West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Port of Spain, 1st day June 16, 2014

Jerome Taylor, Benn restrict New Zealand to 221

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West Indies 6 for 1 trail New Zealand 221 (Latham 82, J Taylor 4-34, Benn 3-73) by 215 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The sight of the green surface at the Queen's Park Oval was a welcome change after the slow-and-low pitch in Sabina Park but it appeared there was not much of a change in the script. New Zealand chose to bat, lost an early wicket, then Tom Latham and Kane Williamson laid anchor and put on a century stand as West Indies' bowlers struggled to make impact.

However, just when it seemed it was slipping away, two wickets in the second session sparked a resurgence from West Indies. New Zealand, after being 159 for 3 at tea, capitulated to lose their last seven wickets for 62 runs in a dramatic last session.

Sulieman Benn, the lone spinner in the West Indies XI, trapped Brendon McCullum plumb in front with the second delivery after tea. That wicket set the tone as the bowlers applied relentless pressure from both ends and forced batsmen into false shots. Jimmy Neesham slashed a Jerome Taylor delivery to first slip, BJ Watling offered a loose poke soon after to be caught behind and then Ish Sodhi was caught at slip too, all in the space of seven runs.

Ross Taylor scratched around for an 80-ball 45, but his stay lacked conviction as a bulk of his runs came through iffy shots. As he stood circumspect in the middle, he witnessed helplessly the disintegration of the innings that had started promisingly with Latham scoring yet another half-century.

Jerome Taylor, playing his first Test series since 2009, was the pick of the West Indies bowlers with a probing spell of 4 for 34 and although he lacked the same level of support in the first half of the day, the other three bowlers rallied behind him later.

The turnaround happened when Latham, who had looked set to breach the 100-mark for the first time in Tests, edged a Kemar Roach delivery to gully at the stroke of tea, ending a 163-ball innings during which he had showed no signs of flinching in his concentration.

The remaining overs in the session produced nervous moments for the batsmen; Ross Taylor was reprieved off the last two balls of the session from Roach, first by Denesh Ramdin, who didn't go for a thick outside edge, then by Kirk Edwards, who dropped a simple chance to his left at short mid-on.

In the third session, there were no let-offs as West Indies tightened their loose ends: Roach upped his pace, Jerome Taylor bowled fuller lengths and got the ball to move away, Benn kept the batsmen on their toes with his arm ball, Gabriel firmly stood at the door preventing an escape and all catches were swallowed by the fielders.

The way the innings finished must have left the bowlers wondering what could have been had they not been lax in the first half of the day. Jerome Taylor and Roach used the conditions to their advantage, getting the ball to swing and seam with decent bounce, but all West Indies had to show for the effort was one wicket - that of Hamish Rutherford. Then followed a period of New Zealand dominance, led by Latham, which threatened to take the game away from West Indies.

Latham, impressive during his twin half-centuries in the first Test, was unfazed during that testing first period, and even later. He was prepared to leave a number of deliveries outside off, a trait that also rubbed off on Rutherford, who had replaced Peter Fulton. Both batsmen refrained from pushing unnecessarily at deliveries to start with, until Rutherford's patience ran out.

Latham continued playing a compact game. His first boundary - a classical off-drive past the non-striker - came off the 32nd delivery he faced, in Gabriel's first over. Twice, when he appeared in trouble against rising deliveries, he still managed eight runs with a couple of controlled guides through gully.

Ramdin opted for spin in the 16th over and Benn, with his height, posed a threat with the appreciable bounce he extracted. Latham was untroubled, using a solid front-foot defence to smother most of those deliveries. The runs came easily off the seamers at the other end and Latham went on to reach his third successive half-century of the tour, in 83 balls. Seventy-one runs came in the 18 overs just before lunch, a far cry from the slow start to the innings.

Both Williamson and Latham stuck to the same template in the second session, playing out five consecutive maidens before opening up. Williamson, on 19, had been dropped by Chris Gayle at slip off Benn in the first session and in the second, Latham survived a tough chance on 58 as a thick edge off Benn didn't stick in Ramdin's gloves.

