Kemar Roach has described the pitch on which he took four wickets yesterday as "not an easy [one] to bowl on." He and Tino Best took six wickets between them to help bowl New Zealand out for just 260 on the first day at Sabina Park.
Roach said, "I would rate today's effort as a good performance. It was not an easy pitch to bowl on. It offered some moisture in the early stages, but then it flattened out and made batting quite easy."
New Zealand have suffered a major blow ahead of the second Test against the West Indies, a match they must win to avoid defeat in the two-match series, after talismanic all-rounder Daniel Vettori was ruled out with a groin strain.
Ravi Rampaul has been ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand, which begins on Thursday, with a groin injury. He has been replaced in the 13-man squad by Fidel Edwards. Tino Best is the other fast-bowler included in the squad who didn't play during the hosts' nine-wicket win in the first Test in Antigua.
West Indies won the first Test against New Zealand by nine wickets with around an hour to spare on the final evening at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. They reached their target of 102 in the 20th over of their second innings after Kemar Roach had ended with five for 60 to help bowl New Zealand out for 272 in their second.
Fast-bowler Trent Boult and wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling have been ruled out of the New Zealand side for the first Test against West Indies, which begins tomorrow in Antigua. Both men were named in the Black Caps' original 15-man Test squad back in May, but have sustained quad muscle injuries and missed the drawn warm-up match against WICB President's XI.
West Indies have announced their 13-man squad for the first Test against New Zealand on Wednesday in Antigua. They have been forced to make at least one change from the side that played the third Test against England at Edgbaston in June, with Darren Bravo out injured.
The West Indies completed a 4-1 One-Day International series win over New Zealand with a 20-run win in the final match in Saint Kitts.
Half-centuries from Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo helped the West Indies post 241 for nine before a haul of five for 27 from Sunil Narine helped bowl New Zealand out for 221 in reply.
West Indies recovered from a dreadful start to win the fourth One-Day International against New Zealand by 24 runs and clinch the series with a match still to play in St Kitts.
Their captain Darren Sammy had chosen to bat in overcast conditions following a slightly delayed start and his openers struggled early on. Johnson Charles, in particular, found the going tricky and had made just one from his first 15 balls, before hitting his 16th to Kane Williamson at mid-off.
The West Indies have made one change to their squad for the final two One-Day Internationals against New Zealand. Devon Thomas, a 22 year-old graduate of the Sagicor High Performance Centre, will replace Denesh Ramdin behind the stumps. Ramdin has been granted time off for his wedding.
New Zealand comprehensively beat the West Indies by 88 runs in the third One-Day International in Saint Kitts to claim their first win of the series.
Half-centuries from Rob Nicol and Nathan McCullum helped them reach 249 for nine and despite four wickets and an innings of 42 not out from Andre Russell, the home side were well beaten when they were bowled out for 161.
Since coming back from his international exile following his falling-out with the WICB, he has torn the New Zealand bowlers to shreds in all four matches played so far on their tour of Florida and the Caribbean. His comeback began with a 51-ball 53 in England last month, but really ignited with back-to-back half centuries against the hapless Kiwis at Lauderdale last weekend, before reaching a climax with his 20th ODI century in the second ODI on Saturday.
The West Indies have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the third One-Day International against New Zealand, which takes place in Saint Kitts on 11th July.
Convincing performances in the opening two matches saw the home side win comfortably by nine wickets and 55 runs at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels both smashed centuries as West Indies took a commanding two-nil lead in the five-match series against New Zealand.
The home side were inserted by stand-in captain Kane Williamson and lost Lendl Simmons - who again struggled in making three from 17 balls - early on to Tim Southee. Fortunately for them Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle added 88 for the second wicket inside 15 overs, before the former was dismissed by Tarun Nethula for 24 from 36 balls.
Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle scored unbeaten half-centuries as the West Indies cruised to a convincing nine-wicket win over New Zealand on the Duckworth/Lewis method in the opening One-Day International in Jamaica.
New Zealand were limited to 190 for nine after being invited to bat first by the home side and in reply, the West Indies reached a revised target of 136 for one.
Fast bowler Mark Gillespie has been ruled out of New Zealand's Test series in the West Indies as he has not recovered from an ankle injury.
He suffered extensive bone bruising and ligament damage after a severe ankle sprain which he picked up while running.
Injury-struck New Zealand have added left-arm quick bowler Trent Boult to their One-Day International squad ahead of the West Indies series.
Ross Taylor, Jacob Oram and Ronnie Hira all suffered injuries during the 2-0 Twenty20 International series defeat and Boult was originally on standby for the five-match ODI series.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have named a 13-man squad for the opening two One-Day Internationals against New Zealand.
The squad shows two changes from the team that travelled to England with Darren Bravo and Fidel Edwards missing, the former having flown home early from England with a groin injury.
Chris Gayle once again led West Indies' assault on New Zealand's bowlers in the second match in Florida.
Like yesterday, he was slow to get going, but, also like yesterday, he took a strong liking to Doug Bracewell's fast-medium pace, hitting him for consecutive sixes over long-on to bring up his fifty from 34 balls.
Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard dismissed any concerns about the nature of the pitch at Lauderhill as they blasted New Zealand's bowlers to all parts to help the West Indies to a comfortable 56-run win in the opening Twenty20 International.
The West Indies have called up uncapped leg-spinner Samuel Badree to a 13-man squad to play New Zealand in two Twenty20 Internationals in Florida.
Badree is set to be given a run in the team as the West Indies build towards the ICC World Twenty20 2012 with the games, scheduled for 30th June and 1st July.
New Zealand have named their 15-man squads to tour the West Indies for a series of Twenty20 Internationals, One-Day Internationals and Tests in June, July and August.
Brendon McCullum has been rested from the limited overs leg of the tour, James Franklin is not selected, enabling him to feature for Essex in Twenty20 cricket and Jacob Oram returns from injury.
The West Indies and New Zealand will play two Twenty20 Internationals in Lauderhill, Florida to open a series of matches that also included five One-Day Internationals and two Tests.
The matches will be played on 30th June and 1st July before the ODIs are hosted by Jamaica and Saint Kitts between 5th and 16th July.