Originally Posted by Flem274*
What's with all the Vincent love? He hasn't scored a FC ton in years and is in his mid 30s. Considering his technique is very reliant on his eye and he isn't scoring runs at his age, it suggests in the whites his decline is terminal. Fulton probably shouldn't be there but he should be there before Lou Vincent.
He hadn't played FC cricket before now in years tbf. So he's got to get back playing at a good level for 4+ day cricket.
If you look at his Test career, he was dropped on form once after the Pakistan 03 series, after scoring 8, 4, 0 and 4 in the 2 Tests. Although, in the two test innings prior to that in India he scored 67 & 106. He was recalled to the side to play a middle order role vs Australia and performed solidly enough to keep his spot and score a double tonne vs Sri Lanka. Then went to Zimbabwe as an opener and scored 13 & 92. When he got back to NZ he voiced his displeasure at being forced to open, after cracking it where he was used to batting pre-Tests (i.e. middle order). So, he was left out because of that and not on a question of form. Then he managed to get called up as an injury replacement in SA 2007, not disgracing himself in a first innings where Cumming's 48 was our best score, then had to open in the 2nd due to Cumming's injury. Unsurprisingly, he never got another game.
Basically, he should've played more than he should. I don't think because of those things does he deserve a shot now, but he could
play again if he were to get back into form. For all his weaknesses he's shown he can handle Test cricket, and since he's opening for Auckland I guess he thinks thats where his best bet is.
Originally Posted by straw man
I have the same problem remembering these things - looked up and it was around 09/10 he was back. One of his comments was:
He's always been someone who's been frustrated by bull**** and mismanagement, which as we've seen this week, NZC produces a lot of. His comments there may be a bit off, but it shows someone who has a hunger to play international cricket at any cost, with a bit of a killer instinct which NZ players often sorely lack.