New Zealand will enter tomorrows fifth and final day of the first test at North Sound with a chance of avoiding defeat. Their fortunes, of course, will depend on their captain Ross Taylor and the batsmen to come, but the conscientious batting of their top order has placed them in a position to save the game.
Led by centuries from Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell the West Indies proceeded to tighten the screws on a hapless New Zealand. At stumps the score was 442, and with Narsingh Deaonarine on 54, accompanied by the aggressive Darren Sammy on 8, the West Indies will be hoping to grow the 91 run lead to well past 200 on the fourth day.
It would have been reasonable to assume that after not playing in whites for a year and a half that Chris Gayle would have gradually eased himself into the test game. But anyone who harboured such thoughts would have been taken aback by the way he went out to bat on today's second day at North Sound.
The West Indies claimed two late wickets to place themselves on level terms with the visitors at stumps on todays first day at North Sound. On a very pedestrian day when the spectators who ventured to the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium would have struggled to stay awake, Martin Guptil scored a painstaking 97 to guide New Zealand to 232/4.
West Indies have named a 13-man squad for the 1st Test against New Zealand at North Sound. Swashbuckling opener Chris Gayle has forced his way back in the Test Team. The last time Gayle played in the Whites for West Indies was in 2010 in a tour of Sri Lanka.
West Indies won the fifth and final ODI at St Kitts by 20 runs to complete the ODI Series with a crushing margin of 4-1. New Zealand were once again bamboozled by the spin of Sunil Narine, who claimed a 2nd consecutive Man of the Match award and also the Player of the Series award.
West Indies won the 4th ODI at St Kitts by dash runs and with that capture the 5-match series 3-1. This was despite a heroic century from New Zealand Skipper Ross Taylor, who made 110 from just 115 balls.
West Indies have made one change to their 13-man squad by calling up Wicket Keeper Devon Thomas to replace Denesh Ramdin for the final two ODIs against New Zealand. Denesh Ramdin misses out because of his wedding.