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

'Jerome Taylor was exceptional' - Latham

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'My dismissal wasn't ideal team-wise' - Latham

Tom Latham, New Zealand's opening batsman, said consistent lines from the West Indies' bowlers, led by Jerome Taylor, made batting difficult for the visitors on the opening day of the second Test in Port-of-Spain.

Latham scored his third successive half-century and added 104 runs for the second wicket with Kane Williamson, but once both batsmen were dismissed, New Zealand lost their last seven wickets for 62 runs in the final session. Taylor and Sulieman Benn were the best bowlers for West Indies, taking 4 for 34 and 3 for 73 respectively and three of Taylor's wickets came in the final session, as he dismissed Jimmy Neesham, BJ Watling and Ish Sodhi within four overs to hasten New Zealand's slide.

"Jerome Taylor was exceptional today, specially that spell after lunch," Latham said. "They certainly put the ball in the right areas for a good amount of time and made it a lot more difficult."

The pitch at the Queens Park Oval sported a green tinge, promising some support to the bowlers compared to the slow and low track in Kingston. Latham, who survived a testing opening spell from the West Indies pacers, said the pitch had uneven bounce but the swing - which accounted for Chris Gayle at the end of the day - would be crucial for New Zealand's bowlers, too.

"[It's] a funny sort of wicket, a little bit tennis-bally," he said. "The bounce is a little bit uneven. But the ball is still swinging so that's a positive sign for our bowlers leading in to tomorrow morning."

On his own innings of 82, Latham said he was disappointed to lose his wicket at a time that was "not ideal" for the team but expressed confidence about settling into a role at the top of the order. Latham, who made his Test debut against India earlier this year, has scores of 83, 73 and 82 in the series so far.

"It helps when you've got a few runs under your belt," he said. "You have to keep taking each innings at a time and you don't want to get too far ahead of yourself. Hopefully, in the second innings, if I do get an opportunity I can put the team in a good situation."

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  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    West Indies will continue to struggle if we continue to pick players who are average regional players. The West Indies regional competition is weak, if the players cannot dominate a weak competition, it is unreasonable to expect that they will be accomplished test players, especially if we keep destroying their confidence by putting them in a standard too high for them. Samuels and Darren Bravo have obvious talent and ability, however, application and attitude are their downfall. They should play, there aren't any players to replace them. Any team that has Chris Gayle as their top batsman is no team. Enough said there. We need some players with technical ability, coaches with technical know how, (Greenidge, Haynes, Logie & Ambrose) in an academy that runs right through the year. This high performance start and stop will not work. Pybus is on to something with the regional competition, my fingers are crossed. Good Luck West Indies, but sadly it will be years before we return to the top

  • Dummy on June 17, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    The Arrival of Gibson saw the Taylor vanished from WI. Am happy Ambrose had him recalled. Gibson also have Sarwan vanished from the WI while he was averaging over 45.00 in Test Gibson u brought agony to WI fans

  • Joseph on June 17, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    I am also glad to see Jerome Taylor back I the WI side. I also welcome back his support from his fellow fast bowler from Barbados. I would lake to have seen Holder who has major potential selected instead of an erratic Gabriel who like Darren Bravo represent molecular benefit rather than growth of West Indies Cricket. Marlon out is fine with me. Powell as an opener out is also fine.

    When will the selectors look at the young cricketers and give them a chance to further develop and bring us back to the glorious days of the past, with the fearsome fast bowlers we produced so regularly an batsmen of the caliber of Richards, Lara and a host of others, all rounder's like Sir Garfield.

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    so often people call for players based on past Glory. Since his debut (baring his injury) taylor has always been our best bowler (jermaine lawson was good too, but fell away after controversy with his action). Sarwan is just a pale reflection of what he once was and Rampaul is simply relying on head knowledge/talent since he is woefully unfit. Bishoo needs to work hard to come back strong. Miller and devon smith are in the same class. Always good regionally but has nothing special on the highest stage. Gayle should following samuels if he continues to play tentatively. He's has always been best playing positively, not blocking and poking. its good to see real talent (ambrose) in the coaching setup.

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    I can see Westindies winning in 3 days if we bat well

  • harvey on June 17, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    I can't believe Taylor has been in the wilderness for so long. When did Gibson become coach? I wonder if a recalled Sarwan can make a difference?

  • Hemant on June 17, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Hope Jerome brings back west indies fast bowling glory along with roach, holder, rampaul. Gabriel doesn't seem that exciting.Wonder why they don't give chance to rampaul in test side.

  • Blake on June 17, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    It's great to finally see Jerome Taylor back in the West Indies side.

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