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  • Stephen Fleming

    33 97.06%
  • Matthew Sinclair

    26 76.47%
  • Richard Jones

    4 11.76%
  • Craig Cumming

    6 17.65%
  • Matthew Horne

    3 8.82%
  • Peter Fulton

    12 35.29%
  • Jamie How

    10 29.41%
  • Lou Vincent

    6 17.65%
  • Scott Styris

    19 55.88%
  • Nathan Astle

    31 91.18%
  • Craig McMillan

    8 23.53%
  • Michael Papps

    16 47.06%
  • Hamish Marshall

    23 67.65%
  • Brendon McCullum

    7 20.59%
  • Jacob Oram

    17 50.00%
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Thread: NZ Batting Top 6

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    NZ Test Batting Top 6

    NZ TEST BATTING TOP 6

    Fleming is certain to be there, and is likely to open after what Bracewell and co said the other week. He's certainly good enough to open in Tests, and already has built up a good record opening. But who to partner him?

    Sinclair seems an obvious option, but he is more of a natural 3-converted opener. Richard Jones has been in good touch lately, and his gritty batting is similar to Richardson. Jamie How has been the form batsman of the State Championship, but his form has dipped lately, and his inexperience could count against him for the Test series.

    Styris is in a terrible patch of form at the moment, while Vincent recently hit a big century to keep his hopes of a Test recall. Fulton is also putting his name into the hat with a quickfire 150-odd. McMillan is another option in the middle-order. My Top 6 for the Test series would be Fleming and Sinclair to open, with Vincent, Astle, Marshall and Oram rounding out the Top 6.
    Last edited by Ming; 22-01-2005 at 02:37 AM.
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    vincent is far too inconsistent to be a successful test batsman IMO and he shouldn't be rushed into the test side based on one innings, but in saying that if he continues to put up good numbers he deserves to be in the mix

    Fleming
    Papps
    Sinclair
    Fulton
    Astle
    Marshall

    for the record this is the top six i'd pick - not neccessarily the one i think the selectors will take on

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    I don't see why we don't open with Astle in the tests as well now.
    My ideal top 6 would be:
    Fleming
    Astle
    Sinclair
    Styris
    Marshall
    Oram
    I think these are the 6 best batsmen in the country at the moment. An in form McMillan might push Sinclair or Styris for a spot.
    Last edited by Fiery; 22-01-2005 at 02:30 AM.

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    Eh, one problem...Cairns is retired from Tests....

    Bryce, why would you pick Papps? Apart from his 129, all his scores have been below 20 this season. He's in a horrible patch of form unlike last season.


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    he's currently 30* at the moment but that means nothing at this stage, i've just always seen him as the long term solution for some reason, he's been dominating domestic cricket the past two seasons before this year and IMO it's only a matter of time before he finds his form again(perhaps tomorrow?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ming
    Eh, one problem...Cairns is retired from Tests....
    Yeah sorry...brain freeze

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    craig cumming is an interesting one but would most probaly be a short term option if selected, i wouldn't argue if he was picked though

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    ming is this for the test side???
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    I definitely like Papps as a batsman, but he, along with Fulton have been pretty inconsistent this season. Same with recruit Tim McIntosh.

    Why isn't Richard Sherlock playing for Canterbury? Injured?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nibbs
    ming is this for the test side???
    well we don't have too many issues with the one day side do we

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ming

    Why isn't Richard Sherlock playing for Canterbury? Injured?
    yep, another bowler with a back injury i think

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    Quote Originally Posted by nibbs
    ming is this for the test side???
    Yes, I can't seem to be able to change the title to add "TEST".

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    not having looked at the stats to confirm this, but IMO Cumming would seem to have been the most consistant opener so far this season, while How was the form opener at the start of the season - at least until the travelling circus hit the road...............

    as it stands those 2 would be my front runners as genuine openers, with Vincent in for consideration in a 6 man batting lineup...........

    however I do not see the selectors blooding a new pair v AUS, and if I had to pick 1 I'd go for Cumming atm - consistancy, experience at FC...........

    in reality I expect to see Flem & Sinclair open, with a middle order of Astle, Styris, McMillan, then Oram, McCullum & Vettori.............or they could mix it with McCullum at #3 or #4 to add some solidarity to the top of the batting.............as IMO a rescue attempt @ #7 without genuine batting partners is an exercise in futility more often than not..............

    which ever way they go I'm almost positive it will be make-shift in more ways than 1 but it will be based upon the current squad from AUS, and it will be because it is AUS & they have not had the chance to tinker ahead of the series..........

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    Sinclair? He's just had 7 scores of over 50, and his average would crash if you did not count his two doubles. Besides, he only averages 14 against the Australians. He's a middle-order player and not an opener- he doesn't have the technique. Fleming would make a better opener than him, given he has a better average and he's scored runs against a quality bowling attack.
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    Fleming - See astle
    Astle - Tried and True
    Sinclair - Excellent batting ability.
    Marshall - Good at placing the ball
    Fulton - He needs more chances at International level
    Oram - Good batting skill with Six hitting abilities.
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