Soon after the two batsmen had put up a century stand, though, Williamson blinked, top-edging an attempted pull off Gabriel to fine leg. That wicket buoyed Gabriel, who had been ordinary otherwise as he sent down a few probing overs. Then as Latham fell, two overs before tea, the bowlers found their mojo.

New Zealand's seamers responded with prodigious swing, one such out-swinging full delivery from Trent Boult taking Gayle's off stump late in the day, raising hopes of a counter from the visitors on day two.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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

    @ Shane Bond. Dead right. Cook wouldn't declare on Root, wanted a big cushion, & effectively lost. An incredibly well paid team with "the biggest backroom staff in cricket history" held to a draw by an often-unpaid team! Slow over rate (16 short,) player milestones dictating tactics, immense targets/not backing bowlers etc are not even conservative - just weak & fearful.

    Waiting for milestones can result in odd stats. It is well reported that Kallis INSISTED skippers "ignore his score" & declare at will. 189, 182, 148, 139, 136, 135, 89, *88, 85, 79, 75 are Kallis' "Close-to-Milestone" scores at declaration. 201, 157, 150, 107, *100 are his "Milestone" scores at declaration. "Milestone" scores - 3 wins & 2 draws. "Close-to-milestone" scores - 4 wins & 7 draws.

    They actually did better waiting for his milestones. Go figure!

    *100 was his 2nd ton of the match: SA won by 160. *88 COULD have been his 2nd ton of the match: SA won by 149. Should have waited!

  • on June 17, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Simple selector decision after test ..Edwards or bravo fail? Replaced by Johnson or even Pollard

  • on June 17, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    @BlakeHoulihan - classic smokescreen irrelevancies and miss the point what is more. I said Corey should play ahead of Rutherford and BMac should open (or Corey) instead of Rutherford for THIS test / THIS series with the 2 spinners et cetera. I did not write off Rutherford after one innings (though you might want to be careful about sticking by your argument and getting embarrassed twice if he fails again like you do in every retort you make after preceding commentary fail too)... rather I said "I told you so." And I did. Are you saying BMac opening (he got 4 runs at #5 and is not enjoying that position on this tour so far due to preferring pace on ball, hence Benn got him out) and Corey at 6, batting side by side with Neesham, is a worse idea than what we just went through in the first innings which I said would happen before it began after you - yes YOU - said Rutherford was better option???!? Yes, we have another innings to go! But so far ME < U. Karma for cheeky comment to me mate!

  • on June 17, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    thats good to see #windies bowlers back to their action. ....

  • Speng on June 17, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Test match starting on a Monday... seriously?!

  • on June 17, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    West-indies will have to bat for the next two days. Then win

  • on June 17, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    W.I needs few new batsmen to be a strong & consistent team.Boiling seems to be ok.

  • on June 17, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    NZ will clean out the WI for maybe 165, get a 250 run lead and bowl them out again for 180, all over in just over 3 days, that's my prediction!

  • shane-oh on June 17, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    @BlakeHoulihan - indeed, constant bickering between fans helps no-one. Solid debate is all good, that's why we are here, but first and foremost we should be supporting the team and willing whoever is chosen to succeed.

  • BlakeHoulihan on June 17, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    weasel_zapper - Hole in one. Spot on. Most of my comments are moderated but it doesn't matter when I see comments like these.

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

    @ Shane Bond. Dead right. Cook wouldn't declare on Root, wanted a big cushion, & effectively lost. An incredibly well paid team with "the biggest backroom staff in cricket history" held to a draw by an often-unpaid team! Slow over rate (16 short,) player milestones dictating tactics, immense targets/not backing bowlers etc are not even conservative - just weak & fearful.

