West Indies v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Bridgetown, 5th day June 30, 2014

Boult, Southee script series win

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New Zealand 293 (Neesham 78, Benn 5-93) and 331 for 7 dec (Williamson 161*, Roach 4-55) beat West Indies 317 (Brathwaite 68, Wagner 4-64) and 254 (Holder 52, Southee 3-28, Boult 3-49) by 53 runs
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Trent Boult and Tim Southee shepherded New Zealand to their first series win away from home against a top-eight nation in 12 years.

New Zealand's declaration with an overnight lead of 307 had lazily been dubbed brave. The fact that they were away from home would have been discussed. The criticism they would invite if West Indies overhauled the target and claim the series had the potential to frighten. But Brendon McCullum does not appear a captain who prefers the safe route. Moreover, in Boult and Southee, he had two exceptional new-ball bowlers, who would be operating against a depleted batting line-up. It wasn't a punt. McCullum was simply giving his bowlers the time they would need to dismiss the opposition, especially with showers predicted. Two of them did interrupt play, but in the end they contributed to a stunning finish as the Test went down to the final hour.

It took Jason Holder, a debutant at No. 7, to provide the hosts' strongest source of resistance. He sustained a painful blow to the thumb while tackling a short-ball barrage but shook it off. After some time at the crease, he even took them on and when the ball ventured closer to his half, he played some sweet drives to fuel the innings' only half-century. Shane Shillingford provided dogged support as the eighth wicket contributed 77 runs. He weaved under bouncers, took body blows when the fifth-day pitch misbehaved and hit out with impressive power but their efforts could not resurrect a poor top-order performance.

Boult's skill in swinging the ball both ways left the batsmen noticeably unsure. Kraigg Brathwaite shouldered arms to a rousing indipper that slid off his pad to cannon into off stump. Kirk Edwards followed the same method but had managed to protect his stumps with his pads. Boult flew into an appeal and the umpire obliged, but DRS surprisingly indicated that the ball would have bounced over off stump. Edwards survived but he was clearly shaken. Another lovely delivery - this one eased across the right-hander - took the outside edge and found Ross Taylor at second slip.

A sedate Chris Gayle was hoping to occupy the crease until New Zealand's momentum eased off. However, Southee enticed him with a fuller delivery and a booming drive ended up deflecting the ball back onto his stumps. West Indies had crumbled to 31 for 3 and were eyeing another collapse in the face. Shivnarine Chanderpaul abated those concerns for a brief period but traipsed down the track against offspinner Mark Craig to be stumped for the first time in 266 innings to leave his side reeling again.

Southee pierced through the middle order with an intelligent exhibition of seam bowling. He had a battle of patience with Darren Bravo, who had seemed intent on making up for a loose shot in the first innings. He was tight around his off stump and held his drives in check for 97 balls. Then came the teaser outside off and Bravo just couldn't help himself - he perished at gully for the second time in the match. Denesh Ramdin succumbed soon after and a lengthy tail was exposed.

Craig did his bit to assist the seamers and with ample assistance from a worn pitch, he was able to generate good flight and dip to ensure the batsmen were being strangled from both ends. His heroics with the bat have overshadowed his primary responsibility but today he was key in quelling the lower order's defiance. New Zealand have looked an impressive outfit over their home summer but success on the road would rank all the more sweeter - it was only their fifth away Test win in five years.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • simonviller on July 3, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    To win a test match with four bowlers all of whom were returning after being out for long periods and seven batsmen ,some of whom were also returning ,or playing for the first time , could be considered fortunate rather than being a measure of a better team ,as compared to that of the final test . How long could WI go with such a setup where one bowler has to bowl so many overs ? WI need more multi-talented players amongst other disciplines ,in order to move forward with other teams . To those WI fans ,please don't select or deselect a player based on anything other than the player's record .

  • on July 3, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    If you agree with the WICB , then you should not be surprised with the results and the results to come. If however, you want a change in our fortunes, then there must be some changes in the management of the team. It is I guess too much to expect for our beloved coach to do the honorable thing and step aside given the abysmal performance for the past years.

  • Antony_Lucas on July 2, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Black caps, 3 series, 3 times victors. If they can somehow pull off a 4th in the UAE, comparisons with the Hadlee Era will become apparent

  • everfaithful77 on July 2, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    VERY SIMPLE WICB. Get rid of the folks that keep making non-sensical decisions re TEAM SELECTION & STRATEGY. How do you explain Windies were badly beaten in first test with 2 seamers in Roach & Taylor and 2 spinners in Benn & Shillingford. Changes were made to the team in 2nd test by playing a 3rd seamer in Gabriel in place of Shillingford and including 2 new batsmen in Brathwaite & Blackwood to replace under-performing batters Powell & Samuels. Guess what ?? The CHANGES WORKED and Windies won by ten wkts. Both batsmen performed magnificently and although Gabriel didn't take many wkts his pace and hostility was uncomfortable for the Kiwi batsmen. Also don't forget it was Gabriel who ended stubborn Kiwi resistance in their 2nd inning when many shoulders were sagging around him. So his efforts should not be discounted. So batters and bowlers did their jobs to land us an excellent win in 2nd test. Come 3rd test & wisdom: "NEVER CHANGE A WINNING TEAM" was tossed out. The rest is HISTORY.

