New Zealand tour of West Indies, 2014 July 1, 2014

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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  • Anver on July 2, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    What a pleasing record for Shiv for getting out "STUMPED" for the 1st time in his 156th test match..... may be his unusual batting stance & calm batting is the main reason for not getting out 'STUMPED" before !!!!!

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    BenGundry is correct. The linked table compares him with players a whole year older.

  • Francis on July 1, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    BenGundry, Williamson turns 24 in just over a month and I assume he has no more tests before then so it's a valid comparison

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Anderson, Milne, Henry, Ryder, Guptil, McClenaghan.... All handy and not even featuring in the regular test 11. The next few years is looking good for NZC.

  • Ben on July 1, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Williamson is still 23. The statsguru table compares him with players at the age of 24 - a year older than him. If you change the age down to 23, then he is heaps better than Crowe and any other New Zealander.

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    It is true that Chanderpaul played the most innings before being stumped for the first time, but it should also be mentioned that Jayawardene has played 145 matches (244 innings) without being stumped. It will be interesting to see whether he is stumped before he retires. If not, he'll hold the record for most innings without ever being stumped.

    But wow, I bet Chanderpaul was shocked when that happened!

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    yes, what is "even Pakistan" ?? Rank is not enough to prove a big team, at the time, they have Wasin, Waqar, Shoaib Akhtar biggest bowling attack, they can rive any batting side, and Inzamam, Yousaf, Saeed Anwar and Afridi with his best time, and two best allrounders Azhar Mehmood and Abdul Razzaq, that team was much better than current....

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    The writer of this article may not be aware that among top twenty worst defeats by an innings in Test matches all countries except Pakistan name appear. Even Austrailia,England and South Africa,s name are there where as Bangladesh and India are mentioned the most in above list.

  • Greg on July 1, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Waleed, you are in the wrong. In May 2002, Pakistan were ranked 8th in the world and therefore "even pakistan" is correct. They have improved and maybe a good team now but were a poor team back when NZ played them in 2002.

  • Android on July 1, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    "even pakistan", like u r saying pakistan is not a specialist teat team or B team. For ur concern, pakistan is the 3rd ranked team in test rankings and be limited to ur worda kindly

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