    Waiting for milestones can result in odd stats. It is well reported that Kallis INSISTED skippers "ignore his score" & declare at will. 189, 182, 148, 139, 136, 135, 89, *88, 85, 79, 75 are Kallis' "Close-to-Milestone" scores at declaration. 201, 157, 150, 107, *100 are his "Milestone" scores at declaration. "Milestone" scores - 3 wins & 2 draws. "Close-to-milestone" scores - 4 wins & 7 draws.

    They actually did better waiting for his milestones. Go figure!

    *100 was his 2nd ton of the match: SA won by 160. *88 COULD have been his 2nd ton of the match: SA won by 149. Should have waited!

  • on June 17, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Simple selector decision after test ..Edwards or bravo fail? Replaced by Johnson or even Pollard

  • on June 17, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    @BlakeHoulihan - classic smokescreen irrelevancies and miss the point what is more. I said Corey should play ahead of Rutherford and BMac should open (or Corey) instead of Rutherford for THIS test / THIS series with the 2 spinners et cetera. I did not write off Rutherford after one innings (though you might want to be careful about sticking by your argument and getting embarrassed twice if he fails again like you do in every retort you make after preceding commentary fail too)... rather I said "I told you so." And I did. Are you saying BMac opening (he got 4 runs at #5 and is not enjoying that position on this tour so far due to preferring pace on ball, hence Benn got him out) and Corey at 6, batting side by side with Neesham, is a worse idea than what we just went through in the first innings which I said would happen before it began after you - yes YOU - said Rutherford was better option???!? Yes, we have another innings to go! But so far ME < U. Karma for cheeky comment to me mate!

  • on June 17, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    thats good to see #windies bowlers back to their action. ....

  • Speng on June 17, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Test match starting on a Monday... seriously?!

  • on June 17, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    West-indies will have to bat for the next two days. Then win

  • on June 17, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    W.I needs few new batsmen to be a strong & consistent team.Boiling seems to be ok.

  • on June 17, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    NZ will clean out the WI for maybe 165, get a 250 run lead and bowl them out again for 180, all over in just over 3 days, that's my prediction!

  • shane-oh on June 17, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    @BlakeHoulihan - indeed, constant bickering between fans helps no-one. Solid debate is all good, that's why we are here, but first and foremost we should be supporting the team and willing whoever is chosen to succeed.

  • BlakeHoulihan on June 17, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    weasel_zapper - Hole in one. Spot on. Most of my comments are moderated but it doesn't matter when I see comments like these.

  • on June 17, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    @Venkatesh Ross Taylor has centuries vs England in England, vs India in India, vs Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. You say he won't get into any team of top 6? Let us see. India will since they don't have anyone apart from Pujara, Kohli. They would like someone averaging 47. Sri Lanka will as they would want something other than Sanga, Mahela. Pakistan will (most unstable batting for someone in top 6). England will, because after departure of trott and KP they have weak middle order. Even South Africa after departure of Smith and Kallis will have him. You clearly don't know what you're saying. Go check some statsguru about Rosco. Kane is young and will go on to be better than Rosco (I hope) but certainly not now.

  • weasel_zapper on June 17, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Pretty disappointing after solid start, but WI are just as capable of a collapse as us so could be an interesting 1st session if Boult and Southee can get going.

    Agree with comments by Bishop, Jordanious, shane re the opening situation. Watling is just a plain ridiculous idea, not far behind that is Neesham or Anderson. What kind of message would that send to upcoming young openers on the domestic scene?

    Can see some merit in BMac or perhaps KW but we've been pretty successfull (before anyone jumps down my throat I mean by NZ standards) recently with these guys as the backbone of the side so I really don't see them moving. The continual shuffling through the batting order probably never really helped McCullum, and we seem to be going for a much more settled approach the last couple of years which I reckon can only help the team.

    Rutherford may not be the answer, but if he is replaced i'm sure it will be with a specialist opener

  • pt_pt on June 17, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Disappointing first day for NZ, middle order didn't do the job and fight it out. WI have a very good chance to go in front if they can get through the NZ opening bowlers. Still problems for NZ in the opening batting department.