  • TropicPleasure on July 2, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    To those of you who say Blackwood should have played instead of Shillingford, explain how this would have helped the Windies. Would we have won? Drawn the match? Please explain. While Shillingford was picked as a bowler and he didn't take a wicket, he has been the Windies most successful bowler over the past two years. So it made sense to play him. So he didn't perform with the ball in this match. Neither did Taylor. Maybe Blackwood should have played instead of Taylor. Now, Shillingford was left not out in both innings, had Blackwood played and done the same, how would that have changed the match outcome? In the second innings, Shillingford batter longer than anyone other West Indian with the exception of Bravo, faced more balls than anyone else. Had Blackwood played and done the same, how would it have changed the match outcome? By the way, check the series averages and you'll see who had the top batting average for the Windies

  • TropicPleasure on July 2, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    "It took Jason Holder, a debutant at No. 7, to provide the hosts' strongest source of resistance." Are you joking? Holder batted well. Better than most. But it took Shillingford to provide the greatest resistance. An analysis of the stats will show that Shillingford batter longer than everyone bar Bravo, faced more balls than anyone. And he batted at number 9 as opposed to Holder at 7. Holder must be complemented for fighting. The evidence shows Shillingford fought harder. And, in the end, Shillingford was the one left not out. For the second time in the match. No wonder he had the highest average among all Windies batters.

  • gottalovetheraindance on July 1, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    there are a few reasons for west indies losing this test series. on the field the windies batsmen failed to carry on when they got starts & the fielding was very shabby @ times. quite a few catches were dropped & byes were gifted. but i believe almost as important a factor as those i mentioned before was the fact that Gibson, The Selectors & Windies management did not want to win they only put up a front. yes thankfully they finally decided to get rid of Sammy who was most often than not dead-weight , but to leave sunil narine out of the entire series was nothing short of criminal. his record against the kiwis speaks for itself & if they felt compelled to teach him a lesson they could easily have decided to postpone his suspension until the series vs Bangladesh later this year. we do not need Narines doosra to beat Bangladesh but it is obvious the kiwis fear facing this deliver & having a bowlijng option capable of bowling it legally could have been beneficial, maybe definitive.

  • Leg-Breaker on July 1, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Ideal test for Shiv to win and stamp his mark. Unfortunately, did not take it - he is one of my heroes and I am a little disappointed he didn't grab this chance with both hands.

  • reluctant_fan on July 1, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    All this praise of Mccullum's captaincy and in general hype about this "away" series win seems a little overboard to me. Come on, they won against WI. Do we remember when was the last time WI has played competitive Test cricket? This was a performance against a mediocre team by a slightly better than a mediocre team. And that's abut it. Can we leave it at that and move on?

  • on July 1, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Kane Williamson - A legend in the making! The picture perfect replica of the great Nathan Astle. Take a bow bro, you are absolutely awesome.

    If you are a captain, you must trust your boys. Baz has done that - Full credit goes to you sir, you are such a great leader. Hearty congratz from Sri Lanka :)

  • simonviller on July 3, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    To win a test match with four bowlers all of whom were returning after being out for long periods and seven batsmen ,some of whom were also returning ,or playing for the first time , could be considered fortunate rather than being a measure of a better team ,as compared to that of the final test . How long could WI go with such a setup where one bowler has to bowl so many overs ? WI need more multi-talented players amongst other disciplines ,in order to move forward with other teams . To those WI fans ,please don't select or deselect a player based on anything other than the player's record .

  • on July 3, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    If you agree with the WICB , then you should not be surprised with the results and the results to come. If however, you want a change in our fortunes, then there must be some changes in the management of the team. It is I guess too much to expect for our beloved coach to do the honorable thing and step aside given the abysmal performance for the past years.

  • Antony_Lucas on July 2, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Black caps, 3 series, 3 times victors. If they can somehow pull off a 4th in the UAE, comparisons with the Hadlee Era will become apparent

  • everfaithful77 on July 2, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    VERY SIMPLE WICB. Get rid of the folks that keep making non-sensical decisions re TEAM SELECTION & STRATEGY. How do you explain Windies were badly beaten in first test with 2 seamers in Roach & Taylor and 2 spinners in Benn & Shillingford. Changes were made to the team in 2nd test by playing a 3rd seamer in Gabriel in place of Shillingford and including 2 new batsmen in Brathwaite & Blackwood to replace under-performing batters Powell & Samuels. Guess what ?? The CHANGES WORKED and Windies won by ten wkts. Both batsmen performed magnificently and although Gabriel didn't take many wkts his pace and hostility was uncomfortable for the Kiwi batsmen. Also don't forget it was Gabriel who ended stubborn Kiwi resistance in their 2nd inning when many shoulders were sagging around him. So his efforts should not be discounted. So batters and bowlers did their jobs to land us an excellent win in 2nd test. Come 3rd test & wisdom: "NEVER CHANGE A WINNING TEAM" was tossed out. The rest is HISTORY.

