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New Zealand Vs West Indies 2020 Series Review: Setback or Sunset for the Windies?

by Dec 15, 2020Previews and Reviews

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New Zealand vs West Indies – a mouth watering series start that ended completely one-sided.

There were plenty of moments nevertheless. In the T20Is, we witnessed an Eden Park thriller, a Pollard special, the Conway-Phillips record-breaking partnership, while there was the Williamson double, Blackwood-Joseph’s resistance, and Jamieson’s brilliance to name a few during the Tests.

The Kiwis swept both the T20I and Test series with key contributions from multiple players, while the West Indies began the tour with high hopes, had some bright moments, but yet again, went down without a fight.

Same old story.

Anyway, without further ado, here is our review of both the T20I and Test series between New Zealand and the West Indies.

Also Read: WI-NZ T20I Preview, What If Braithwaite’s Dream Was Not Diminished?

Results – New Zealand Vs West Indies

T20I Series: New Zealand Win 2 – 0

* Player of Match

  1. NZ won by 5 wickets (D/L)Lockie Ferguson*
  2. NZ won by 72 runs Glenn Phillips*
  3. No Result
Player of SeriesLockie Ferguson (New Zealand)West Indies
Most RunsGlenn Phillips – 130 runsKieron Pollard – 103 runs
Most WicketsLockie Ferguson – 7 wicketsOshane Thomas – 3 wickets
T20 Series Stats

Test Series: New Zealand Win 2 – 0

  1. NZ won by an innings and 134 runsKane Williamson*
  2. NZ won by an innings and 12 runs Kyle Jamieson*
Player of SeriesKyle Jamieson (New Zealand)West Indies
Most RunsKane Williamson – 251 runs (1 inning)Jermaine Blackwood – 216 runs (4 innings)
Most Wickets Tim Southee – 12 wickets (4 innings)Shannon Gabriel – 6 wickets (2 innings)
Test Series Stats

The Highlights

West Indies


  • Kieron Pollard continues his brilliant T20 form with a brilliant counterattacking 75* (37) with 8 sixes.
  • Andre Fletcher is back – 34(14), 20(14), 4*(3). 31 balls – 5 sixes. Short but impactful – suits WI’s style.
  • Hetmyer and Pooran needs to up their game in the international arena with another poor series.


  • Jermaine Blackwood establishes himself at the #6 spot with another display of counterattacking batting. 104 with a battling 69 in the second Test as well. Good hand by Joseph in the 155 partnership as well.
  • Roston Chase, once the driver of the engine room, now a liability? Struggling with batting form.
  • Joshua De Silva and Chemar Holder provided glimpses of West Indies’ future with debuts. The former with a maiden half century and the latter with the smooth bowling action

New Zealand


  • Devon Conway gets a chance & makes it count – 41 (29), 65*(37). Great story this after domestic toil and leaving South Africa.
  • Glenn Phillips cements his place with a brilliant 108, Ross Taylor loses his. End of Taylor in T20Is?
  • Lockie Ferguson may be the most impactful T20 bowler at the moment. Just trace back to the 1st T20I – WI 58-0 in 3.1 overs. Enter Ferguson. 12 balls later, West Indies 5-59. Ferguson ends with 5-21.


  • Kane Williamson shows his class with personal best 251.
  • Tom Latham and Nicholls show why they are an important cogs of the Kiwi line-up.
  • In Tests, Tim Southee is just as good as anyone. Southee-Boult-Wagner-Jamieson, devastating fast bowling line up.

We like to spice things up with our own awards for the series. Here they are:

New ZealandWest Indies
Emerging PlayerDevon ConwayJoshua De Silva
Surprise PackageKyle JamiesonJermaine Blackwood
Broken Cricket DreamRoss TaylorRoston Chase

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Where Do They Go From Here?

New Zealand

New Zealand are as close to the #1 Test rankings as ever before (tied at the top is a common Kiwi occurrence it seems). They are also challenging India for the spot in the World Test Championship Final.

The 2010 generation of Guptill-Williamson-Taylor-Watling-Boult-Southee will have to end some day but with Conway-Phillips-Seifert-Jamieson and even Will Young (debut)/Ravindra (NZ A), New Zealand are not going anywhere.

West Indies

A few weeks ago, we predicted West Indies winning the series 2-1, but it looks like West indies are not even winning in T20Is these days.

T20 cricket is not a worry for the West Indies. Yes the Windies are currently sitting at #10, but their style of playing still works in T20 cricket. Given their best fit line up (Andre Russell, cough cough), they are still contenders to defend their T20I World Cup.

For Test matches, it is just another story. Post-COVID, the win against England gave me hope, especially with Gabriel-Roach-Holder-Joseph, but check this out:

  • 32.4, 25.89, 36.47, 28.13, 29.2, 32.52, 32.04, 29.07
  • 38.37, 29.73, 35.91, 31.17, 36.57, 33.57, 26.18, 33.31

These are the Tests and first-class averages of the Top 7 who represented the West Indies in the second Test match (+ Shane Dowrich at the end).

Ian Bishop was right. The West Indies are not going to win with these first class averages.

Anyway, was this tour just a minor setback or a sunset for West Indies cricket? Only time will tell.

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