Battered and bruised Black Caps battle onPeter McGlashan |
We’re on the bus on the way home after our first Super 8 game and it’s a chance to reflect on our victory over Ireland.
It was a fairly comprehensive performance from our side with only a few errors in the field preventing a nearly perfect team effort. It started at the top with new recruit Aaron Redmond dominating the opening partnership, outshining his more illustrious partner.
Redmond only joined the team last night, fresh from a few weeks of league cricket in Wigan. His form in domestic Twenty20 last season earnt him a chance and he took it with both hands, smashing the joint fastest 50 to date off 23 balls. It was a more classical innings than Gayle’s bashing or Dilshan’s innovation and was laced with drives around the ground.
He was deservedly named ‘Man of the Match’ and I only hope we can get him a shirt with his name on it rather than the taped up home made job he had to wear today. After originally being picked as a Test opener, he has expanded his game, those having seen his final test innings will remember the aggressive approach he had against Australia.
England are capitulating as we speak, we’ve got Sky Sport on the bus. South Africa are a very good side but we thought we had the measure of them the other day. It was a game we should have won after such a strong performance in the field. To fall short so meekly was very disappointing and we sure won’t make the same mistake next time.
We head back to London tomorrow and look forward to our battle against Pakistan. With Ross Taylor on the mend and Dan Vettori still recovering hopefully we have a full line up to pick from. Jesse is still crook and we wish him well with his recuperation.
As we’ve shown today though, we have depth across the board and in the extended squad.
So we live to fight another day, one step closer to a spot in the semis.
Bring it on!