WI v NZ, 2nd Test, Port-of-Spain, 1st day June 17, 2014

Our patience paid off - Jerome Taylor

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'I bowled straighter this time' - 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."

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  • Dummy on June 17, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    NZvsWI r expected 2 reach 213, let's c how they clear this barrier.

  • Patrick on June 17, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    @ Con Tringas Bravo is only second to Shiv in Test averages at 43 per innings. This says a lot about the man. Your calls for his head are very premature as who would replace him? The two newest to the team, not the debutants, Braithwaite and Powell average 22 and 28 respectively. Yes Bravo has had a lot of chances and he has done well. He will be around for quite a while.

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    well done windies ,the fielding especialy the catching wasnt up to test standard ,ithink they dropped about 3 chances they should have been out forabout150. now for the hard part the batting has been quite brittle at times ,this is the big test. congratulations to the selectors on making discisions the ommision of powel and samuels had to come they have had enough chances ,the windies cant wait any longer the next one to go will be darren bravo if he dosnt perform he also has had a lot of chances. he has alot of ability but that is not enough if you cant apply yourself.

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