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Dunedin Test drawn after wash-out

First Test, Dunedin, day five:
New Zealand 365 & 44-2 drew with West Indies 340
Match scorecard

New Zealand's players try a game of cards
Cards was the only game possible for New Zealand's players

New Zealand and West Indies settled for a draw after rain washed out the final day of the first Test at Dunedin.

The outcome already seemed inevitable after bad weather earlier in the game and a further downpour left the umpires no option but to call it off.

The home side had been due to resume on 44-2 with Tim McIntosh 24 not out and Daniel Flynn on four.

They have injury worries about Jacob Oram and Ross Taylor for the second Test, which starts in Napier on Friday.

All-rounder Oram is still struggling with a calf muscle strain which forced his late withdrawal from the opening game.

But the Kiwis are hopeful that batsman Taylor will be able to play despite dislocating and chipping a bone in his right ring finger when he dropped debutant Brandan Nash in the slips during the West Indies innings on day four.

West Indies, meanwhile, were satisfied with their efforts in the game and skipper Chris Gayle hailed Jerome Taylor for an "outstanding" innings of 106.

"I've played with him in the Jamaica team as well. I've always known that Jerome could go out there and give us something big; we've spoken about it on many occasions. He's becoming a good all-round cricketer," said Gayle.



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