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Lack of self-belief hampering West Indies' progress
Even though they surprised everyone by bouncing back from defeat to win the second Test, West Indies still remain a mentally frail side, prone to disintegrating when the odds are stacked against them
Tony Cozier
July 6, 2014

After New Zealand's seminal triumph in their hard-fought, wildly fluctuating Test series against West Indies, Kane Williamson described the team as "a positive and a good young group that can win a lot in the coming years and ultimately move higher and higher in the rankings". It was impossible to deny his optimism. The average age of the squad that completed its first overseas triumph against significant opponents in 12 years was 26. Only the assured, assertive captain Brendon McCullum, Peter Fulton and Ross Taylor were over 30.

Williamson is 23 and is already spoken of back home in the same breath as Martin Crowe - by Crowe himself, among others. Player of the Series, his 113 in the first Test at Sabina Park and unbeaten 161 in the third at Kensington Oval was batting of high quality that lifted his tally to seven hundreds; Crowe had scored five at the same age. Williamson's first was in India, on debut, aged 20.

The ICC ranks him 14th among Test batsmen; he is certain to rise quickly. Taylor is ninth, McCullum 19th. Of the trio of swing bowlers who rarely offered West Indies respite, Tim Southee is sixth, Trent Boult ninth and Neil Wagner 22nd.

The only West Indians in ICC's top 20 are Shivnarine Chanderpaul, now a month away from his 40th birthday, fifth on the batting list, and Kemar Roach, impressively recovered from a shoulder operation last October, tenth among bowlers.

A more pertinent guide is the teams' rankings. New Zealand are seventh on the list, West Indies eighth. In other words, their recent meeting was akin to a Wimbledon first-round match between two unseeded players.

Sterner examinations are ahead for New Zealand - three Tests against Pakistan in the Emirates in November, two against Sri Lanka at home in January, two each away to England and Sri Lanka next summer. Williamson's confident prediction can then be properly assessed.

West Indies have the welcome cushion of two home Tests against the hapless Bangladesh in September before the daunting prospect of three against No. 2 South Africa in December and January.

The Bangladesh mini-series is an opportunity to introduce young players.

Kraigg Brathwaite, the 21-year-old opener, immediately responded to his recall for the second Test against New Zealand with 129.

Jermaine Blackwood, a 22-year-old dasher who came to prominence with successive hundreds against the touring Bangladesh A, stroked 63 on debut before he was jettisoned to boost the bowling in the final Test.

At the first signs of resistance, Ramdin dispersed his fielders to the deep. Even when an innings victory beckoned in the second Test, Mark Craig and wicketkeeper BJ Watling were placed under little pressure
Jason Holder's height suggests his preferred sport should be basketball. At 23, he made an encouraging entry into Test cricket at Kensington Oval with calmly compiled scores of 38 and 52 and tight fast-medium bowling.

There are other promising potential recruits from A teams who have done well against their counterparts from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Whatever talent there is and as much as the board plans to boost domestic standards through increased contracts for players, improved pitches and an extended first-class season, West Indies will make no progress until they shed the lack of self-belief ingrained by two decades of disappointment. Their spirit in transforming a hiding in the first Test at Sabina Park, by 186 runs in four days, into categorical victory by ten wickets in the second at the Queen's Park Oval reversed a sequence of five losses in six Tests. It was a thorough team effort; all 11 contributed.

The customary response to adversity used to been further disintegration. Now there was optimism that such frailty was at an end. It took the five days of the decisive match to negate the notion.

For the first three, West Indies held sway, until their familiar inability to seize the moment once more took hold. Replying to New Zealand's modest first-innings 293, they were 153 for a quarter-hour before rain intervened on the second afternoon. A platform was laid for a lead similar to the decisive 239 in the second Test; in the end, it was an insignificant 24.

The balance was still marginally in their favour when New Zealand were four down for 135 early on the fourth morning, ahead by 111.

Crucial chances had already been missed. Their bowling became as flat as the pitch was throughout, the situation compounded by mystifying decisions on the part of Denesh Ramdin, in his first series as captain in place of Darren Sammy.

