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June 14, 2014
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No first-Test excuse

Star batsman Gayle says New Zealand were simply better

Chris Gayle has put the West Indies' loss to New Zealand in the first Test down to good all-round cricket from the visitors. The game, which ended inside four days at Sabina Park on Thursday, saw the West Indies going down 186 runs, to concede the initiative in their best of three series.

"It's a game of cricket, and we are not going to find any excuse," said Gayle.

"They outplayed us. They batted better and for longer periods, and when it came to their time to bowl their bowlers kept piling on the pressure.

"But it's not the end of the world as it's the first game of the series. We will just have to pick ourselves up and deliver a better performance next time out."

Gayle, who was playing his 100th Test, also said though getting a half-century in the first innings, he was disappointed with his overall returns.

Gayle made 64 in the first innings, and in the process surpassed Sir Don Bradman's 6,996 runs in Tests, and 10 in the second to become the eighth West Indian batsman to go past 7,000 runs.

"It was good to get to a couple milestones, but I wanted to do more to put the team in a better position, especially in the second innings when we were set such a big target." said Gayle.

New Zealand, after declaring their second innings on 156 for six set West Indies a victory target of 403, 45 minutes before the tea interval.

West Indies, however, could only manage 216, with the innings ending three minutes before the day's scheduled 6:00 p.m. close.

Trinidad and Tobago will play host to the second Test, which gets under way on Monday at Queen's Park Oval.

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