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Cricket: Bravo brings New Zealand down to earth

Jesse Ryder made a fruitless return to the global stage Thursday, as a new look West Indies attack carved through New Zealand in the opening one-day international Thursday. Ryder's return after a 22-month exile was the focal point before the match but the swashbuckling opener only lasted five balls to start a New Zealand collapse that ended in the 43rd over for 156. With the introduction of one-day specialists both sides bear little resemblance to the squads that featured in the just completed Test series comprehensively won by New Zealand.

Cricket: New Zealand out for 156 in ODI

New Zealand were all out for 156 in the 43rd over in the opening one-day international against the West Indies in Auckland Thursday. Brendon McCullum made 51 and Nathan McCullum 47. For the West Indies Dwayne Bravo took four for 44. cf/mfc/mtp

Cricket: New Zealand aim to ram home advantage

New Zealand will field an unchanged side for the final Test against the West Indies starting in Hamilton on Thursday as they chase back-to-back victories for the first time in nearly six years. The home team are hot favourites to seal the three-match series after snapping a year-long win drought by wrapping up the second Test inside three days against a struggling West Indies side who will now be missing suspended legspinner Shane Shillingford.

Cricket: New Zealand 186-3 at tea against West Indies

New Zealand were 186 for three at tea on the first day of the second Test against the West Indies at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Wednesday. Ross Taylor was not out 70 with Brendon McCullum on 37. Tino Best has taken two wickets for 47. cf/bp/jw

Cricket: Taylor keeps New Zealand in firm control

Centurion Ross Taylor ensured a commanding New Zealand first innings total against the West Indies on Wednesday, despite the loss of two further wickets including skipper Brendon McCullum. New Zealand went to lunch on the second day of the first Test in Dunedin at 445 for five with Taylor on 144 and BJ Watling on 26. McCullum added just four to his overnight total to be removed for 113 and Corey Anderson failed to score after New Zealand resumed the day at 367 for three.

Cricket: New Zealand 445-5 at lunch against Windies

New Zealand were 445 for five at lunch on the second day of the first Test against the West Indies in Dunedin on Wednesday. Ross Taylor was not out 144 with BJ Watling on 26 after Brendon McCullum was dismissed for 113. cf/mp/jw

Cricket: McCullum, Taylor tons put New Zealand on top

New Zealand's Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor tamed the toothless West Indies attack on the opening day of the first Test on Tuesday, both scoring centuries as the home side reached an imposing 367 for three. At close of play McCullum was 109 not out off just 122 balls, with Taylor unbeaten on 103. Hamish Rutherford (62) and Peter Fulton (61) earlier chipped in with half centuries on a dispiriting day for the tourists. New Zealand lost the toss but quickly made the West Indies attack look ordinary despite a green-tinged wicket and cloud cover for much of the day.

Cricket: New Zealand 367-3 at stumps against Windies

New Zealand were 367 for three at stumps on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies at University Oval in Dunedin on Tuesday. Brendon McCullum was not out 109 with Ross Taylor on 103. cf/ajc/ac

Cricket: N. Zealand lose Williamson on eve of Windies Test

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the opening Test against the West Indies starting in Dunedin on Tuesday with an injured thumb. His withdrawal opens the way for Aaron Redmond to return to the side after a five-year absence. Williamson, who bats at number three, fractured his left thumb playing against Bangladesh in late October, and captain Brendon McCullum said it was always going to be a close call whether he would be fit for the first West Indies Test.

Cricket: West Indies warm-up ends in draw

The West Indies' tour match against a New Zealand XI in Lincoln on Friday ended in a draw, with both sides taking batting practice ahead of next week's Test series. Black Caps openers Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton made 73 and 52 respectively at the top of the New Zealand XI's second innings before they retired. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum could manage only 10, adding to 22 in the first innings, as his search for form continued.
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