He appeared ill at ease combining the always tough responsibilities of determining tactics and keeping wicket. His standards with the gloves dipped to such an extent that he allowed 57 byes in the three Tests and missed chances he would usually have gathered without fuss.

It led to an ultra-cautious tactical approach. At the first signs of resistance, he dispersed his fielders to the deep. Even when an innings victory beckoned on the fourth day of the second Test, the New Zealand No. 9, Mark Craig, and wicketkeeper BJ Watling were placed under little pressure in their partnership, which sent the match into the last day.

The selectors had changed the victorious second-Test XI, omitting a batsman to boost the numerically limited attack. Bold as it appeared, the move backfired. By the second innings, Jerome Taylor had shot his bolt after his earlier efforts, Sulieman Benn was feeling the effects of 182 overs in his previous five innings, and Shane Shillingford, denied his doosra on the ICC's direction, never looked like taking a wicket.

Yet they kept going for 60 overs, while Holder was restricted to ten. Taylor's late wicket was the only one to show among the three; Holder collected two. Williamson's unbeaten 161 duly led New Zealand to 331 for 7 by the end of the rain-shortened day. There was a definite momentum shift.

McCullum's immediate declaration the following morning recognised it. He offered West Indies the challenge of scoring 308 at the plausible rate of 3.14 runs an over to win the match and take the series. He was emboldened by the conviction among his players that they would not be denied. More to the point, he had prior first-hand experience of how West Indies tend to waver in such a situation.

In the final Test of the preceding series between the two in New Zealand last December, West Indies carried a lead of 18 into their second innings. A collapse for 103 ensued and New Zealand took the match and the series 2-0.

At Kensington Oval, the prospect of winning was never a consideration after the first three wickets fell for 31 in the first ten overs; by tea, it was 161 for 7. It required an eighth-wicket partnership between Holder and the No. 9, Shillingford, to show what might have been and delay the New Zealanders their elation until the sun was slowly setting over Kensington Oval.

It was a familiar ending with a familiar cause.

Tony Cozier has written about and commentated on cricket in the Caribbean for 50 years
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Re: Windies seeking a win at Windsor Park , Dominica..2nd T20
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2014, 12:18:06 PM »
Game live .....http://www.cricmelive.com/sky-sports-2-live-streaming.php

So here we go.. Southee to start
By the way, Luke Ronchi has shaved off his ridiculous moustache. What an oddity it was yesterday!

"You can feel the moisture in this pitch," says Danny Morrison about the pitch and adds that the ball will grip the surface.

1.40 pm New Zealand have won the toss and just like yesterday, they will bowl. They are unchanged for this match. West Indies have made one change bringing in a left-armer for left-armer - Sheldon Cottrell comes in for Krishmar Santokie, who had complained of some stiffness.
"Why is McCullum not leading today?" is the most common question today. Azweer, New Zealand say they are planning for future.
Kevin Pietersen: " McCullum not leading today? that's surprising.. giving chance to youngsters... and planning for a retirement ?"

Kane Williamson will be leading the New Zealand side for today's game. We are still ten minutes away from the toss. Satellite images say that the clouds are not around at the moment.. but there is a huge lump west of French Guadeloupe.. I am not sure which way it is moving though.. Stay away from Dominica please.

Anon06: "Re: that landing video. I think that landing in Tobago from Trinidad is even more terrifying because the start of the runway where the plane lands in only 100-110 metres inside from the shore although it touches down about 500m inside. I just Google Earth-ed it. " --- Anon06, it's not half as scary as this.

1.15 pm Damp conditions yesterday did favour New Zealand when they batted, Ross Taylor said after the win. Conditions are not going to be markedly different today and New Zealand would hope to continue their good run in this tour. They won the Test series and they can't lose this one now. Signing off the tour with a win will be perfect. Not so much for West Indies, who looked good in the second Test but have been in a shell since then. T20 is their format - they were the previous WT20 champions - and they generally do well. Can Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine bring them back?

