New Zealand aims Windies whitewash


Ronsford Beaton, the Windies pacer, was on Sunday (December 24) reported for an illegal bowling action during the second One-Day International against New Zealand in Christchurch. West Indies have lost 15 out of the 21 ODIs they've played this year, failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy in England - a contest between the eight top ranked teams in the world - and they also lost out on a direct entry into the 2019 World Cup.

George Worker hit four fours and two sixes in his 53-ball knock of 58 on Saturday against the West Indies. Beaton made his debut in the first ODI of the series in Whangarei last Wednesday.

Martin Guptill is healthy again after missing the West Indies ODIs with a left hamstring issue and is nearly certain to be paired with Munro for the five-match Pakistan ODI series, beginning in Wellington on January 6.

Henry Nicholls and Todd Astle gave New Zealand a major spark towards the end of their innings as they put together a 130-run partnership, during which Nicholls surpassed his fifty and Astle was on the verge of bringing up his own.

Boult took 7-34 in 10 overs to help the hosts bowl the Windies for just 121, chasing a mammoth target of 326. However, he will be allowed to bowl in the remainder of the series after which Beaton's action would be examined.

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Kyle Hope, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer fell in different ways to Boult - bowled, caught hooking, caught off a skier behind the stumps and caught at slip - who had a spell with figures of 6-1-29-4.

When Boult had finished off the West Indies top order, Lochie Ferguson plucked out the middle with three wickets in 10 deliveries, including Jason Mohammed and Rovman Powell with successive balls. With a brace of half-centuries already in this series, another strong show will make things interesting on the selection front once Guptill is fit.

To make matters worse, newcomer Ronsford Beaton has been pulled up for a suspect bowling action.

The visitors had New Zealand in a spot of bother at 186 for 5 but Nicholls, who ended with a career-best 83 off 62 balls, more than steadied the ship.

Tom Latham needs 133 runs to complete 2000 runs in One-Day Internationals. We were trying to get 300 in 25 overs, when we had 50 overs to get it. Nice to get out of the house [for training] and earn the Christmas ham. "But to go out and get seven was something I wasn't really expecting".