You have a point.
Are all games being shown on SKY in NZ?
Might get the sports package for a month if so.
McCullum does little against quality bowling
Ryder has a poor T20 record, doesn't seem to be his game
Taylor is a random across the line slogger in T20. It'll work occasionally, but less likely if the ball does anything and the bowling is good
Oram has just been absolutely hopeless in the IPL
Pakistan, Australia, India and South Africa all have comfortably better top orders. New Zealand aren't going to outgun top sides. They can grind sides down with long batting orders allowing for more aggression, good overall disciplined team display, consistent high quality fielding and the odd clever strategy/gamble.
You are a dick.
McCullum has scored 3 50s in his last 3 international t20s against India and Australia.
Your comment on Ryder is ridiculous if you can score quick in and ODI which he does regularly you can score quick in at Twenty20 ffs. Its a matter of time before he fires in a t20.
Guptill also just tore up the West Indies and Indian attacks, not too mention that innings he played at the Gabba against Australia.
Taylor does play accross the line a fair bit, but when it pulls off he wins the game for you.
Oram has been hopeless, but he hasnt had much cricket lately and he might just start to get into form.
India and South Africa probably do have a better top order than NZ, but Pakistan is nothing compared to NZ and Australias is about on par.
Im not saying NZ will take out the t20 world cup, but your post is ****ing ridiculous.
Forever the dark horses. They can win it this time.
I can't see Ryder batting as bad in the World T20 as he did for Bangalore, though to be fair he did get a couple of 1st over jaffas.
McCullum and Taylor came into form towards the end of the IPL.
I like the top 4. Not the best, but certainly not the worst- that's our top 4. Lol
All-Time Test XI:
Gavaskar, Boycott, Tendulkar, G.Pollock, V.Richards, Sobers, Gilchrist (wk), Warne (c), Waqar/Wasim, Lillee, Ambrose.
Scoring quickly in ODIs is completely different to scoring quickly in T20Is.
Scoring quickly in ODIs is a run a ball or thereabouts, which generally isn't nearly enough in T20.
A statistical comparison of NZ to India and South Africa:
McCullum- 27.71 @ 125.43sr
Ryder- 22.53 @ 121.62sr
Guptill- 17 @ 104.08sr (3 games only)
Taylor- 20.19 @ 127.66sr
Oram- 24.42 @ 156.68sr
Styris- 19.43 @ 113.33sr
Top 6 (combined) run average of 131.28 at a strike rate of 124.8
Sehwag- 22.27 @ 144.80sr
Gambhir- 29.81 @ 126.64sr
Raina- 24.75 @ 126.92sr
Rohit- 17.83 @ 122.98sr
Yuvraj- 29.11 @ 164.77sr
Dhoni- 17.92 @ 103.86sr
141.69 @ 131.66sr
Smith- 30.33 @ 127.27sr
Gibbs- 17.5 @ 133.15sr
Kallis- 10.75 @ 102.38sr (only 4 matches)
De Villiers- 12.57 @ 107.31sr
Duminy- 27.9 @ 133.49sr
A.Morkel- 21.85 @ 139.9sr
120.9 @ 123.93sr
Take from it what you will and bare in mind South Africa have recently face Australia and a pissed-off Tait.
Definitely not a crap top 6 by any means. I wish we had 1 as good!
Last edited by rivera213; 27-05-2009 at 06:43 PM.
****** it shows newzealands are not bad at all, & they've good bowlers too, i like Vetori, 3rd highest wicket taker in twenty 20 internationals. They're better than england, westindies & srilanka, same as Pakistan & Australia & a touch behind India & south Africa on paper (or the way people are rating teams)
If your calling NZ's top five horrible, whats the word to describe this bunch.
Australia's top five is also pretty bad:
Warner's crap, he is good for maybe 15-20 till he gets out. I haven't seen Watson for ages so I have no idea. Ponting is rubbish, and Dave Hussey is yet to prove anything at the international level. Symonds should be good though.
Boycott's favourites for the tournament, maybe England are better then I thought.South Africa and India. Maybe Australia and England.
Last edited by Howsie; 28-05-2009 at 12:39 AM.
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