  • venkatesh018 on June 17, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    @ Shane Bond & Shane-oh: McCullum and Ross Taylor are very acceptable Test batsmen by current NZ batting standards, but they will struggle to make the top six of any other major cricketing nation. Of this line up, Only Kane Williamson will. He is an absolute gem !

  • Jadejafan on June 17, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Hardly any crowd and lack of interest in this series. England-Sri Lanka match has far more interest and reaction compared to this.

  • BlakeHoulihan on June 17, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    @shane-oh - Well said. That's why I have been trying to tell him. I love the enthusiasm of kiwi cricket fans like NikkoChun and clearly he only wants the best for the team. But we must remember to exercise logic and reason. Let's all stick together as there aren't too many of us kiwi fans compared to the bigger countries!

  • on June 17, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    @Venkatest018 Ross Taylor-Average? Wow. What world are you in? Ross Taylor is the country's best test batsman since Martin Crowe. I don't even need saying anymore.

  • shane-oh on June 17, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    @venkatesh018 - very average despite their records? Well that's perfectly illogical, at least.

    Taylor will definitely be the best batsman NZ has ever produced, Baz will go down as one of our best captains, our best ever limited overs batsman, a solid test player, and the holder of a triple century and (at least) 2 further doubles.

    Average despite their records? What is a batsman without his record?

  • venkatesh018 on June 17, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    NZ batting depends too much on Kane Williamson to get a big team score. Gladly, there has been a quality addition in Tom Latham who looks the real deal as far as opening the batting is concerned. Taylor and McCullum are very average Test players(despite their records), technically inadequate to handle such relatively pace friendly surfaces(By the way what a relief, this surface was from the graveyards of last week ie Sabina Park and Lords). Windies too will struggle against the high quality pace duo of Southee and Boult, although I think the Kiwis have played one spinner too many. If the weather remains fine, an exciting Test is on the cards with a probable finish early on day four.

  • on June 17, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    @Greatest Game I would have liked to see Dija here too but too many off the field issues to impress NZC. It ain't a crime if you just had a drink or two with a mate in pub. I won't say more. Also Jesse as a test batsman is a middle order player not an opener. So that wouldn't have solved the problem of opening combination.

    Funnily enough the same sort of declaration thing happened in Eng vs SL match too. I think apart from Auckland (got to give credit to Bell, Monty and specially Prior for stonewalling) he has got it correct.

  • on June 17, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    @CricLover316 Not here to defend Mccullum but this man has a double in India. Made a century against WI in NZ (failure?), averaged around 70 vs England in 2013 and above all averages 45 since start of 2012. I didn't understand your point about Sodhi, what are you trying to say? I have followed cricket since 1992 but I haven't seen someone as criticised as Mccullum. If he makes runs, its flat, if he doesn't, not worthy of a place. He hasn't fulfilled the potential we heard about in 2001-02 but he hasn't been a mug either.

  • shane-oh on June 17, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    CricLover316 - a bit harsh to be suggesting dropping Baz. A year or two ago I would have agreed, in fact I've been calling for it for 3 or 4 since he stopped keeping (and scoring). But the fact is he earned a lot of capital last summer, and on top of that he has galvanised the team and been a part of some great performances - he has to get at least a bit of the credit for this. Also, did he really have that poor a home series against the Windies? I mean, he did score a century. I think the current structure of the team suits him well and he is something of a rock in the middle order, lack of runs in this series so far notwithstanding.

  • shane-oh on June 17, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    @Nikko Chunn - whilst I, an no doubt others, appreciate your enthusiasm, I can't help feeling that there is a little naivety in some of your views. This suggestion, for example, that opening is "just a number" - it isn't. Openers in all forms have a specific role and in a test a large part of that is to see the new ball off and take it's shine off to make like a bit easier for your more freely scoring, better batsmen. There is a reason a team's best batsmen have been coming in at 3 and 4 for over a hundred years. Shifting a middle order batsman to opening isn't a long term solution, and has the potential to undo the great start of someone like Neesham, Moving the whole order around to fix the opening problem isn't the answer - finding someone who can open is, and there isn't actually urgency there with the way the team is going.

