Originally Posted by SteveNZ
Hahaha I'm glad we're selected our side based on straw man's humour. I'm okay with that. Play on Rob!
Watling isn't even a first choice in ND's side, and he's actually bemused himself that he continues to get picked in T20 sides internationally.
I dunno, I don't feel Nicol or Watling offer anything that Vettori, McCullum etc can't do themselves at 6 or 7. If one bowler doesn't come off, we have back-ups. If the order I posted doesn't do the job, no one will.
What happened to all our middle order players who could give it a bash? We used to have them in abundance. I have said this elsewhere, but Styris would still fit right into this side:
However, it looks like we are a batsman short if they insist on playing Jimmeh at the top, so we might have to suffer through Nicol coming in and spending his first five balls playing ugly hoicks whilst frustrating McCullum or Taylor into playing a dumb shot.
Greatest Ever Test XI (according to my ratings): Hobbs, Hutton, Bradman (c), Headley, Lara, Sobers, Gilchrist (wk), Hadlee, Marshall, Steyn, Muralitharan 12th man: Imran Khan
Favorite XI: Grace (c), Trumper, Richards, Lara, Compton, Gilchrist (wk), Cairns, Jessop, Warne, Bond, Trueman