  • TropicPleasure on July 2, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    To those of you who say Blackwood should have played instead of Shillingford, explain how this would have helped the Windies. Would we have won? Drawn the match? Please explain. While Shillingford was picked as a bowler and he didn't take a wicket, he has been the Windies most successful bowler over the past two years. So it made sense to play him. So he didn't perform with the ball in this match. Neither did Taylor. Maybe Blackwood should have played instead of Taylor. Now, Shillingford was left not out in both innings, had Blackwood played and done the same, how would that have changed the match outcome? In the second innings, Shillingford batter longer than anyone other West Indian with the exception of Bravo, faced more balls than anyone else. Had Blackwood played and done the same, how would it have changed the match outcome? By the way, check the series averages and you'll see who had the top batting average for the Windies

  • TropicPleasure on July 2, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    "It took Jason Holder, a debutant at No. 7, to provide the hosts' strongest source of resistance." Are you joking? Holder batted well. Better than most. But it took Shillingford to provide the greatest resistance. An analysis of the stats will show that Shillingford batter longer than everyone bar Bravo, faced more balls than anyone. And he batted at number 9 as opposed to Holder at 7. Holder must be complemented for fighting. The evidence shows Shillingford fought harder. And, in the end, Shillingford was the one left not out. For the second time in the match. No wonder he had the highest average among all Windies batters.

  • gottalovetheraindance on July 1, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    there are a few reasons for west indies losing this test series. on the field the windies batsmen failed to carry on when they got starts & the fielding was very shabby @ times. quite a few catches were dropped & byes were gifted. but i believe almost as important a factor as those i mentioned before was the fact that Gibson, The Selectors & Windies management did not want to win they only put up a front. yes thankfully they finally decided to get rid of Sammy who was most often than not dead-weight , but to leave sunil narine out of the entire series was nothing short of criminal. his record against the kiwis speaks for itself & if they felt compelled to teach him a lesson they could easily have decided to postpone his suspension until the series vs Bangladesh later this year. we do not need Narines doosra to beat Bangladesh but it is obvious the kiwis fear facing this deliver & having a bowlijng option capable of bowling it legally could have been beneficial, maybe definitive.

  • Leg-Breaker on July 1, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Ideal test for Shiv to win and stamp his mark. Unfortunately, did not take it - he is one of my heroes and I am a little disappointed he didn't grab this chance with both hands.

  • reluctant_fan on July 1, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    All this praise of Mccullum's captaincy and in general hype about this "away" series win seems a little overboard to me. Come on, they won against WI. Do we remember when was the last time WI has played competitive Test cricket? This was a performance against a mediocre team by a slightly better than a mediocre team. And that's abut it. Can we leave it at that and move on?

  • on July 1, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Kane Williamson - A legend in the making! The picture perfect replica of the great Nathan Astle. Take a bow bro, you are absolutely awesome.

    If you are a captain, you must trust your boys. Baz has done that - Full credit goes to you sir, you are such a great leader. Hearty congratz from Sri Lanka :)

  • VivGilchrist on July 1, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Don't WI fans get it. With 5 bowlers you couldn't take 20 wickets, how would you have gone with 4? You were relying on a decleration from NZ to have a total to chase in the first place. Well done to NZ. It's nice to see that there is another team in world cricket with an attacking mindset. Go the Australasians!

  • satanswish on July 1, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Removing Darren Sammy as a captain was a big mistake.

  • BlakeHoulihan on July 1, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    This series win is dedicated to the kiwis who were down from day one.

    Most of our team has 10 years left in them. This era is going to be ours.

    Only Ajmal stands in the way of us beating Pakistan in the UAE this year.

    Proud to be the smallest nation in cricket and still WINNING.

  • tutorial on July 1, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Dropping Blackwood for Shillingford was a big mistake as was proven. Edwards making an odd fifty here and there isn't going to cut it either, Johnson should've gotten a chance, nothing to lose there. Ramdin dropped a couple of catches but Shillingford did not create much more opportunities and I feel at that point the match was lost, batsmen were putting him away with ease.

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on July 1, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Full credit to the Kiwis - the better side over the course of the series (just). Looking forward, coach Gibson and the selectors need to get onto the right wavelength - we all know that five batsmen was a mistake. Roach, Taylor, Holder and Benn looks a decent attack. Young Blackwood was unfortunate to miss out after a promising debut, but he'll return soon enough. The slip catching in particular needs improvement - Ramdin was sloppy behind the stumps at times too. Pitches and management are the worst problems in the Caribbean, sooner life is brought back into both, sooner the regional team will start to move up the rankings again. Beaton and Jordan will come in during the next few years - so it makes sense to prepare livelier surfaces for them, Roach, Taylor, Holder etc to exploit. The smell of leather should never be far from a touring batsman's nose once he sets foot on Caribbean shores...