  • Greatest_Game on June 17, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    @ Shane Bond. I'm not suggesting anything about McCullum, & particularly not dropping him. He's done well pulling the team together, tho he is leery of a declaration. (I was on my knees in from of my computer, begging for that just-too-late-declaration against the Poms!)

    2 meter Peter's return looked great, but then he headed downhill like he was bobsledding. Rutherford looked unbelievable on debut, but then sort of fizzled. As I wrote, "from the outside ..." I thought it clear I was commenting as someone with no great knowledge of Kiwi cricketers. But what I do know, and remember with great affection, is some of Ryder's batting, and it is difficult to see scores of 3, 1, 0 etc and not think that he would have done better. Of course, he may not have - he's not setting Essex alight right now is he? Scoring some runs, taking a few wickets, but nothing special.

    Put it this way. In that World T20 final over, I was happy that Steyn was NOT bowling to Ryder.

  • BlakeHoulihan on June 17, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    NikkoChun - you just said "wait and see how West Indies bat before writing NZ off" but you just wrote Rutherford off after one innings...umm...

  • BlakeHoulihan on June 17, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    NikkoChun - you never asked me who was the better opener out of Baz or Rutherford, you asked me who has the better technique, Anderson or Rutherford. So much nonsense rambling not even you can keep track of it. Maybe you should write Mike Hesson, McCullum and the selectors a letter telling them how wrong they are, and how you have the solution? lol.

  • Jordanious77 on June 17, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Tbh Bracewell and Raval are both technically better batsmen than Rutherford and Fulton. I'm not sure why they haven't been given a go but if Rutherford doesn't perform in the next few tests than they would be the next options BEFORE retrying McCullum or Watling.

    PS. Bracewell and Raval both average around 40 in FC.

    Also, I think NZ are in a solid position. 220 isn't bad on a pitch offering this much assistance. Especially considering the west indies scores in the previous test (which were on a flat track) Im backing NZ to get the job done. Especially now that i've seen Boult and Southee back up from the last tests performance with extremely good bowling.

    Looking forward to tomorrow :)

  • on June 17, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    New Zealand must improve its opening batting .Martin Guptill is a very good player.He should be in test side.

  • CricLover316 on June 17, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    @Shane Bond - McCullum struggles against spin,thats right. But did we see ANY spin that was offered by the pitches in the Ind-Nz Test Series ? We didn't. Can you imagine what India would have done to Ish Sodhi on those pitches ? McCullum had one good series over these years at the test level. Thats it. After his previous performances against WI in NZ,people were suggesting to drop him because of his poor form. Its obvious he is a sitting duck against pitch that offers any spin,forget turners or slow pitch. Someone like Corey Anderson would be a good option to try and groom for the future. Sorry to say I'm still not convinced on Baz's credentials as a Test Player,specially when it comes to playing on a pitch which offers even a hint of spin. I hope he overcomes it though,that remains to be seen.

    Agree with GreatestGame- Ryder or even Anderson cant do worse than McCullum. And Ryder's been wasted here. So much potential not being put to good use by NZ.

  • Bishop on June 17, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    NZ seemed a bit impatient today, which is a shame given how well they grafted in the first test. Southee and Boult will undoubtedly be a handful on this pitch, bit without a third seamer (no offense to Mr Neesham) I am a bit worried.

    To all those asking for Watling or BMac to open: they have both been tried as openers, and failed. KW is too important as a number 3 to risk against the new ball. Fulton had to go, and I'm not sure about Rutherford, but it is difficult to see an obvious replacement. Jesse would be good, but has too many off-field issues. While I like Guptill, he has had plenty of chances to cement his spot, and has failed to grab them. One thing I will say though is that it would be madness to disrupt our middle order (who are performing exceptionally well - apart from today) to solve the opening dilemma.

