Love the way Edmunds gets one coach's story and I get five...
Looking forward to it. And a good piece from him APU, I might add.
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Well written Ed
Interesting, if not completely inadequte, report. McCullum opening was the stupidest idea I've ever heard. Oh, wait... no, that goes to Kyle Mills coming in at 3 to "protect" a completely gutless, and now married, captain.
Winning 2/3 of our ODIs is promising, and we have actually won series with 3 teams in them, the Natwest victory probably being the most pleasing. The 4-1 ODI series against SA in NZ was a very pleasing result, but I always thought Smith had the last laugh with a brilliant century against us to tie the Test series.
We're ranked 3rd in the world (last I looked), and that's where we came in the latest world cup, so I'm happy enough with that. Considering our talent, level of domestic cricket, number of professionals, I think it's quite well done personally, although I was naturally disappointed when we were knocked out by a team I know we can beat.
Tests? Well, do we actually play them? I can't remember, and that's half our problem. Not impressed we still do not have an opening partnership.
AND FLEMING IS NOT GUTLESS!!!!!!!!
For me, Bracewell was never the right appointment in the first place. As a coach, he's always been self-adoring and all too keen to pick his often flawed 'hunches'. The Marshall brothers, for example, piss me off no end. Both are not good enough technically to be playing top level cricket, especially test match cricket. James Marshall in particular is a waste of a space in the batting order. Bracewell, however, after having picked them on a hunch has to keep going back to them to prove to everyone that he wasn't wrong. Then, horror of horrors, he gives Hamish a spot opening the batting in a test match!! What an imbicile! He's not good enough for test cricket, so you let him open the batting?!?
Still, as another poster previously mentioned - that wasn't quite as poor a decision as promoting Kyle Mills to number three!! How the rest of the world must have laughed when he was out first ball!
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