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Much has been said about New Zealand’s preparation for their tour of the West Indies not being ideal. What could have gone wrong for them, has. They were already missing a key player or two; they went ahead and had injuries galore. They were expected to be hammered. They have been so far.
But New Zealand have always fought their way through constraints of all kinds throughout their cricketing history. A wafer-thin player base, lack of funds, not many prodigious talents, you name it. ‘Punching above their weight’ has become second nature to them. Which is why it was even more disappointing to see them not show much fight so far on this tour.
Nathan McCullum has said the New Zealand bowlers have made some plans for Chris Gayle that they “are pretty sure are going to work”. That looks like asking a lot of an attack that has managed to take just six wickets in two games. But that could also be New Zealand’s only chance. A batting line-up that relies on an international rookie like BJ Watling to be its top-scorer for two games running does not inspire any confidence at all.
The West Indies batting, barring Gayle, hasn’t been tested all that much. While there have been creditable supporting acts from Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Smith, it has been Gayle who has been the driving force of the line-up. He now has five scores of fifty-plus from six innings since making his international comeback. He can’t go on like this. The early dismissal will happen, maybe tomorrow, and it will be interesting to watch the approach of the other batsmen then.
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