McCullum: Follow-on decision was tricky

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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum had an enjoyable day as skipper on Friday as his side won the second Test against the West Indies by an innings and 73 runs, but said he almost didn't ask them to follow on.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum had an enjoyable day as skipper on Friday as his side won the second Test against the West Indies by an innings and 73 runs, but said he almost didn't ask them to follow on.

The Windies were all out for 193 in their first innings, but McCullum pondered enforcing the second knock, after he did so in the first Test and the Windies pulled off a miraculous draw with the help of the weather.

But in the end, he put his trust in his bowlers and Trent Boult ended up taking 10 wickets in the match, adding four more to the six he took earlier on, and making it 16 wickets to fall on the day.

McCullum said after the match, which ended on day three: "The captaincy side of it was pretty easy to be honest because these guys kept bowling brilliant balls and kept putting them under pressure.

"The hardest point (of the day) was whether to enforce the follow-on. Everyone had different theories but we knew the next couple days were anticipated to be pretty clear overhead and probably the best batting conditions.

"I still thought we could not have enforced the follow-on, batted again and I would have confidence that Ish (Sodhi) and Kane (Williamson) would have been able to spin them out later.

"There was some doubt there and I've always been a fan of if in doubt take the aggressive action … (so) the decision was to back the seamers in favourable conditions and these guys responded brilliantly and thankfully it worked.

"So I certainly enjoyed today."

On top of his brilliant bowling, Boult took a one-handed catch to get rid of Denesh Ramdin with five wickets to go, and McCullum said he had been getting worried about having to come back for a fourth day until that point.

He said: "That catch was pretty key. It was starting to get a bit dark and I thought we might have to come back tomorrow and try to finish them off.

"But that catch was a real sign the momentum was with us and luck was going to go our way though (Trent) won't say it was lucky.

"To me that was the pivotal moment because it exposed their bowlers and gave us a real shot."

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