  • BlakeHoulihan on June 17, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    Phew! Glad NZ nipped out the big wicket before the close of play. Backing our boys to come good in the second innings.

  • on June 17, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    Where is BlakeHoulihan to tell us all - and me especially - that Rutherford was the right call over Corey and BMac opening (which was MY call and was before the first test too). Again, forget hindsight. We debated before this match and you mocked me (attempted to) by claiming an opener should do an opener's job. I asked you if BMac or Rutherford was the better opener? You have no reply to this as you know the answer. I have said it before and I will say it again, play BOTH Neesham and Anderson. What would WI prefer? Rutherford got 3 and BMac 4. Bmac should have opened and Corey played and we would be 250-300. Regardless, we have the team we have and from here we just need some more early wickets (it is not the same pitch as the first test and some of you should wait till West Indies have batted too before you write NZ off) and then to stay in the fight until they feel the pressure once again of having to save the series. Getting Gayle early was a good start to our fightback.

  • on June 17, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    @Greatest Game Whatever goes up must come down. Mccullum won New Zealand the tests vs India with brilliant batting display. Although not natural against spin, do you reckon he should be dropped? Hashim Amla didn't have a great series vs India and Australia, should he be dropped? Peter Fulton was in the side due to his age and experience. If you look at this team, apart from Mccullum all are below 30. And Peter Fulton had the knowledge of playing in caribbean and has opened with Tom Latham for Canterbury. As for Hamish Rutherford, he's still 23 and finding his feet in international cricket. Still he represents the future of New Zealand and I don't want to repeat that cycle of chopping and changing openers like we did in the last decade. Mike Papps, Jamie How, Matt Horne, B Mccullum, Matthew Sinclair, Lou Vincent to name a few.

  • on June 17, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    @Bharat reddy..bj watling is the keeper, no way can he open and keep in test cricket, this is test cricket not ipl

  • on June 17, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    BJ Watling must open and Corey Anderson should come at 7

  • Greatest_Game on June 17, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    Rutherford replaces Fulton and …… no real difference. 3 runs off 22 balls is no better or worse than 1 off 19, or 0 off 2! This Kiwi team has earned the respect of many neutrals who are eager to see the Black Caps shake things up a bit, hand out another hiding to their neighbors, hand out a few more hidings to their neighbors etc. From the outside it is really difficult to believe that Jesse Ryder would not score more than 3, or 1, or 0 - even if he had been in the pub all night!

    Come to think of it, it is hard to believe that Jesse would not have scored more than McCullum's contribution of 28 runs in 3 innings. A real pity to see NZ not papering over a couple of obvious cracks - especially with some of the classy wallpaper they have.

  • on June 17, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    Benn takes 3 wickets and have several catches dropped and people calling for his head. Gayle is the only person who stood up in the first innings of the last test and people calling for his head. Cotterel is a new version of Tino Best. Fast and good at a poor regional level. As for Pollard....What has he done recently? The man can't hit a ball if it bounces higher than his knee. Yesterday I even saw someone calling for the informed Devon Smith....What a joke? The man is like Stuart Williams...good for an attractive 10 runs at test level. How much more chances does he need? Thank God you all are not selectors.

  • on June 17, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    WI needs to fire Gibson and selection panel. Test team should include Bravo, pollard and narine. Gayle career is finished pick younger players and groom them for a couple of years under a new couch and west indies will be back on top soon

  • chechong0114 on June 17, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    Cricket continues to surprise me in so many ways. Tons of empty seats at almost all its major tournaments and it doesn't seem to bother anyone at all. Watching this game on the WATCHESPN APP here in the USA one has to wonder if anyone in Trinidad is even aware there is a test match being played in Trinidad. Even with all this financial failure, empty seats and debt the rulers of the game refuse to implement some minor changes to the sport to at least make it appear to be exciting. These 10 am starts on weekdays, and boring white uniforms. No wonder only 3 of the 9 test nations are making any kind of money. Test cricket needs serious change if it is to win back the hearts of the cricket loving fan. The sport needs young enterprising blood at highest level to make it a formidable competitor on the international sporting calendar. Day/Night test cricket must start now, colored uniforms, better and more exciting commentators for the TV viewers are a few things that must be implemented now.