  • creekeetman on July 1, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    its funny how the wi fans "know" that blackwood would have won this test for wi had he played... wi fans just don't get it, your team had 5 bowlers because they are incapable of taking 20 wkts in a match consistently. what happened in pos is not common especially against quality teams. wi only have one bowler of true test class, other than roach the others are average at best. the selectors hoped that 5 bowlers would be able to get those 20 wkts in this test. however whether you have 5 average bowlers or 10 you still cant bowl a good team out twice on a decent track, proven in this test as wi failed to dismiss the kiwis twice. until you have more quality in your attack, expect these outcomes.. doesn't make a difference who the coach or captain is.

  • ismalebbe on July 1, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Well done NZ boys. geat batting by NZ, Great bolling by NZ and geat fealding by IZ. Great team NZ.

  • on July 1, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    This just a continuation of some hard work behind the scenes and great work on the field. We believe.

  • lyl67 on July 1, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Not much to say, previous comments say it all, no chance after the selectors picked an unbalance team. Management changes required but I suppose it's not what you know....... it's who you know.

  • Patchmaster on July 1, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    As an ex-pat living in New Zealand, my new team are a lot better than my old one, much more fun to watch, have an aggressive captain, a great number 3, a fantastic bowling unit that includes quicks and spinners, and they are great fielders. Brilliant !

  • shane-oh on July 1, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    @sm007h - why are so many people using this page to attack Cook? Don't get me wrong, hardly the crime of the century, but I think it is odd given it's not really relevant to this game and series. That's without even starting on the fact that the attacks on Cook's captaincy are generally well over the top and often factually incorrect - it's almost as though people have been listening to the rubbish spouted by washed up has-beens and repeating it without casting a critical eye over it.

  • Balladeer on July 1, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    As a Brit, well done NZ. I've rather "adopted" NZ as a second team, impressed by their new-ball attack and middle order potential, and it's great to see them take the series. With half of their opening problem seemingly patched up, and their spin department on the rise, hopefully this is the start of a sublime run for NZ. Would love to see a few more NZ-England tests, but as Jamie Moneghan says, it's all about the money...

    From a WI perspective, there are encouraging signs too. Shillingford isn't one of them, but replace him for Blackwood or the other Bravo and you've got a good-looking team. And that attack doesn't look bad either. For the sake of world test cricket, hopefully they can take the positives from this defeat and continue to improve.

  • sm007h on July 1, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    This game highlights Cook's deficiency in tactical nous. If he was in McCullum's shoes, I do not think he would have declared overnight. Great work to the NZ - the game needs more aggressive captains!

  • Greatest_Game on July 1, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    @ Jamie Moneghan. NZ well deserved their win. I have no idea why you would be rubbishing them for playing good cricket. Try to keep your perspective straight.

    Coming on here and rubbishing everyone & picking fights tells us that you are not here for the cricket. Everyone else is talking about the game and series, and only you are trotting out that jaded, dull, weary nationalism. The angry Australian routine is so boring the entire cricket world is sick to death of it. Find a new identity, and in the mean time give credit where credit is due. Right now, it is due to NZ. The played hard, competed well, took their chances and closed out the match in fine fashion. If you can't appreciate that, stick to the footy. I'm sure you can find someone to fight with on some footy forum.

    One these forums, we talk cricket. If you can't do that, it is better that you don't comment at all.

  • on July 1, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    @Shane Bond. Don't take anything to heart as I'm just winding you up lol. Australia would love nothing more than to get the Aus v NZ rivalry back , as I remember Hadlee and Co in the early to mid 80's and it was on a par with the Ashes then. Sure the Aussie cricket team too would love a crack at NZ with another competitive series against a team other than SA, but let's face it it's all about money these days and can't see to many series between these two teams in the near future as it's a real shame. I'm personally sick of the Ashes and when I was kid I would of never thought that was possible , but seriously by the end of 2015 we would of played 15 tests against England in 18 months! I can't see why Aus v NZ can't work the same way the Rugby does with some home and away tests , even if it's just two tests each time and build from there. But like I said cause of the money Australia will continue to tour India which is utterly pointless and play Ashes over and over. Australia always have cracking test series against SA home and away but even they are fairly rare. Anyway well done Kiwi's and keep it up!

  • fairfan70 on July 1, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    NZ on current form and team strength belong to Top 4 in the test rankings. If they maintain consistency they will go up the rankings ladder. Their team is really looking good now.

  • cricketlover111 on July 1, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Future tours programme (if correct) has NZ playing Australia away and then home in 2 x 3 test series in late 2015 and early 2016. Series against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and England first so if NZ can continue our momentum against these teams, the trans-tasman series should be good. Would be good to get our ranking in at least the top 4-5 before taking on Australia. SA and Australia still miles ahead of the rest in 1 and 2 test ranking. In the meantime, we should be very proud of our current team and what they are achieving.

  • StevieS on July 1, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Jamie Moneghan I know you are Australian but can you read? It's the first SERIES win against a TOP 8 side, so that doesn't include Bangladesh or the test we won against Australia in Australia or Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka the last time we played these teams. Considering Sydney has more cricket players than New Zealand I think we do alright.

