Our patience paid off - Jerome Taylor
West Indies seamer Jerome Taylor attributed his team's resurgence on the first day of the Trinidad Test to a strategy of waiting it out on a grassy surface at the Queen's Park Oval.
Having lost the toss, West Indies were made to field and put on the back foot by a half-century from Tom Latham, who also added 104 runs for the second wicket with Kane Williamson to take the visitors to a strong 120 for 1. However, two quick wickets in the second session triggered a collapse, as New Zealand lost their last seven wickets for just 62 runs in the final session and were dismissed for 221.
"It [Queen's Park Oval] is the kind of pitch that you have to put in something to get something out of it. You have to put in that hard work," Taylor said. "After the first session, we went back out knowing that we had to give ourselves a chance to get into the game and just be a bit more patient.
"It just goes to show that whenever you're patient and you're disciplined it pays off. We spoke about how they got away from us in the first session and decided we had to make amends and cut down the run rate and look to get some wickets in between. I think we did a good job."
Taylor believed it was this patient approach that was missing from West Indies' game during their 186-run mauling in Jamaica.
"In the first game in Jamaica, we spoke about the need to be patient as well. The New Zealanders were patient and they pulled off a win and we needed to beat them at that," he said. "I think I bowled a bit straighter and a bit fuller than I did in Jamaica and that also helped me. I had the batsmen playing a bit mor, which is what you need to do as a fast bowler."
Taylor, who had not played a Test series since 2009, continued his impressive return to the international stage with a haul of 4 for 34. He removed Hamish Rutherford early in the day, before snaring three more scalps in the final session to wreck New Zealand's middle order. He credited his performances to the inputs provided by West Indies' bowling coach Curtly Ambrose.
"I have been having a lot of talks with Sir Curtly and he is someone that you can learn a lot from in terms of fast bowling," Taylor said. "He is passing on a lot of the knowledge and that is something that is vital for us.
"I must give some credit to him, he had done a lot for us in terms of mindset and approach to the game. He continues to stress that in Test cricket you need to be patient with the ball."