Neesham prioritises win over century

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All-rounder Jimmy Neesham has insisted a fine century on day two of the first Test against the West Indies at Sabina Park in Kingston won't amount to much, if New Zealand don't win.

All-rounder Jimmy Neesham has insisted a fine century on day two of the first Test against the West Indies at Sabina Park in Kingston won't amount to much, if New Zealand don't win.

Neesham, who scored a superb 137 not out on debut against India in Wellington earlier this year, recorded a cool, calm and collected 107 in Jamaica on Monday.

His solid vigil, alongside a great 113 from batsman Kane Williamson and complementary 89 from wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling, pushed the tourists to 508 for seven declared. The Windies later moved to 19 without loss.

"This is very pleasing although in the first Test we had a draw, and in this Test it is looking quite flat, I think the major milestone will be getting that first Test win," said Neesham.

"Individual stuff is nice, but the reason you play is to win games, so that's sort of pending at the moment. We just talked about getting started again and get a partnership going.

"Then we knew that from talking to the top order batsmen that if we could get in and face 20 to 30 balls then scoring would become a bit easier after that. We just talked about getting into good positions and defending strongly and then after that expanding and looking to get runs."

The recipient of consecutive tons at the start of a very promising Test career, the 23-year-old Neesham conceded expectations will be high across the remainder of the series – and beyond.

"I think anyone who starts well in their career is going to have to deal with expectations from that point on but I think I have been put in good stead playing fair bit of first-class cricket before coming into the Test match arena, so hopefully I'll be able to keep my head level and then just move on and look to perform in the next game as well," he concluded.

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