Daniel Vettori joined Stephen Fleming as the most capped New Zealand Test player when he played his one hundred and eleventh Test for the BLACKCAPS at North Sound. Vettori has also played one Test for the ICC World XI.
At the other end of the scale Neil Wagner was making his Test debut at North Sound. He became Test BLACKCAP number two hundred and fifty six. He is the twenty first overseas-born player to play for the BLACKCAPS and the fourth born from South Africa.
Chris Gayle became the twentieth batsman to reach one thousand Test runs against New Zealand during the first Test at North Sound. He reached the milestone in just his thirteenth innings with England's Wally Hammond the only player to reach the mark faster, doing so in eleven innings.
Martin Guptill scored a century on his ODI debut against the West Indies but narrowly failed to emulate that feat in his first Test against them when he was dismissed for ninety seven at North Sound. Only four New Zealanders have scored a century in their first Test against the West Indies, with Mathew Sinclair heading the list with an innings of two hundred and fourteen.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul recorded just his fifth golden duck in his two hundred and forty fourth innings when Chris Martin dismissed him during the first Test. Jeetan Patel is one of the other four bowlers to have managed to dismiss him first ball when he caught him off his own bowling at Napier in the 2008-09 season.
Narine became the first West Indian bowler to bowl over five hundred balls in a match against the BLACKCAPS. The two hundred and twenty three runs he conceded in the match is also the most by a West Indian bowler against New Zealand, well ahead of the one hundred and sixty nine conceded by Adam Sanford in Bridgetown in 2002.
The West Indies victory in the first Test was their first against New Zealand since Bridgetown in 1995-96. Of the nine Tests prior to this series New Zealand had won four with the other five drawn.
The one hundred and twenty three added by Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum for the BLACKCAPS second wicket was their fourth century partnership together. Only John Wright and Andrew Jones (six) and Wright again with Trevor Franklin (five) have shared more century partnerships for New Zealand.
When Guptill was dismissed for forty two in the second innings of the second Test he narrowly failed to join Bevan Congdon and Stephen Fleming in scoring four consecutive half-centuries, the most for the BLACKCAPS against the West Indies.
New Zealand fielded a very inexperienced side in the second Test totalling just one hundred and eighty five caps between them. For the West Indies Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle alone had played two hundred and thirty five Tests out of their team total of four hundred and twelve Tests.
Doug Bracewell will be thinking Test cricket is easier than first-class cricket. In nine Tests he has taken thirty seven wickets at 24.05. In his other eighteen first-class matches he has collected just forty six more wickets at an average of 40.65.
Australia's Paul Reiffel was appointed to umpire his first Test match at North Sound becoming the twenty eighth person to both play and umpire Test cricket. Two New Zealanders in Eric Tindill and Jack Cowie are also on that list. Tindill, uniquely, also played and refereed international rugby.