  • on June 17, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    Gayle is still suffering with back problems. He should not be dropped but rested. I am not sure if he is asked to play or if he himself wants to play. But his semi fitness is not suitable for the team at this time. WICB should come clean in their selection process.

    Chanderpaul should be moved one up before Edwards. This will give Edwards confidence if he is that good.

    Also I asked that the board should tell the public the status on Sarwan and his future with West Indies cricket.

  • openbat04 on June 16, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    Gabriel deserves his chance in front of holder because he got more regional wickets than holder this year, gabriel got 22 from 7 games, holder only got 5 from 3 games, he is a great talent but he cant play in front of gabriel unless gabriel performs very badly in this test, cottrel is extemely green, he is not ready to play test cricket as yet, he only got 8 wickets from 4 games in the regional tourney, and benn has got about 36 wicket this season he deserves to be there, very happy for blackwood tho he earned it

  • More.blocks.than.a.leggo.box on June 16, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    Tighter bowling from West Indies this time around and like most teams already know - that's all you need to stay in the match against NZ batsmen.

    It is encouraging to see the NZ bowling attack produce an attacking spell of such quality... but with no runs on the board it only takes 2 batsmen to survive the new ball and cash in later. I wonder what the NZ spinners will do on this wicket.

  • mrhamilton on June 16, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    @rallywindies .Mr Hamilton says Windies need to dump Gibson and bring in a consortium of Clive Lloyd,Vic Richards,Ambrose,and Walsh to select coach and train. My team is Gayle,Sarwan,bravo jnr,chanderpaul,Edwards,bravo snr,ramdin,narine,Taylor,roach,Cottrell.

  • SapperP5799 on June 16, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    Speaking of myopic and insular, one only have to look the the number of inane comments. Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo is out of form. In the just concluded 4 day tournament Edwards scored two centuries and 60 plus in five innings, and did he not score a century in NZ, or does the "out of form" refer to the 1st test. Did anyone notice that Benn was the top Spinner in tournament.

  • on June 16, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    Gibson kept TAYLOR out of WI team from the start. ...we all knew what Taylor is capable of. Others perished like Sarwan, Nash and almost Shiv. Gibson do us a favor and leave

  • jb633 on June 16, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    Great to see Jerome Taylor back in international cricket. Always have rated him and if he had been a member of a team with a sensible board would probs have had 250 test wickets by now lol

  • Lermy on June 16, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Ross Taylor looks awful, shuffling across the crease, playing the completely wrong line to balls just outside off stump doing nothing. If he survives it will be a major miracle, minor one already that he's still there. There goes Watling to a straight one, crazy stuff, school boy cricket.

  • on June 16, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    WI doing a good job , considering they don't have a 5th bowling option ...something not seen in test cricket these days . Still a clear need for batting allrounder

  • on June 16, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    There were many who had lots to say about Roach during 1st test , now where are naysayers? How about throwing your support behind the team . Look at Southie, he is reaping the rewards of NZ patience

  • on June 16, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Gabriel won't even make a school first team! He is arguably the worst bowler I have ever come across . Don't know what WI selectors see in him!!!

  • Samarian on June 16, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    I am also of the view that the WICB is myopic and insular in their selection process. Unless that changes the West Indies team will not comprise the right talent and attitudes to win.

  • Rally_Windies on June 16, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Gabriel and Benn ?

    I give up ...

    Gibson does not want to win .....

    Though I might blame Rhamdin.. he might have chosen his countryman over Holder !

    Blackwood is not a bad pick .. I still think Pollard would have been an even better pick ..

