Black Caps opening batsman Rob Nicol is nothing if not a realist.

Although his form in the one-day series against the West Indies in the Caribbean has been solid, the 29-year-old right-hander knows he's well overdue for a big innings.

His last chance in the five-match series comes on Tuesday (NZT) in St Kitts, when the Black Caps look to salvage some pride after the Windies took a 3-1 lead on Sunday with a 24-run win at Warner Park.

After winning the third ODI by 88 runs to keep the series alive, the Black Caps fell short in chasing an achievable 265 target.

Captain Ross Taylor, back two weeks after injuring his shoulder in the opening Twenty20, hit a superb 110 but could find little in the way of support from his teammates.

Nicol's fluent 35 from 32 was the next highest score, but that's of little consolation.

"I'm a realist, and I know that time is of the essence," Nicol said.

"I need to start producing scores of 100-plus for the side and being in partnerships."

Since making his ODI debut against Zimbabwe last year, Nicol has a useful average of 42.83, including two centuries and a high score of 146.

He's averaged over 30 in four ODIs against the West Indies, with his best score of 59 coming in New Zealand's 88-run win in the third match, but that big innings is preying on his mind.

"The reality of it is that pretty much for the whole series I've got myself into a position to be able to push on for the side, and then got out.

"I'm really hoping that I can forge something with someone in the group tomorrow."

NZ Newswire