West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd T20I, Dominica

Captaincy change with eye on World Cup - Hesson

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 6, 2014

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Bowlers were not sharp in middle overs - Hesson

Change in conditions helped us - Sammy

  • Darren Sammy, West Indies' T20 captain, said the change in the conditions made the difference for his team as they squared the T20 series 1-1 on Sunday after losing the opening game. On Saturday, his bowlers had to deal with a wet ball, due to a persistent drizzle during New Zealand's chase as they failed to defend 106 from 15 overs. The following match was played under sunshine as West Indies defended 165 by bundling out New Zealand for 126.
  • "There was no rain today and no wet ball to deal with. [Andre] Fletcher said the pitch was a bit two-paced but it wasn't so difficult that he couldn't play through the line of the ball, so I thought 160 was a good enough score and we showed in the end that it was enough," Sammy said.
  • Fletcher, who picked up the Man of the Series Award for his back-to-back fifties said he was pleased with his form and hope to be a permanent fixture in the limited-overs teams. "Mentally I have improved a lot, and also where strike rotation is concerned," Fletcher said. "I need to continue with this form going into the CPL."

Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, has said that the decision to make Kane Williamson captain in the second Twenty20 international against West Indies was done with an eye on next year's World Cup. Williamson's previous stint as captain had also come against West Indies, when he replaced an injured Ross Taylor for three ODIs and a T20 during the 2012 tour.

"Look, it's something that, if we get to the World Cup and we have an incident, we need to make sure Kane's up to speed," Hesson said. "Today was an opportunity for us, in a slightly lesser pressure situation, to give him that opportunity and we still put a decent side out on the park instead of playing without Brendon. It's a good experience for him. It's one of those areas that we need to ensure we've got covered come World Cup time."

Williamson led a side that included Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor, but New Zealand failed to chase down a target of 166, losing by 39 runs. One of the factors on which Hesson pinned the loss was the failure of the bowlers to control runs in the middle overs.

"We weren't sharp with the ball in the middle overs," he said. "I don't think we assessed the conditions quite as well as we could have, whereas yesterday we were outstanding in that area. With the bat, it's key for one of our top order to go on and make a big score. The fact that the wicket got slower and turned and bounced a bit, we needed a guy who was set. That we kept losing wickets throughout made it more difficult for us."

The T20s capped off a memorable tour for New Zealand as they claimed an overseas Test series win over a top-eight country in 12 years. Hesson said that while the Test series win was a highlight, the performance of the players in the T20s was also pleasing.

"You don't want to finish on a loss, but overall, it's been a great tour for us," Hesson said. "We came over here a couple of years ago and got turned over. The fact that we won a Test series away from home was a big achievement for us and to be fair, disappointed with today but 1-1 in a T20 series, we certainly showed some good skills and players stood up, so overall really pleased."

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Posted by Vilander on (July 7, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

They might win the cup actually come 2015..awesome team.

Posted by ak928 on (July 7, 2014, 10:57 GMT)

nz team is filled with stars at the moment.....williamson being the brightest one......follwed by latham,anderson,neesham,whatling,boult,mcclenaghan,munro etc........the are not short of option and are certainly facing selection problam that any team would want to face.........munro holds excellent record in domestic matches but still is no way near to be selected for the team.....also ryder has been in tremendous form for essex......and guptill is also finding it difficult to make his way into the team........goid to see this

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