  • VR89 on June 16, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    The selectors need to see that they are the cause for the amount of poor performances the WI put on. For example this series they have chosen alot of out out form players. Gabriel, Shillingford and Roach should be replaced by Holder, Cotterel and Narine. Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo are out of form and also should not be in the team at this point in time. There are players who are in form and have runs under their belt. If the WICB doesnt realize this we WI are always going to be on the losing end....its time to wake up WICB !!!

  • on June 16, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Atleast the WI selectors are making some sense with three pace attack however gabriel as had is chances and as yet to prove himself as a potent attacking bowler that can take wicket. I wonder why cotrell hasnt had a go get called up and yet to get any decent run. give the young man a chance, narine would make better sense than bent. Powell need to go back and work on his technique. game time is what gives an player confidence and WI have a 140+k bowler sitting in the shed...ridiculous. i am pretty sure its the coaching staff holding cotrell back someone in the setup dont want him to be expose has they are trying to push someone else. The bowling partnership of taylor and cotrell won region 4 day stop wasting talent and be more proactive in spotting and developing talent. what is the intention to win a test match or to develop a powerhouse team that can win series after series. WICB put our priorities in order bulld a team to be dominant for the future and stop the hyprocracy

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  • on June 16, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Atleast the WI selectors are making some sense with three pace attack however gabriel as had is chances and as yet to prove himself as a potent attacking bowler that can take wicket. I wonder why cotrell hasnt had a go get called up and yet to get any decent run. give the young man a chance, narine would make better sense than bent. Powell need to go back and work on his technique. game time is what gives an player confidence and WI have a 140+k bowler sitting in the shed...ridiculous. i am pretty sure its the coaching staff holding cotrell back someone in the setup dont want him to be expose has they are trying to push someone else. The bowling partnership of taylor and cotrell won region 4 day stop wasting talent and be more proactive in spotting and developing talent. what is the intention to win a test match or to develop a powerhouse team that can win series after series. WICB put our priorities in order bulld a team to be dominant for the future and stop the hyprocracy

  • VR89 on June 16, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    The selectors need to see that they are the cause for the amount of poor performances the WI put on. For example this series they have chosen alot of out out form players. Gabriel, Shillingford and Roach should be replaced by Holder, Cotterel and Narine. Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo are out of form and also should not be in the team at this point in time. There are players who are in form and have runs under their belt. If the WICB doesnt realize this we WI are always going to be on the losing end....its time to wake up WICB !!!

  • Rally_Windies on June 16, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Gabriel and Benn ?

    I give up ...

    Gibson does not want to win .....

    Though I might blame Rhamdin.. he might have chosen his countryman over Holder !

    Blackwood is not a bad pick .. I still think Pollard would have been an even better pick ..

  • Samarian on June 16, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    I am also of the view that the WICB is myopic and insular in their selection process. Unless that changes the West Indies team will not comprise the right talent and attitudes to win.

  • on June 16, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Gabriel won't even make a school first team! He is arguably the worst bowler I have ever come across . Don't know what WI selectors see in him!!!

  • on June 16, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    There were many who had lots to say about Roach during 1st test , now where are naysayers? How about throwing your support behind the team . Look at Southie, he is reaping the rewards of NZ patience

  • on June 16, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    WI doing a good job , considering they don't have a 5th bowling option ...something not seen in test cricket these days . Still a clear need for batting allrounder

  • Lermy on June 16, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Ross Taylor looks awful, shuffling across the crease, playing the completely wrong line to balls just outside off stump doing nothing. If he survives it will be a major miracle, minor one already that he's still there. There goes Watling to a straight one, crazy stuff, school boy cricket.

  • jb633 on June 16, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    Great to see Jerome Taylor back in international cricket. Always have rated him and if he had been a member of a team with a sensible board would probs have had 250 test wickets by now lol

  • on June 16, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    Gibson kept TAYLOR out of WI team from the start. ...we all knew what Taylor is capable of. Others perished like Sarwan, Nash and almost Shiv. Gibson do us a favor and leave