Indies captain Chris Gayle says his side will take the positives
from the rain-affected drawn Test into the second match
starting later this week, in an attempt to clinch the series
The first Test against New Zealand at the University Oval
finished in a tame draw, after the final day was washed
out on Sunday. The second day was also lost to rain along
with a few hours on the third day
I am happy with the way we played in this match. It was
cold and we had a lot of rain, but we adapted well and had
some very good performances, Gayle said.
is always room for improvement and we will be looking for
improvement in all departments. We will be back in business
in Napier in a few days and we will be looking for a win
in that match. We expect better weather conditions.
West Indies will face the Black Caps in the final Test of
the two-match series on Friday (Thursday, Eastern Caribbean
time) at McLean Park in Napier. The regional side are chasing
their first series win against New Zealand in 12 years.
Batting first in the opening Test, New Zealand made 365
in their first innings and West Indies found themselves
under pressure at 173 for six before recovering to reach
The regional side owed their turnaround to the heroics of
fast bowler Jerome Taylor who slammed an amazing 106, his
maiden Test century and highest-ever first class score.
He faced a mere 107 balls, and slammed 17 fours and three
sixes in a 153-run, seventh wicket stand with Shivnarine
Chanderpaul who hit 76.
am really happy for Jerome. He batted extremely well and
proved what we have known all along that he has the
ability to make big scores, said Gayle who scored
74 at the top of the order.
call him a tail-ender but we have seen him bat for Jamaica
and the West Indies and we knew he had the ability to play
the way he did.
Chanderpaul also chalked up another landmark when he overtook
the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers to go third on the all-time
list of batsmen with 8077 runs.