  • venkatesh018 on July 1, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    This series has been a wonderful vindication of Test cricket. The Kiwis and their captain, McCullum deserve all the credit for this. Coming in the times of dull and defensive captains like Cook, Sammy & Dhoni, it was such a wonderfully refreshing declaration to set up the final day. And the way the Kiwi opening bowlers-Boult and Southee-responded to it was a delight to watch. That was the best Boulty bowled in this series. And Southee keeps proving time and again that he is the undisputed leader of this young and talented attack, by beautifully setting up Gayle and Bravo before nicking them off. Though not entirely convinced of Mark Craig's off spin yet, he along with Jimmy Neesham and Corey Anderson are arguably the most talented utility cricketers NZ has produced lately. Neesham has the potential to bat much higher up. For a Kiwi fan, the future can't look much brighter.

  • on July 1, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan Lol, Swann had a delayed Elbow surgery and was half a bowler besides it was his first failure in umpteenth time vs Australia (something to be proud off lol) and English toured us in 2013 feb when they were in fairly good condition. Mitch didn't do anything but I think you should have some respect for a man who demolished your ego back to Australia plenty of times (lol) and he had stress related issues (which Davy Warner said "Fear", Wow). How about australia going to Bangladesh one time mate? We never lost a test. What record are you boasting about vs South Africa? Agreed 2000-2008 no team matches Australia but it has been saffas ever since then. You're all sour grapes (Kallis was at his best vs Australia). Let us hope Australia have guts to tour NZ or invite us over there.

  • shane-oh on July 1, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan - that's good, irrational hate.

    NZ beat Australia the last time we played a test against you. I'm guessing you've erased that from the history books or somehow convinced yourself it doesn't mean anything.

    We could go through and find reasons to ignore the achievements of all teams if we were determined enough. Regardless of what you say, when the Axis of Evil was in the middle of it's dirty work, NZ were pounding India into oblivion, at the same time as the world was being told these three teams were a class above the rest.

    Just prior to NZ being beaten in South Africa, Australia were skittled for 47 there. Remember that?

    We all know the reason the Axis won't play teams like NZ more - because they are afraid of losing and therefore having their arguments of superiority destroyed.

    NZ - probably the form test team in the world right now. Great series win lads, and a great 8 months or so.

  • SameOld on July 1, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan - The NZ team that last toured SA was decimated by injury and internal strife, and filled with third and fourth-choice players. No Taylor or Southee, just for a start. SA, on the other hand, were probably the best side in the world at that time, with every player fit and in top form. Philander and Steyn were on a ridiculous, sublime, once-in-a-lifetime roll and Morkel was breathing fire.

    Everyone knows SA fans are outlandishly parochial, but how can you compare that NZ team to this one, or think a series between the two sides would go the same way now?

  • on July 1, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    @Shane Bond. Australia made Swann retire by smashing his ego back to England , and Trott , well Mitch took care of him but what what about NZ who couldn't beat this so called Demoralised England? Look at Australia's record against SA in SA and you will see even with Kallis they have never beaten Australia. 12 years for your first away win ouch! And didn't you play Bangladesh away during that time too ha ha.

  • SwamyCricketAnanda on July 1, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    To declare with just over 300, and a full day's play remaining - takes lot of courage and leadership. Especially given that Gayle is there in the opposition. A truly remarkable achievement by the Kiwis who deserve richly their hard-fought series win.

  • on July 1, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan Last time your honourable board (pun intended) arranged a series, we drew the series. South African test were after an upheavel and Taylor-Gate incident. So we were without our best batsman, best bowler (Southee injured), best spinner (Daniel Vettori) and plenty of players were still new to cricket. Now about Australia-NZ test matches, let us see what happens when we play. Defeating demoralised England who have lost Trott and Swann and then defeating a team in transitional phase after retirements of Jack Kallis and out of form Smith isn't that big an acheivement as you said "like defeating Zimbabwe away from home".

  • on July 1, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    @Sexysteven. Actually I'm pretty sure Cook would of found a way to lose this Test match.

  • on July 1, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Paddles the reason the big 3 have no real interest in playing NZ well look no further to when NZ toured SA recently as you were humiliated in the Test series so they don't really want more than 2 tests against you , hardly much to claim about either beating India away as everyone does that , and playing WI home and away is like beating Zimbabwe. Just imagine what SA and Australia would do to WI if they got to play them home and away within a couple of months? Come back when you can win a series in SA or Australia.

  • Herath-UK on July 1, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Congrats to NZ.Goes along with Sri Lanka's triumph over England though there were no such dramatic scences.This will make coming Sri Lanka's tour more challenging & interesting ( though at the time focus will be on the WC than the Test).Looking forward to a thrilling series.

  • anver777 on July 1, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    All credit to positive KIWI captain BMac for taking a chance & declaring @ overnight score...... he really went for a kill & it was a bold decision taken by him, depriving a double century to KW, for the sake of the team's series victory....... yet again an interesting & thrilling final day's play was witnessed in a test match !!! "TEST CRICKET" is second to none !!!!!

