'He was brilliant throughout' – Kane Williamson raves over debutant hero Tom Blundell

Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson has sung the praises of debutant Tom Blundell, after the wicketkeeper made a century on Test debut in the innings and 67-run win over the West Indies in Wellington.

Batting at number eight, Blundell, 27, reached three figures in his first Test match innings, having been called up as a replacement for regular wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

Speaking to media after the win, Williamson said that he was happy with the performance of Blundell.

"He was brilliant throughout," Williamson said.

"To come out and play a knock like he did, in some ways unique in terms of the situation that we were in... it required a lot of hard work."

"He's a mature guy, he's played a lot of cricket, it was great having him in the group - he did really, really well."

Blundell cracked a breathtaking century on debut against the Windies. Source: 1 NEWS



Video: Kane Williamson chuffed with Black Caps dominant win – 'It was a brilliant all-round performance'

Kane Williamson has sung the Black Caps' praises, after a dominant innings and 67-run win over the West Indies in the first Test in Wellington today.

New Zealand were always in control of the opening Test of the summer, bowling the Windies out for just 134 on day one, before scoring a whopping 520/9 in reply.

The Windies could never keep up with the huge deficit, bowled out on day four for 319 to lose by an innings.

Speaking after the win, Williamson said that he was happy with his side's effort to win inside four days.

"It was a brilliant all-round performance," he said.

"To really put the runs on the board when we had the opportunity with the bat, to get a long way ahead of the game with 500 plus, with a number of contributions from all players in the order is always a great thing going into the next game."

New Zealand stormed to an innings and 67 run victory against the West Indies in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

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Windies skipper Jason Holder bemoans first-innings collapse against Black Caps - 'We didn't help ourselves'

West Indies captain Jason Holder said he was particularly disappointed with his side's first innings collapse, after their loss to the Black Caps in Wellington today.

Batting first at the Basin Reserve, the Windies were skittled for just 134 runs, before New Zealand made 520/9 in reply. The tourists were then bowled out for 319 to give the Black Caps an opening win by an innings and 67 runs.

Speaking to media after the match, Holder said that his side couldn't allow themselves to be dismissed again so easily.

"We didn't help ourselves on day one," he said.

"To get bowled out on the first day of any Test match doesn't really put you in a good position going into the remaining days of a Test game."

"I thought we batted well in the second innings, but we gave ourselves too much to do after the first display."

New Zealand stormed to an innings and 67 run victory against the West Indies in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

The tourists folded for 134 runs on day one in their loss to New Zealand. Source: 1 NEWS