Ratings - 3rd August 2012
|1st Test||West Indies||v||New Zealand|
|Expected Margin||West Indies by 78 runs|
|Actual Margin||West Indies by 9 wickets|
Like England at the Oval, New Zealand actually batted reasonably well, but didn't go on, having no less than 15 of their batsmen passed double figures without scoring a ton, and batting for roughly half the available overs, but at a much slower rate than the Gayle-powered West Indies top order. Roach (7/115) and Narine toiled away - the latter bowled 85 overs for his 8/223 - although New Zealand will be disappointed not to force a draw given they started the last day with 7 wickets in hand and 30 runs in front. Roach's pair of 5th day spells turned the match, taking 3/6 off 8 overs, and a second blitz by Gayle quickly ended the match in the evening session.
The West Indies thus continue to improve. Their rating is now above where it was when the Bangladesh strike and the fall-out caused a significant drop. New Zealand, by contrast, and the victory over Australia aside, continue to decline. The talent is there for them to play at a better level, although injuries have depleted their batting in this series. Vettori's recent decline, from good to worryingly poor certainly hurts them, and although both Boult and Bracewell have the raw pace needed for this level, both are finding their way. More discipline and pressure is definitely required if they are to keep the West Indies to manageable targets.
|Rankings at 3rd August 2012|
Shaded teams have played fewer than 2 games per season. Non-test team ratings are not comparable to test ratings as they don't play each other.
4th August, 2012 17:19:19