  • WIFL on July 1, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Congrats to the Blackcaps on a well deserved Series victory. WI have a lot to reflect on and see how they can benefit from lessons learned from the series. I believe WI should replace Gibson and the selectors. There decision to play Shillingford and leave out Blackwood and Gabriel were a BIG blunder. While I commend the efforts of Holder, the end did not justify the means. I will still maintain that we should have played the same team from the 2nd Test. Our batting is weak and we needed also the fastest bowler in the team Gabriel to play, with the expectations that Barbados would be a faster pitch than T&T. I also thought that if they wanted another spinner to partner the tiring Benn, I would have gone for Narine instead of Shillingford, because Gibson admitted himself that Shillingford needed to develop another delivery to replace the doosra, so he knew he would be ineffective. We continue make the same mistakes series after series no one is held accountable.

  • SameOld on July 1, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Great effort today from the bowlers, and solid fielding too. That's how you wrap up a Test match! Smart declaration from Baz, and his team backed him up. Great stuff.

    Baz definitely out-captained Ramdin in this series. He really has been a revelation, tactically. Leaving Wagner out of the 2nd Test was his only blunder, and even that was understandable as it looked like a two-spinner pitch. How good must Southee be feeling? One innings aside, he dominated Gayle all series. To have the wood over a world-beater like that must feel pretty special.

    Forget the openers, forget selections for the next series completely, and just enjoy another great win!

  • paddles952 on July 1, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    what a great series too... 2 comprehwnsivw victories to both teams then a cracking game with only 54 runs in it finishing in final hour.... Maybe NZ will get a few more 3 match series now!! @pnagnoor... ".... on the rise... beat the top teams"??? NZ just beat india... They drew 0 -0 against eng at home, on top in first and last tests... beat australia in Hobart the last time we were invited. NZ have shown they are a force, shame that the big 3 only wanna play 4 or 5 test series amongst themselves.

  • PrasPunter on July 1, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Nice work from the rivals across Tasman sea !! Well done Black-Caps. I am keen to renew the trans-tansman rivalry !! It's bad that we have not played tests for almost 3 years !! Can't wait !! This is a nice , tough and competitive group !! Bodes well for the future of test cricket !! I wish Aus, NZ and SA play a triangular test-series !! That will be a real-cracker of a contest !!

  • on July 1, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    If Neesham/Anderson replace Rutherford at the top then we could see the youngest top order in the world with latham williamson and anderson/neesham all under 25 .Add Boult Southee who are also around 25 and Henry Sodhi as part of the future lineup this is one of the youngest test teams ever .Surely No 1 test team of the future .The amount of technically and temperamentally sound batsmen in this team is a great sign with Williamson Watling Neesham and Latham all making that list . Its great for NZ cricket.

  • MiddleStump on July 1, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    Tough luck WI. Had this been India bowling, it would have been an easy draw.

  • entryholedia on July 1, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    I agree 200% with Edward Wayne John s comments . Only one more Batsman and none better than the extravagant Blackwood would have seen west Indies through !! The selection of Shillingford & therefore 5 bowlers was probably made with the thinking that the two spinners would wreck the Kiwis . But consistency was lacking miserably with the Offspinner & also Benn and add to that a inconsistent batting line up

  • Sexysteven on July 1, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    I hope Cook was watching mccullums captaincy I'm sure it would of been a draw if he was captain he would of batted on to long to mccullums credit he took the positive option and look what happen because the carrot was dangled to the windies they had total that was gettable and therefore there batsman including the normally aggressive gayle where in to minds weather they should go for it or just play for draw and actually they did neither and therefore that played into our hands that's what aggressive and positive captaincy does to the opposition take note Alastair Cook u have just been given afree lesson on how to captain properly hope u take advantage of that congrats to our nz team making good progress at last

  • Bob100 on July 1, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    great to see new zealand on a winning streak,,,,,,,, they have really improved as a test side in the last 12 months or so,,,, good to see the young talents taking their responsibilities on their shoulders,,,,, just keep this momentum going, good luck kiwis,,,,,,,

  • disco_bob on July 1, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    A brave declaration to win the series, are you watching closely Alistair.

  • on July 1, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    Holder good pick up.Showing glimpse of a batsman.Good find for WI at no.8 slot.Only one change they need to do,Shane shillng out Blackwood in.

  • Peterincanada on July 1, 2014, 2:17 GMT

    Surprised at the lack of posts here. This was an exciting match. I agree that Blackwood should have been picked. Invariably five bowlers is one too many. Gayle could have provided a few overs of spin and Holder was seriously underbowled. NZ selectors much smarter than WI counterparts. WI, much improved over the series in NZ and hopefully better times ahead.

  • JoshFromJamRock on July 1, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    As a WI fan I must commend BMac and his team for getting a result out of this rain-affected match. His captaincy from a tactical perspective is very very good.

    Good effort West Indies but the selectors made an error is selecting Shillingford for this match.

    Holder was brilliant and will cement his place at the 3rd seamer and a very useful #8 batsman.

    Blackwood will get back his spot at #6 and he'll eventually be the #5 once Shiv is gone.

