A nice visual of McCullum and Bravo sharing the series trophy, which seems just right for the volatility in results this series has produced. Both camps are content, and will look to keep going as we now move to the T20 leg of the tour. The first T20 will be played on January 11 in Auckland, so we look forward to your company. Till then, this is Rohan Sharma bidding you adieu.
Dwayne Bravo, West Indies captain and Man of the Match: Congratulations to my team, the NZ guys for a fantastic series. We needed a big win and thanks to everyone who played a big part and played hard to represent their country. Charles and Powell were going through a tough time, but it was important me and the coach backed them. They have done great things for us in the past, and the way Powell started put pressure on NZ straight away. Then Edwards came in at No. 3, under pressure, and took the opportunity by getting a maiden century. I can't single out anyone, but it was a great team effort. We always want competition. The coach says that we should make more options available. This will put us in a great position, and getting world-class players like Chris Gayle for the T20s will make a big difference. It was a decision by the management team (to open the bowling). Unfortunately Rampaul missed out in order to strengthen the batting, so we wanted to make sure we had a strong batting unit. Russell just came up and said I should take the new ball. It is important for Russell to be back in the one-day team.
Brendon McCullum, New Zealand captain: The West Indies boys came out today and put on a splendid performance. Sad for the fans we were unable to put on a competitive performance for today. Maybe we should have batted first? We are comfortable to bowl first, but chasing 360 is a mammoth total, and the extra 60 runs was a bridge too far. We are going alright as a one-day unit, today was a step backwards. We have a huge series coming up against India. We have put some good performance so far in the series. We are getting there as a one-day unit, and we are seeing an emergence of new talent. Anderson in Queenstown was sublime, and then the bowlers have chipped in as well. Looking forward to the T20 series, and hopefully we can turn up and put on a performance we know we are capable of doing.
So the West Indies officially beat New Zealand in the fifth ODI at Hamilton by 203 runs, a real shellacking that by the visitors. We will be back soon for quotes from the match presentation.
The West Indies huddle up after what has truly been a comprehensive win by them. The series is squared after five matches 2-2 all, and Dwayne Bravo led it from the front, tonking 106 off 81 balls, before taking a wicket early on to set New Zealand on the back foot, and then holding on to two catches. The West Indies will be delighted by their showing today, while the New Zealand team head into the ODIs with a bit of momentum lost.
Andrew G: "Questions for NZC: 1) Why is Watling not in this side? He is one of NZ's best batsmen. 2) Why is Boult not given a chance to display his ODI ability, given the struggles NZ have with the ball. 3) Is Southee the answer in ODI cricket? 4) Is McCullum really the right captain to take NZ to the WC?"
Mitchell McClenaghan is the last man for New Zealand
Daniel Alexander: "New Zealand still need 22 to avoid the follow-on"
Narine into the attack
vignesh: "Last time i saw "hitwicket" is wen sachin gets out hitwicket of Bret Lee in australia"