Darren Sammy all smiles after a great escape

MATT RICHENS IN DUNEDIN
Last updated 05:00 08/12/2013
Darren Sammy
Photosport
BIG GRIN: West Indies captain Darren Sammy was all smiles after leaving Dunedin with a draw.

Relevant offers

Cricket

Brendon McCullum stars in the field in his 100th IPL match New Zealand to benefit from overhaul of world cricket financial model Zafar Ansari retires to pursue career outside of cricket Black Cap Doug Bracewell pleads guilty to drink-driving Big Bash or bust for Nine in face of falling popularity in cricket on TV Unseasonal snow forces play to be abandoned in English county cricket second XI match Australia's Channel Nine urged to step away from cricket broadcasting Pakistan take series lead with victory in the first test against West Indies Brian Lara suggests end to test draws to revive crowds Neil Wagner and Essex teammates show sportsmanship in withdrawing run-out appeal

When Darren Sammy smiles, his pearly whites beam and they were beaming when Brendon McCullum informed him the follow-on was being enforced on day three of the first cricket test.

Sammy wasn't happy his side were 396 behind, but he was happy that on a flat University Oval wicket in Dunedin, his side had a chance to "put a lot of yards" in the New Zealand bowlers' legs.

And they did. New Zealand spent the thick end of eight sessions in the field in the first test, which ended in a rain-truncated draw yesterday.

New Zealand spent 224.2 overs in the field, 141 of those split between Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner.

Sammy was hopeful that would give his side an advantage in the second test, starting in Wellington on Wednesday.

"After they took the last wicket in the first innings, Brendon said to me ‘we are going to bowl again'. I said ‘thank you very much, Brendon'.

"Their bowlers toiled [62.1 then 162.1 overs) and that's a lot of yards in the legs.

"I guess my bowlers will be much fresher than their bowlers, so hopefully we can go into the second test and they'll be a bit tired and we will be a fresher team."

McCullum admitted the pace trio's workload could affect how they played the second test.

That could mean a chance for Central Districts' Doug Bracewell, but it could also mean the New Zealanders are more likely to bat first at the Basin.

"It depends on how the next couple of days go," he said.

"They put in a tremendous amount of work over the last few days and I couldn't ask for any more than what they've given. But they're young guys and they're very fit, strong and they love playing cricket for their country.

"It's certainly a factor, but we'll be OK."

Sammy said there was a chance spinner Sunil Narine, who bamboozled New Zealand in the Caribbean last year, could come into the side and possibly join Shane Shillingford as a tricky spin duo.

McCullum was hopeful Kane Williamson, who scored a hundred in Hawke Cup cricket yesterday, would be back, but was happy with what he saw from Williamson's replacement, Aaron Redmond.

Ad Feedback

- Sunday News

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should bouncers be banned from cricket?

Yes - they're too dangerous

Neutral - it is what it is

No - it's just bad luck when it goes wrong

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content