    The seam-bowling batting-allrounder (one of Bravo, Smith, Brathwaite, Russell or Barnwell) can then be placed at #6.

    This WI team will go places once the selectors maintain a balanced XI and are strict with the players as indiscipline is a major reason why the batting fails so often.

  • saifkhanBD on July 1, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Kudos to NZ. Since their win over India, they look really confident and more assured of themselves in international Cricket. Particularly Kane W, who will no doubt end up being one of the greatest batsman ever produced in NZ. With regards to WI, it's sad to see them get defeated at HOME, in their own backyard. Are the players interested in test Cricket? Anyway, good to see Roach and Taylor back.

  • Pnagnoor on July 1, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    Kudos to NZ for being able to triumph in tough conditions, and great captaincy by Brendan Mccullum. This Kiwi side looks like it is on the rise, if they can keep this up, they will be a real threat to the top teams.

  • Barquerme on July 1, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    Congratulations to the Blackcaps! Some will say it isn't the strongest WI team, but you can only play against what is put up against you. Go the Blackcaps. It is very encouraging to see them winning with the younger players playing such a dominant role. It seems we no longer require Ross T and B Mac to play huge roles before we have a hope of winning a game let alone a series, that's not something we are used to. If we can just find an opening combo most of the bases are now covered, with cover in most areas.

  • iceaxe on July 1, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    Awesome NZ! Hopefully the next test series win will not take another 12 years...

  • Happy_hamster on July 1, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    abhijeetkumar928 on (June 30, 2014, 16:37 GMT) First things first it is lose and not loose, loose means baggy and secondly what is with the "very shameful" comment? WI narrowly lost a tightly contested series. I remember when England drew in NZ against "minnows" (quote from numerous Indian fans), and were derided, NZ are developing into a very useful outfit.

  • aclarity on July 1, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    Hey Gibson and the WI selectors. Five bowlers did not work. Try six bowlers next time.

  • cheguramana on June 30, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    Wow ! Congrats NZ , winning a series away from home is an achievement!

  • Rally_Windies on June 30, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    wow..

    If WI managed to save or win this Test ...

    Next game the selectors will give Rhamdin 4 batsmen and 6 Bowlers .....

    The selectors need to step up and take their lix ...

    a series lost, manufactured by poor selection (and not for the 1st time) ..

    WI lost by 52 runs ! what a difference 1 batsman would have made !

  • creekeetman on June 30, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    well done nz, and well done brendon for a positive declaration... fortune favors the brave.

  • pt_pt on June 30, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    Great to see NZ come back as they did after struggling in the second test, thanks to Williamson, very well deserved man of the match and man of series. Congrats NZ on on the test series win and well played. We look forward to continue success in the T20's.

  • Ilovenz on June 30, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    Just really happy well done Blackcaps

  • Rav_2k on June 30, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    WI coach should call it a day...why change a winning team...NZ won this test without a ball been bowled...6 batsmen, keeper and 4 bowlers... Ramdin rotated his bowlers well in the 2nd test... why change that...WI best bowling combo : 3 pacers + Sunil Narine...WI coach is a shame...he give Ramdin a bad bowling combos in both the 1st and the 3rd test...I think these ppl ain't want see windies win a test series, once WI ain't winning test MATCHES Caribbean ppl won't even go to see the matches and the WICB losing revenue and will continue their merry way of losing more revenue...go WICB ...go...change your Coach... and your fortunes might change

  • on June 30, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    Windies could have beaten NZ!

  • on June 30, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    Check the series averages, the teams are about evenly matched. Booult and Southee were not really better than Roach and Taylor.

  • wirus on June 30, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    It goes without saying that the better team won the series. By far NZ batted, bowled and fielded with more intensity, intelligence and determination than WI who had frequent periods in which they just seemed to give up and just hope that something happened for them. When NZ bowled their bowlers swung the ball both ways, bowled sharp bouncers and generally looked in control. When WI bowled Roach picked up wickets bowling medium pace but Taylor looked lost and the impressive Holder was not allowed to bowl more than 10 overs in either innings. Instead Ramdin preferred to give the ball to Shillingford who looked about as threatening as a slug circled in salt. Benn too was ineffective yet Ramdin continued to ignore Holder. Why? That Gayle failed is no surprise and surely now he must be thanked for his services and retired as per Samuels and Sammy though at least Sammy usually contributed something with the bat. Pollard should have been playing instead of Shillingford. All too late now.

  • VivGilchrist on June 30, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    Lots of comments about the composition of the WI XI have been made but the fact is that there no7 has taken 2 wickets and scored 90 runs for the game. That is a very respectable return from the all rounders role. You could say Shillingford was a wasted selection as he took no wickets, but he did bat better than some of the batsmen. The fact is that they were outplayed by NZ. Taylor was down, Shiv was down, and there is nothing saying Blackwood would have scored more than 90 scored by Holder. WI were always going into this game with 2 spinners.

  • on June 30, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    in hindsight, it's worth asking WHY on earth would a team with severe batting concerns leave out a no.6 to accommodate an extra spinner, with that said spinner struggling to make any impact after his suspension.

