Shiv hopes landmark spurs on Windies
WICB Media Release.
HAMILTON, New Zealand – Shivnarine Chanderpaul established a few more personal landmarks when he became the sixth highest all-time run scorer in Tests on Friday here – but he hoped his 29th Test hundred helps West Indies to earn a series-levelling victory against New Zealand.
The veteran left-handed batsman was undefeated on 122 – drawing level with the late Australian batting legend Don Bradman on the list of Test century-makers.
Chanderpaul added valuable runs with tail-enders Veerasammy Permaul and Tino Best to help West Indies post a first innings total of 367 on the second day of the third Test against New Zealand at Seddon Park.
It was Chanderpaul’s 17th unbeaten Test hundred and placed him ahead of recently-retired Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar with the most “not-out” Test hundreds.
Chanderpaul now has 11,199 runs from his 153 Tests, placing him ahead of former Australia captain and fellow left-hander Allan Border, who scored 11,174 runs from 156 Tests before he retired in March 1994, the same month the 39-year-old Chanderpaul made his debut.
“AB is a great man and scored a lot of runs against us when we had a lot of fast bowlers,” said Chanderpaul. “I’m happy to get up there. They are some really great guys up there.
“I’m just trying to take each game as it comes and do as well as I can. . .I have to thank God for giving me that hunger to want to go out there and do well.”
The previous day, Chanderpaul and Windies wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin, with his fourth Test hundred of 107, shared a new West Indies sixth-wicket record of 200 against New Zealand.
Chanderpaul said it was a satisfying to see the team’s plans finally fall into place.
“It was a fantastic effort from Denesh Ramdin and myself to get us to such a competitive total,” said Chanderpaul. “From having a good start, then the second session losing so many wickets, we managed to put us in a decent position.
“It’s the things we have talked about all season. Here and in India, we’ve been struggling, getting starts, but not going on. We’ve talked about batsmen getting hundreds and it was something we were able to do in this game so we are very happy about it.
“The New Zealanders have bowled pretty well, in good areas, which they have been doing throughout the series. They make things difficult, it wasn’t easy to score. They have done it throughout the series and keep on doing it.”
The fifth highest scorer in Test cricket is former teammate and fellow left-handed batting legend Brian Lara on 11,953, while Tendulkar heads the list with 15,921 from 200 matches.
The other players in front of Chanderpaul are Australia’s Ricky Ponting (13,378), India’s Rahul Dravid (13,288) and South African Jacques Kallis (13,140).
But Chanderpaul has no plans to chase any records, rather he wants to take things in stride and focus on West Indies winning the third Test against the Black Caps to earn a series draw.
The Windies trail 0-1 in the three-Test series, following a defeat by an innings and 73 runs in the second Test which ended last Friday at the Basin Reserve in the New Zealand capital of Wellington.
Rain forced a draw in the first Test which ended two Saturdays ago at University Oval in the South Island city of Dunedin.
“The wicket is going to spin,” said Chanderpaul. “It has a lot of grass on top of it and the ball will grip. It will be interesting to see what happens.
“You could say we were a bit surprised by the nature of this pitch, that it offered so much turn…If we bowl well enough anything can happen out there [on Saturday].”
He also expects off-spinner Sunil Narine to play a big part: “Sunil is a very good bowler. It doesn’t matter the conditions he’s playing in. He’s difficult to deal with when he gets it right. If comes and gets it right [on Saturday], he will be difficult to deal with.”
WEST INDIES (from): Darren Sammy (captain), Tino Best, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon Cottrell, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Veersammy Permaul, Kieron Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels, Chadwick Walton
NEW ZEALAND (from): Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Peter Fulton, Aaron Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Bradley-John Watling, Kane Williamson
UMPIRES: Ian Gould (England), Nigel Llong (England)
TV UMPIRE: Paul Reiffel (Australia)
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Team management unit
Ottis Gibson (Head Coach)
Richie Richardson (Team Operations Manager)
Andre Coley (Assistant Coach)
Stuart Williams (Assistant Coach)
C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist)
Hector Martinez Charles (Strength & Conditioning Coordinator)
Richard Berridge (Video & Statistical Analyst)
Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist)
Adriel “Woody” Richard (Media Relations Manager)
Results of matches
Wed 27 to Fri 29: New Zealand XI drew with West Indians – Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
Tue 3 to Sat 7: 1st Test – Match drawn – University Oval, Dunedin
Wed 11 to Sun 15: 2nd Test – New Zealand won by an innings and 73 runs – Basin Reserve, Wellington
Schedule of remaining matches
Thu 19 to Mon 23: 3rd Test – Seddon Park, Hamilton (10:30 a.m. daily)
Thu 26: 1st One-day International – Eden Park, Auckland (2 p.m.)
Sun 29: 2nd One-day International – McLean Park, Napier (2 p.m.)
Wed 1: 3rd One-day International – Queenstown Events Centre (11 a.m.)
Sat 4: 4th One-day International – Saxton Oval, Nelson (11 a.m.)
Wed 8: 5th One-day International – Seddon Park (2 p.m.)
Sat 11: 1st Twenty20 International – Eden Park (7 p.m.)
Wed 15: 2nd Twenty20 International – Westpac Stadium, Wellington (7 p.m.)
WICB Media Release.