West Indies Team
DR Smith, LMP Simmons, D Ramdin†, DJG Sammy*, AD Russell, SP Narine, S Badree, SS Cottrell, ADS Fletcher, KA Pollard, DM Bravo

New Zealand Team
KS Williamson*, JDS Neesham, CJ Anderson, BB McCullum, TA Boult, TWM Latham, L Ronchi†, IS Sodhi, TG Southee, LRPL Taylor, BJ Watling

Kane Williamson and Darren Sammy contest the toss

End of over 1 (10 runs) West Indies 10/0 (RR: 10.00)

DR Smith 9 (5b 2x4 0x6)
LMP Simmons 1 (1b 0x4 0x6)
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Re: Windies seeking a win at Windsor Park , Dominica..2nd T20
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2014, 12:19:47 PM »
Andre Fletcher is the new batsman
Southee to Smith, OUT, Smith falls! Early end again. he bowls this one with a scrambled seam and gets it to dart into the batsman.. Smith didn't expect that. It hits his thigh and rattles the stumps. It did grip the surface there
DR Smith b Southee 9 (6b 2x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

End of over 3 (4 runs) West Indies 14/1 (RR: 4.66)

LMP Simmons 3 (9b 0x4 0x6)
ADS Fletcher 2 (3b 0x4 0x6)

TG Southee 2-0-14-1
TA Boult 1-1-0-0

End of over 3 (4 runs) West Indies 14/1 (RR: 4.66)

LMP Simmons 3 (9b 0x4 0x6)
ADS Fletcher 2 (3b 0x4 0x6)

TG Southee 2-0-14-1
TA Boult 1-1-0-0

Andre Fletcher punches down the ground
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2014, 12:25:37 PM »
End of over 5 (11 runs) West Indies 27/1 (RR: 5.40)

ADS Fletcher 14 (12b 1x4 1x6)
LMP Simmons 4 (12b 0x4 0x6)

JDS Neesham 1-0-11-0
TA Boult 2-1-2-0

End of over 7 (8 runs) West Indies 44/1 (RR: 6.28)

LMP Simmons 18 (21b 1x4 1x6)
ADS Fletcher 16 (15b 1x4 1x6)

JDS Neesham 2-0-19-0
TA Boult 3-1-11-0

End of over 8 (10 runs) West Indies 54/1 (RR: 6.75)

LMP Simmons 20 (23b 1x4 1x6)
ADS Fletcher 24 (19b 2x4 1x6)

CJ Anderson 1-0-10-0
JDS Neesham 2-0-19-0

End of over 10 (11 runs) West Indies 73/1 (RR: 7.30)

LMP Simmons 35 (31b 3x4 2x6)
ADS Fletcher 28 (23b 2x4 1x6)

CJ Anderson 2-0-21-0
JDS Neesham 3-0-27-0

Sodhi to Simmons, OUT, he is caught at the boundary! So calmly taken by Anderson at the edge.. We have seen these second-attempt-lobbed-catches so many times that it all seems too routine now.. He catches it, falls out of the boundary, but he remembers to lob it in.. calmly walks in and completes the catch..
LMP Simmons c Anderson b Sodhi 36 (34b 3x4 2x6) SR: 105.88

End of over 11 (3 runs) West Indies 76/2 (RR: 6.90)

DM Bravo 0 (1b 0x4 0x6)
ADS Fletcher 30 (25b 2x4 1x6)

IS Sodhi 1-0-3-1
CJ Anderson 2-0-21-0

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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2014, 03:06:09 PM »
End of over 12 (8 runs) West Indies 84/2 (RR: 7.00)

DM Bravo3 (3b)
ADS Fletcher33 (29b 2x4 1x6)

KS Williamson1-0-8-0
IS Sodhi1-0-3-1

Sodhi to Bravo, 1 run, dropped by Neesham! Sodhi almost had his third wicket of T20s.. Bravo looks to slog this, only manages a huge top edge that goes 35000ft high, comes down at mid-off where Neesham drops a sitter.. He called early and chased everyone away..

