New Zealand's best 24-year-old and the unstumpable Chanderpaul
A stats review at the end of the third Test between West Indies and New Zealand in Barbados.
- Excluding a one-off Test win in Zimbabwe, New Zealand have now won 12 away series in their 75 year Test history. Since beating West Indies in West Indies in June-July 2002, New Zealand, in the following 12 years, have not won an away series against a team other than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. In this period, post June-July 2002, they have lost away series' to Australia, South Africa, West Indies, England, India and Sri Lanka. They lost to Pakistan as well in May 2002, just before their victory in West Indies the same year.
- New Zealand's record against West Indies has improved significantly since the turn of the century. Till 2000, New Zealand had only won six Tests out the 30 that they played against West Indies. Since then, they have won seven Tests, despite playing only 15 Tests against them. In fact, in the last seven series against West Indies, New Zealand have won five and lost only one, drawing the other.
- This is the fourth instance of New Zealand winning an away Test after conceding a first innings lead. Two of these wins - against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh - were when New Zealand batted second. This was only the second time - first was beating Pakistan in Lahore - that New Zealand had won an away Test after conceding a first innings lead while batting first.
- Shivnarine Chanderpaul was playing his 266th innings in his 156th Test. This was the first time that he was being stumped in a Test match. For BJ Watling, the wicket-keeper involved, this was the first time that he was effecting a stumping at the Test level. This is the highest number matches played by any batsman before being stumped for the first time in their Test career. The next few batsmen in order of matches played are Graeme Smith (111), Daniel Vettori (108), Sanath Jayasuriya (92) and Sachin Tendulkar (89).
- Kane Williamson's reputation as one of New Zealand's best ever batsman is steadily growing. In his last 16 Test innings, Williamson has crossed 40 on 13 occasions, including four hundreds and five fifties. He has scored the most runs by a New Zealand batsman by the age of 24, with a record that is nearly identical to that of his illustrious countryman, Martin Crowe.
- Kane Williamson's 161 not-out in the second innings of the last was only the second instance of a New Zealand batsman scoring a second innings hundred in an away Test post 2010. This was the fourth highest score by a New Zealander in these circumstances, and the performance won him his first Man-of-the-Match award. This was the 25th such innings in all by a New Zealand batsman, and only the third in an away Test win.
- Jimmy Neesham has had an impressive start to his Test career making four 50-plus scores, including two hundreds, in four Test. During the third Test he scored a fifty in each innings, making it only the eighth instance of a New Zealand batsman achieving this feat while batting at number six or below in an away Test. Amongst those, Neesham's twin fifties were the only ones to come in a winning cause.
- Kemar Roach, during the third Test, became the 19th West Indian to have taken 100 career Test wickets. He took two four- wicket hauls during this match, making him the only West Indian pace bowler to have done this in eight years, since Jerome Taylor in June 2006. Roach himself had done this once during this period, when he took two five-wicket hauls in the same game against Australia at Port of Spain in April 2012. Also, excluding these two performances by Roach, the last time that a West Indian pacer took eight wickets in a match was three years ago, when Fidel Edwards took eight wickets against India, also at Barbados. Kemar Roach's career strike rate of 51.2 is the best for a West Indian bowler since 2000 (min. 15 matches).
- Jason Holder took two wickets on debut, but was more impressive with the bat scoring 38 and 52 runs in each innings. Holder's total of 90 runs in his debut match is the third highest by a West Indian batsman playing at number seven or below. Also, he is only the 14th West Indian batsmen to score a fifty on debut while batting at number seven or below.
- Trent Boult and Tim Southee took three wickets each and played a crucial role in giving New Zealand this first series win against a top-eight team in the last 12 years. Aptly, both of them have been New Zealand's highest wicket-takers in the last three years. Trent Boult is New Zealand's highest wicket-taker in that period despite having made his debut only in December 2011, less than three years ago.
Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor at ESPNcricinfo. @bishen_jeswant
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