  • Samarian on June 30, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    I am so very disappointed that WestIndies did not win the series. I fully expected that New Zealand would have been demolished since Darren Sammy was axed and replaced by the Great Tactician.

  • Akoben on June 30, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    While the selectors have baffled me, I would rather we run close and lose than just give up the fight. For me the positives are - 1. The 'Return of Taylor', 2. The Introduction of Holder, 3. The Return of Roach, 4. Blackwood, 5. Bowling Coach Ambrose. While every loss pains me, this is a young team. Allow Ambrose to continue working with this bowling unit. Blackwood should slot right back in (no to 2 spinners next time). Holder is demonstrating that he can occupy the 'allrounder' role (with some real pace) and with Taylor leading from the front we can start to set standards. WICB need to make sure that the first class season is extended as from this year. Let's just start with that. Home and away fixtures. Give the region the platform, because the players will not get it elsewhere (except for the fast-food version). I believe the board are serious about this. Looking forward to the coming months ahead.....!!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on June 30, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Windies need batsmen who want to bat for long periods of time and dont throw their wickets. Benn is disappoint too lacklustre in his approach.

  • hassaboy on June 30, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    I am now eagerly awaiting the excuses from Gibson and others. I am sure they will come up with something amazing.

  • Roysingh1972 on June 30, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Windies bowling is great! They even look better than the front and middle batting order. The reason they lost this series was bad selection. Windies got the talent to beat or battle any team! But there selectors cannot pick a good team, Blackwood was very strong in Trinidad debut! Then they bench him. It would be nice to see the board bench the selectors from the panel.

  • Chris_P on June 30, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Great effort from NZ. They are on the rise, no doubt.

  • on June 30, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    very proud to be a kiwi....been following very closely all seties....my work starts early so while rest watching the soccer world cup I am watching cricinfo......NZ cricket is entertainment and consistancy....test cricket is the best.....thanks boys

  • on June 30, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    True Edward. But I must be said that WI has a severe leadership crisis. On field and in the Dugouts. Good luck to Ramdin. Wonder what Sammy is saying?

  • on June 30, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    5 bowlers? In any case the early batmen didn't do their jobs. So blame all around.

  • ak928 on June 30, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    nz all the way.........go BLACKCAPS...........shame for wi...........lost 2-0 in nz and now most probabaly will loose at home also(if rain dosent interupt)...very shameful.....and it also shows strength of nz side.............who still have like of ryder,guptill,anderson not in the team

  • on June 30, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Well hate to beat a " dead horse " but what a poor decision to pick shillingford over Blackwood. In case WI management doesn't get it ..WI batting is their #1 issue.

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  • on June 30, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Well hate to beat a " dead horse " but what a poor decision to pick shillingford over Blackwood. In case WI management doesn't get it ..WI batting is their #1 issue.

  • ak928 on June 30, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    nz all the way.........go BLACKCAPS...........shame for wi...........lost 2-0 in nz and now most probabaly will loose at home also(if rain dosent interupt)...very shameful.....and it also shows strength of nz side.............who still have like of ryder,guptill,anderson not in the team

  • on June 30, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    5 bowlers? In any case the early batmen didn't do their jobs. So blame all around.

  • on June 30, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    True Edward. But I must be said that WI has a severe leadership crisis. On field and in the Dugouts. Good luck to Ramdin. Wonder what Sammy is saying?

  • on June 30, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    very proud to be a kiwi....been following very closely all seties....my work starts early so while rest watching the soccer world cup I am watching cricinfo......NZ cricket is entertainment and consistancy....test cricket is the best.....thanks boys

  • Chris_P on June 30, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Great effort from NZ. They are on the rise, no doubt.

  • Roysingh1972 on June 30, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Windies bowling is great! They even look better than the front and middle batting order. The reason they lost this series was bad selection. Windies got the talent to beat or battle any team! But there selectors cannot pick a good team, Blackwood was very strong in Trinidad debut! Then they bench him. It would be nice to see the board bench the selectors from the panel.

  • hassaboy on June 30, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    I am now eagerly awaiting the excuses from Gibson and others. I am sure they will come up with something amazing.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on June 30, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Windies need batsmen who want to bat for long periods of time and dont throw their wickets. Benn is disappoint too lacklustre in his approach.

  • Akoben on June 30, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    While the selectors have baffled me, I would rather we run close and lose than just give up the fight. For me the positives are - 1. The 'Return of Taylor', 2. The Introduction of Holder, 3. The Return of Roach, 4. Blackwood, 5. Bowling Coach Ambrose. While every loss pains me, this is a young team. Allow Ambrose to continue working with this bowling unit. Blackwood should slot right back in (no to 2 spinners next time). Holder is demonstrating that he can occupy the 'allrounder' role (with some real pace) and with Taylor leading from the front we can start to set standards. WICB need to make sure that the first class season is extended as from this year. Let's just start with that. Home and away fixtures. Give the region the platform, because the players will not get it elsewhere (except for the fast-food version). I believe the board are serious about this. Looking forward to the coming months ahead.....!!