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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    I'd have Fleming there, but the gloves would probably go to Ian Smith. McCullum has a very good record though.
    TBH have seen bugger all of Smiths keeping, but I generally think McCullum's keeping recently has been superb (obviously better than he started) and after 20+ Tests McCullum has the same amount of centuries and fifties as Smith had after 60+.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NZTailender View Post
    Anyway, our all time best test XI?
    Bruce Edgar
    Adam Parore
    Ken Rutherford
    Bev Congdon
    Mark Greatbatch
    Lee Germon (*)
    Jock Edwards (+)
    Chris Pringle
    Ian Butler
    Dion Nash
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Bruce Edgar
    Adam Parore
    Ken Rutherford
    Bev Congdon
    Mark Greatbatch
    Lee Germon (*)
    Jock Edwards (+)
    Chris Pringle
    Ian Butler
    Dion Nash
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    What do you mean? Jock Edwards as keeper and then Germon and Parore... well, they'd make pretty good slip catchers. You won't find much better middle orders in the history of test cricket than the trio of Greatbatch - Rutherford - Congdon. Brucey was a great opening bat, and what better bowlers to open up for you than Heath and Ian Butler? Having Dion Nash as first change is just a bonus.

    The team is completed by Chris Pringle. A New Zealand team without a dibbly-dobbly seamer that can also bat just isn't a New Zealand team (see also Shane Thomson, Lance Cairns and Shayne O'Connor)

    NB. Shayne O'Connor couldn't bat.


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    What about Glenn Turner

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    What about Glenn Turner
    Nah - he reminds me of a turnip with glasses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZTailender View Post
    Anyway, our all time best test XI?

    1. B Sutcliffe
    2. G Turner
    3. A Jones
    4. M Crowe
    5. S Fleming*
    6. C Cairns
    7. B McCullum+
    8. R Hadlee
    9. D Vettori
    10. S Bond
    11. J Cowie
    Reid for Fleming
    Donnelly for Jones

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    So we've got:

    Sutcliffe
    Turner
    Donnelly
    Crowe
    Reid (c)
    Cairns
    McCullum (wk)
    Hadlee
    Vettori
    Bond
    Cowie

    I might be inclined to stick in Fleming ahead of Reid. Reid was a good all-rounder, but we already have an excellent one in Cairns. Even without Reid, the team would have four very good seam options.

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    I see that on Cricinfo, NZ's summer schedule has been announced. Bangladesh and England to tour, followed by NZ's tour to England in May 2008

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    Alright schedule for us, touring SA, Aus and then hosting England and Bangladesh. Not sure about March tests though tbh.

    At least we get a good chunk of international matches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZTailender View Post
    Alright schedule for us, touring SA, Aus and then hosting England and Bangladesh. Not sure about March tests though tbh.

    At least we get a good chunk of international matches.
    Yup. No offence to any Sri Lankan fans, but thank Christ we're not playing them this year...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macka View Post
    Yup. No offence to any Sri Lankan fans, but thank Christ we're not playing them this year...



    Nice one, Macka. Yes, I think the Sri Lankans'll be pretty glad not to have to play tests in NZ for a couple of years!!!

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    The ch...I mean Murali would have retired by then hopefully

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    Looks as though Papps and How will open in South Africa.


    Bracewell, who has secured his job for two more years, believes a priority should be for Wright to work with Jamie How and Michael Papps during the Test tour of South Africa in November. "We are going to have inexperienced openers so I would love to have John for that South African Test series, because that is where we are going to be vulnerable," Bracewell told the Dominion Post


    At least they're not middle order players being made to open. But at the same time, Cumming was solid in his last test while How was abysmal. I guess it's a looking to the future thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiery View Post
    The ch...I mean Murali would have retired by then hopefully

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