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    I enjoyed it - give the points victory to Flem. Athlai needs to think of some new reasons along the lines of how technically correct he looks and there are no flaws in his game to win over the neutrals.
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    Overrated XI M Bracewell, Burns, Rahane, Don Voges, Bairstow, Alecz Day, Donovan Grobelaar, Luke Ronchi, Faulkner, Dan Christian, Permaul

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    I'm not arguing for Ronchi to be in the squad. Just reckon Phlegm is blinded by his hatred of him since he is both a Direbird and an Aussie.

    He'd definitely be a name on the team sheet. I don't think he is a fantastic batsman or that he should ever be a NZ Test cricketer but when we're talking about injury cover and his peers are Craig Cachopa and Colin Munro. Ronchi is definitely a man you can say is in that category.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Wouldn't pick Munro either itbt.

    Craig Cachopa, Dean Brownlie, Daniel Flynn, Martin Guptill, Michael Papps, Aaron Redmond, Michael Bracewell, Daryl Mitchell...these guys all have more merits than Ronchi to play as specialist batsmen. If you want to break Munro's Law then Hay and Franklin deserve a nod.

    Ronchi's best way into the side is if you look at the list above, groan and tell Watling he's moving up to five. Ronchi then slots in at 7 with the gloves unless you back Watling to survive a few tests with a hard job and want the extra allrounder (Neesham) at 7 for some overkill.

    edit: Neesham > Gloveless Ronchi at 7. You get the batting plus some more bowling.
    You're surely taking the piss with Daryl Mitchell and Michael Bracewell too.

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    If I was "blinded by hatred" I would pick Munro ahead of him. If you want to play tit for tat then I could go low and say Wellingtonians are overly sensitive of criticism towards their only realistic test hopeful and overrate Ronchi. Ronchi isn't even the best batsman in his own team.

    Averaging around the 40 mark in the top four is more worthy of praise than scoring runs at number 7 due to how PS cricket currently works, and anyone who watches them can tell Michael Bracewell and others are closer to being proper batsmen than Luke Ronchi, not that it matters because in the event of injury I would elevate Watling and insert Neesham at 7 before playing many of those I listed.

    Ronchi is an excellent keeper batsman reserve but would be an awful specialist batsman selection due to the way he plays and where he bats, and if you want to put someone at 7 then Neesham offers more.
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    This isn't about whether Ronchi would be a good Test batsman or whether he is even next in line.

    What I am arguing is that his name would be with the next 5 or so blokes for that position.

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