Originally Posted by wellAlbidarned
At the moment it's 2 or 3 solid performers backed up by nothing.
The lack of a Shane Bond has nothing to do with our ****tyness, I don't know why everyone thinks that. We've NEVER had a bowler resembling Bond apart from, well, Bond, even in our stronger era(s). We just need some batsmen who can put some damn runs on the board.
Bond is certainly the only quality out and out fast bowler NZ has produced in the modern era - probably their second best pace/seam bowler ever.
All I was getting at was that a bowler like this gives any team the possibility of winning almost any match, especially a low-scoring one. It rarely happens, but then without that bowler it almost certainly won't.
A bowler of that quality (not necessarily that type) is like having a good striker in soccer - it gives the opposition something tangible to think about, inspires belief in your own side and so shifts the mentality of both teams.
Teams that don't score goals struggle and so do sides that struggle to get 20 wickets regularly.