Williamson to Bravo, OUT, the captain gets a wicket! Bravo moves away to the leg side, gets a quickish delivery, looks to flay it through covers but makes no connection.. That drop has just cost 10 runs..
DM Bravo b Williamson 14 (12m 7b 1x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

Kieron Pollard, who has taken a few hokey-pokey's in his career, is in

Anderson to Pollard, OUT, quick short ball! This is a mighty well taken HOKEY POKEY! Polly gets a taste of his own medicine! The batsman pulled this one fine, Boult, running backwards from deep midwicket takes a one-hander, off his left-hand.. but he is falling backwards.. He doesn't go against the nature.. Lobs the ball back in.. falls behind the boundary, then comes back and dives in to complete the catch.. what a stinger!
KA Pollard c Boult b Anderson 13 (17m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 108.33

End of over 18 (17 runs) West Indies 143/4 (RR: 7.94)

DJG Sammy10 (2b 1x4 1x6)
ADS Fletcher58 (47b 2x4 3x6)

CJ Anderson4-0-51-1
JDS Neesham4-0-31-0

Boult to Fletcher, OUT, a bolt from Boult! Fires a full delivery on the pads and Fletcher falls over, loses his leg stump.. Wonder why he didn't try that first up

ADS Fletcher b Boult 62 (72m 49b 3x4 3x6) SR: 126.53

Boult to Sammy, OUT, he doesn't time this one and it doesn't hit the meat of the bat either! Boult gets his second as Sammy looks for a six but only gets it to long-on as this hits his bat high
DJG Sammy c Anderson b Boult 10 (9m 3b 1x4 1x6) SR: 333.33

Lendl Simmons hit three fours and two sixes,

End of over 19 (11 runs) West Indies 154/6 (RR: 8.10)

AD Russell6 (3b 1x4)
D Ramdin0 (0b)

TA Boult4-1-22-2
CJ Anderson4-0-51-1

End of over 20 (11 runs) West Indies 165/6

AD Russell14 (7b 2x4)
D Ramdin2 (2b)

TG Southee4-0-34-1
TA Boult4-1-22-2

West Indies 165/6 (20/20 ov)
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2014, 03:15:09 PM »
New Zealand Batting...

End of over 1 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/0 (164 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 8.63)

JDS Neesham1 (2b)
KS Williamson1 (4b)

Cottrell to Neesham, OUT, another edge, this one is straight to point! Neesham's feet are rooted to the crease and he must be gutted that all he can do to this full toss is get an edge.. Big leading edge that flies straight to point. Cottrell gives the salute.. Neesham experiment not yielding the desired results till now
JDS Neesham c Bravo b Cottrell 7 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 140.00

End of over 2 (9 runs) New Zealand 11/1 (155 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 8.61)

BB McCullum3 (3b)
KS Williamson1 (4b)

SS Cottrell1-0-9-1
S Badree1-0-2-0

End of over 4 (15 runs) New Zealand 35/1 (131 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.75, RRR: 8.18)

BB McCullum20 (11b 2x4 1x6)
KS Williamson8 (8b 1x4)

SS Cottrell2-0-24-1
S Badree2-0-11-0

Badree to McCullum, OUT, shorter but what have you done Baz! He gets all the power that he wanted behind that, but he hits it straight to the cover fielder.. What a waste!
BB McCullum c Simmons b Badree 21 (16b 2x4 1x6) SR: 131.25

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 40/2 (126 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 9.00)

LRPL Taylor0 (4b)
KS Williamson12 (11b 2x4)

S Badree3-1-11-1
SP Narine1-0-5-0

End of over 11 (7 runs) New Zealand 82/2 (84 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.45, RRR: 9.33)

LRPL Taylor16 (19b 1x4)
KS Williamson37 (26b 5x4)

SP Narine2-0-12-0
AD Russell1-0-11-0

Pollard to Williamson, OUT, this one has gone through! Big offcutter that darts in sharply into the batsman, surprises Williamson, it hits the thigh pad and drops on to his stumps. Pollard sets off on a celebratory run, keeping his finger firmly on his lips.. Big breakthrough
KS Williamson b Pollard 37 (28b 5x4 0x6) SR: 132.14

End of over 12 (2 runs) New Zealand 84/3 (82 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 10.25)

CJ Anderson1 (3b)
LRPL Taylor17 (20b 1x4)

