Williamson vows Blacks Caps will fight

NZ Newswire Updated July 6, 2012, 4:55 pm

Stand-in Black Caps captain Kane Williamson admits his team haven't shown much to date, but says he still believes they have the ability to down an in-form West Indies outfit.

The Windies cantered to a nine-wicket win at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, on Friday in the first of five one-day internationals.

Coming off two heavy Twenty20 losses in Florida last week, the New Zealanders could take little that was positive from the loss.

Sent into bat, they struggled to reach 190-9 with only BJ Watling's 60 and Jacob Oram's 32 off 39 balls shining in a lacklustre innings.

In response, Chris Gayle hit his third consecutive half-century in belting an unbeaten 63 off 57 balls as the West Indies cruised to 136-1 off 24.2 overs to win the rain-interrupted match under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

With skipper Ross Taylor invalided out for at least another two games with a shoulder injury, Williamson has taken over the leadership of a largely inexperienced New Zealand team.

He says the last three losses have been frustrating.

"It is a setback and it is disappointing," Williamson said.

"But we know we're underdogs and hopefully this breathes a fearless attitude into our camp.

"We learnt some lessons today, and hopefully we can put those into practice."

The Windies field a well-balanced side, and display plenty of strength with both bat and ball. The Black Caps, short of match play over the last four months, have a lot of ground to make up, Williamson said.

"It has been one-sided, but we do believe we have the personnel ... we're young but we've got the potential to play very good cricket.

"It's a shame we've yet to see it, but we can beat anyone on our day."

The second ODI begins early on Sunday morning (NZT) at Sabina Park.

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  1. Peter Piper09:02am Saturday 07th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Now now people,just remember the Black Caps are on vacation on a island in the Bahamas,in fact,every time the leave NZ's shore,they are on a paid holiday.

  2. John07:39am Saturday 07th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    why do we pay you guys to travel around the world to play like prats, go hard and grow some nuts or go home and get a real job , sick of the excusses and hopeless play

  3. nilds12:20am Saturday 07th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    What a lot of knockers, makes me ashamed to be called a Kiwi .

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  5. handsome09:21pm Friday 06th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    i am to handsome to be that interested in cricket but the wahines are better looking than those rugby slappers

  6. Pdm306:31pm Friday 06th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Congratulations Kane Williamson. How the hell do you hope to fight the fact that you are all bloody useless, and a complete waste of oxygen. The Slack Caps should be dis-banded, returned here and forced to find 40hr per week jobs, like the rest of us.

  7. Richard Crikey06:19pm Friday 06th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Don't sample the local delicacies when you're in..... JAH.....MAIR.....CAR. The NZ team look stoned.

  8. Peter04:18pm Friday 06th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Foffa, lets not talk about capitulation to ordinary teams, you are the very ordinary team here and usually are. You win the ocassional game against OZ, Poms SA or India and you delude yourself into thinking you are world beaters. Get up and smell the coffee, you aint. As for you Kenneth this RUBBISH, as you call it, is the truth, you Kiwis just cant face it.

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  9. 04:04pm Friday 06th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Why oh why don't we all just stop giving NZ cricket the attention it doesn't deserve and rob them of their comfort zone and get out and enjoy NZ's 3 month summer? We don't need them, they need us and it might actually motivate the administrators to get it together and stop the overcharging and dance music at games.

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  10. Ricky03:59pm Friday 06th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    West Indians don't believe it is rubbish.


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