from even drawing a test in this series.

  • POSTED BY RespectTruth on | June 11, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    Selectors please, please drop K, Powell, K. Edwards and M, Samuels. Also Sir Richardson please ban the wearing of ear-rings on the field. Most of these WI young men are just bringing shame to the people of the WI. I guess this is why the JA people stayed home. Not even supporting Gayle, Samuels and the brilliant return of Jerome Taylor. I am close to giving up on these jokers after 42 years of support.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 11, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Geez this WI team is woeful at best as seriously Zimbabwe would beat WI comfortably. Take nothing away from NZ as they have been professional and played great attacking cricket.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 11, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    Fudadin permaul sarwan even deonarine..

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 11, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    West Indian batsman should concentrate on next IPL season.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 11, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    @ selectors if any of Powell, Edwards, bravo , Samuels fail , please drop and fill in with any of Simmons, Blackwood, Carter, Pollard, Nash or sarwan

  • POSTED BY Roshan_P on | June 11, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    This NZ side is pretty impressive. Lots of young players and some very good young talent. Corey Anderson is not even in the team! Jimmy Neesham scoring two hundreds back-to-back - even specialist batsmen rarely do that let alone an all-rounder. Tom Latham is also looking a good prospect. However I have never really been convinced by Fulton when I've seen him. I think Hamish Rutherford is a better player, and he's one for the future too. Definitely get him in to open instead of Fulton.

  • POSTED BY Roshan_P on | June 11, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    This NZ side is pretty impressive. Lots of young players and some very good young talent. Corey Anderson is not even in the team! Jimmy Neesham scoring two hundreds back-to-back - even specialist batsmen rarely do that let alone an all-rounder. Tom Latham is also looking a good prospect. However I have never really been convinced by Fulton when I've seen him. I think Hamish Rutherford is a better player, and he's one for the future too. Definitely get him in to open instead of Fulton.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 11, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    @ selectors if any of Powell, Edwards, bravo , Samuels fail , please drop and fill in with any of Simmons, Blackwood, Carter, Pollard, Nash or sarwan

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 11, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    West Indian batsman should concentrate on next IPL season.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 11, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    Fudadin permaul sarwan even deonarine..

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 11, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Geez this WI team is woeful at best as seriously Zimbabwe would beat WI comfortably. Take nothing away from NZ as they have been professional and played great attacking cricket.

  • POSTED BY RespectTruth on | June 11, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    Selectors please, please drop K, Powell, K. Edwards and M, Samuels. Also Sir Richardson please ban the wearing of ear-rings on the field. Most of these WI young men are just bringing shame to the people of the WI. I guess this is why the JA people stayed home. Not even supporting Gayle, Samuels and the brilliant return of Jerome Taylor. I am close to giving up on these jokers after 42 years of support.

  • POSTED BY arvindkiwi on | June 11, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    New Zealand have a few problems now.. Rutherford needs to be brought in instead of Fulton or New Zealand could even experiment with Anderson opening the innings and if they don't get a spin friendly track in the next test, I believe they should drop Sodhi as he wasn't very impressive and was expensive. Windies look too far from even drawing a test in this series.

  • POSTED BY FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on | June 11, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    Holder for Shillingford, Blackwood, Brathwaite and (possibly) Johnson for Samuels, Powell and (possibly) Edwards. Make the changes and give some younger guys a chance. Otherwise, more defeats coming...

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | June 11, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    Oh boy, this is bad for WI. Great to see Taylor back, and bowling with Roach, but this is the only positive. Before the start of this Test I wanted Powell @ 6, where there is a bit less pressure for a young man so he can establish himself in this team rather than be exposed by the new ball. Now it looks like he and the underprepared and Underperformed Samuels need to go. WI need a third seem option, whether in place of a spinner or an allrounder batting @ 6. It's a shame Rampaul is unfit/injured as he would be a good compliment to the other 2 pacers. I do not understand why Miller, the best performed WI regional spinner, gets overlooked. I'm not calling for Simmons, Bonner, Carter etc as these all have poor records and would not make a scrap of difference.

  • POSTED BY starcy on | June 11, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    Why is L Simmons not in the test squad?