KA Pollard1-0-2-1
SP Narine2-0-12-0

Narine to Taylor, OUT, that has castled him! Taylor has been shuffling to the off side to deal with the turn - in and out, but he had no answers to this ripper.. Flat and quick outside off, it changes direction on pitching and sneaks through the defences to knock back the off stump..it actually takes the glove on its way
LRPL Taylor b Narine 21 (23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 91.30

End of over 16 (14 runs) New Zealand 113/4 (53 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.06, RRR: 13.25)
L Ronchi12 (11b 1x6)
CJ Anderson12 (13b 1x6)

KA Pollard3-0-19-1
DJG Sammy3-0-22-0

Narine to Ronchi, OUT, fuller and Ronchi books a ticket to the pavilion! He looks for the big hit but doesn't get the timing, slicing it long off where Russell is present
L Ronchi c Russell b Narine 12 (12b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Narine to Watling, OUT, this could be a wicket! Anderson said NO the moment Watling set off with this dab to cover, Sammy doesn't waste time and fires an underarm flick.. Watling dives but it's to no avail as Ramdin takes off the bails.. He is well out here.. So Watling was impatient.. only to his detriment though
BJ Watling run out 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 17 (3 runs) New Zealand 116/6 (50 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.82, RRR: 16.66)

TWM Latham0 (1b)
CJ Anderson14 (15b 1x6)

SP Narine4-0-19-2
KA Pollard3-0-19-1

Cottrell to Anderson, OUT, superb catch! Sammy, the rubber man, is too good in the outfield.. Anderson drives it towards the long-on boundary, but Sammy covers a lot of ground to his right and dives to complete the catch.. he makes it look simple
CJ Anderson c Sammy b Cottrell 14 (16b 0x4 1x6) SR: 87.50

Cottrell to Latham, OUT, another wicket for Cottrell, another chance to salute everyone! this was a yorker wide outside off and Latham has steered it straight into Bravo's hand at backward point..Bravo Lieutenant Cottrell!
TWM Latham c Bravo b Cottrell 3 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

End of over 18 (4 runs) New Zealand 120/8 (46 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 23.00)

TG Southee1 (1b)
SS Cottrell3-0-28-3

SP Narine4-0-19-2


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Re: Windies seeking a win at Windsor Park , Dominica..2nd T20
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2014, 03:25:29 PM »
Russell to Southee, OUT, walks way over to the off side, laps it up but can only give Cottrell another chance to salute.. He takes a simple catch at short fine leg
TG Southee c Cottrell b Russell 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 19 (6 runs) New Zealand 126/9 (40 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 40.00)

TA Boult 5 (4b 0x4 0x6)
AD Russell 2-0-17-1

SS Cottrell 3-0-28-3

Cottrell to Boult, OUT, this is a direct hit from point! Darren Bravo may have sealed the win as he takes down the stumps at the non-striker's end.. West Indies draw the series with an emphatic win here in Dominica
TA Boult run out 5 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Boult inspects the field..

So West Indies end it on a high.. They lost the Test series under the new leadership but find a way back in the T20s under their old leader. It was a slowish surface and New Zealand were always going to struggle against the bowlers who like to vary their pace.. Plus there were Narine and Badree who were hard to hit.


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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2014, 03:38:28 PM »

Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, says, "Dominica is setting the tone for the rest of the caribbean (with crowd support). Today, it was an equal playing field. We batted well, congrats to Fletcher and when we bowled, we did what we have been doing in T20 cricket. If you notice, we won the WC in Sri Lanka, the pitches were similar to here. We do well in these conditions.. We have the two best spinners in the world. I would like to wish New Zealand team safe journey home."

Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain today, says, "It wasn't a strong performance from us and West Indies played really well. At the halfway stage, we though we did reasonably well but we lost our way with the bat. They took wickets at key times and made it difficult in the late overs. It was a nice opportunity and I am sure Baz will be looking forward to it in the near future."

Andre Fletcher gets another Man-of-the-Match award for his half-century. He is also the man of the series. He says, "I am very happy. It's good to get a half-century and the team won too. The wicket was much better today. It's a great feeling. I just hope I continue to do my best."


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