Like the rant, but don't agree with all of it. I don't think you can complain about lack of focus on FC cricket and then also complain about Tim Mac holding up a spot. He is a good FC batsman. I also think CdG is a good FC batting all rounder, better so far in his career than he has been at the short forms. From what I have seen of him, while he plays aggressive, it is orthodox aggressive and suited to 6 in FC cricket.
I do think Steang or whoever is in charge is missing out in the longer term succession planning though, and O'Donnell being kept around squad as 13th man while missing entire Prov A tournament and now first 2 matches if U19 tournament strikes me as extremely poor planning and coordination. I hated the Mustard selection for that FC match v Canterbury. Also I seem to rate Bartlett much higher than Strang/Hopkins. But tbh I'm not fussed if he is missing t20.
They have kept playing out of form batsmen on wrong side of 30; Vincent and Young. Will be interesting when Plunket returns ...
Also Auckland always so much depth and exports to other provinces, can't complain about that. Just like M Horne, Wiseman, Richardson going to Otago back in the 90s, Neesham getting a head start by going to Otago when still far too raw to get in Auckland team, is a good thing
Last edited by Immenso; 13-01-2013 at 01:54 PM.