West Indies get ready for New Zealand challenge

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- West Indies Captain Chris Gayle said his team will have to regroup and get ready for the upcoming series in New Zealand after losing 3-0 to Pakistan in the Fortune Cup One-Day Series in Abu Dhabi.

In the final match on Sunday, Gayle made 122 with six sixes and five fours ­-- his 18th One-Day century and second of the series ­-- to keep the target of 274 in sight, but the West Indies lost by 31 runs.

“We have a series against New Zealand next and we need to get the basics right,” Gayle said. “It is not going to be easy in New Zealand but we have to be ready and we have to go out there and fight. The conditions will be different from what we saw here in Abu Dhabi. We can expect the ball to do a bit more and we will have to make the adjustment.”

The skipper said that overall, the three-match series was “disappointing”, because the West Indies were in with a chance of winning all three games.

Gayle made 113 in the first match, Shivnarine Chanderpaul made 107 not out in the second match and Gayle followed up with another ton in the third.

“We had three centuries in three matches, and ended up losing all three. It is disappointing because we were close to winning the series but made some small mistakes here and there. We had a chance to win all three but we did not execute well enough and we paid the price,” he said.

In New Zealand the West Indies will play two Test matches, five One-Day Internationals and two T20 Internationals.

Team for Test matches New Zealand: Chris Gayle (Captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan (Vice Captain), Lionel Baker, Carlton Baugh Jr, Sulieman Benn, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Fidel Edwards, Leon Johnson, Xavier Marshall, Brendan Nash, Daren Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor.