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    Given my current knee problems, I think I would have to turn down the call from the NZC. I struggle to get through a game of indoor cricket at the moment - though I did play last night and took four wickets. Blew one guys stumps away twice in two balls.... Love it.
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    Yeah... We can call up Ian Butler and Richie Sherlock instead. Crocks a plenty in NZ cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Given my current knee problems, I think I would have to turn down the call from the NZC. I struggle to get through a game of indoor cricket at the moment - though I did play last night and took four wickets. Blew one guys stumps away twice in two balls.... Love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Feb 2: v Canterbury Wizards at QE II Park, Christchurch

    Feb 3 v Canterbury Wizards at QE II Park, Christchurch

    Feb 5: Twenty20 at Jade Stadium, Christchurch.

    Feb 7: Twenty20 at Eden Park, Auckland.

    Feb 9: 1st ODI at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

    Feb 12: 2nd ODI at Seddon Park, Hamilton

    Feb 15: 3rd ODI at Eden Park, Auckland

    Feb 20: 4th ODI at McLean Park, Napier.

    Feb 23: 5th ODI at Jade Stadium, Christchurch.

    Feb 25-26: v Otago Volts at University Oval, Dunedin

    Feb 28-March 1: v Otago Volts at University Oval, Dunedin

    March 5-9: 1st Test Match at Seddon Park, Hamilton

    March 13-17: 2nd Test Match at Basin Reserve, Wellington.

    March 22-26: 3rd Test Match at McLean Park, Napier.
    Will those Canterbury Wizards games be one Twenty20 and one OD game? If so, why on Earth not go Twenty20 warm-up, Twenty20 Int, OD warm-up, ODIs?

    Interesting to play Tests at Seddon Park and McLean Park... have never seen a Test at either ground before. Though I'm not sorry Eden Park is off the agenda.
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    I was wondering about this too. For as long as I can remember when we played in NZ the Test venues were Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Is there a reason why NZC have sent us to these other venues? (I don't think we've played Tests in any of these venues If I'm right, apart from the big three the only other NZ venue we played Tests in was Dunedin. Mind you from what I've read NZ people say, we're not missing much by not playuing a Test at Eden Park. One request please: Can we have two ELEVEN a side FC pre Test warm ups and not this 12-a -side guff? PS - will the Black Caps remember what a Test match is?
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    I'd not bank on two proper 11-a-side games myself, TBH, sadly. The recent pattern has been one meaningless multi-player game then one proper one. I'd reckon that'd be likely to continue.

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    Why the hell have England agreed to this ludicrous schedule? THREE back to back tests! It's not like they've got the usual excuse of being obliged to offer seven ODIs according to reciprocity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poker Boy View Post
    I was wondering about this too. For as long as I can remember when we played in NZ the Test venues were Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Is there a reason why NZC have sent us to these other venues?
    I'm pretty glad they've gone for these venues. Less distance for Heath to travel between them and no need to catch the Interislander. Seddon Park is a proper cricket ground (more than can be said for most places we play cricket) but McLean Park.... Well, its okay, not the most salubrious of locations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poker Boy View Post
    I was wondering about this too. For as long as I can remember when we played in NZ the Test venues were Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Is there a reason why NZC have sent us to these other venues? (I don't think we've played Tests in any of these venues If I'm right, apart from the big three the only other NZ venue we played Tests in was Dunedin. Mind you from what I've read NZ people say, we're not missing much by not playuing a Test at Eden Park. One request please: Can we have two ELEVEN a side FC pre Test warm ups and not this 12-a -side guff? PS - will the Black Caps remember what a Test match is?
    Yep. No one watches Test cricket in New Zealand, so it's just as well to play games out of season in ****holes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greg View Post
    Why the hell have England agreed to this ludicrous schedule? THREE back to back tests! It's not like they've got the usual excuse of being obliged to offer seven ODIs according to reciprocity.
    Not like we've never agreed to said ludicrous schedules before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    Yep. No one watches Test cricket in New Zealand, so it's just as well to play games out of season in ****holes.
    Hey Samuel. Have you actually ever been to a game in NZ? In fact, have you ever been to NZ? Seddon Park's a lovely ground, Napier is a lovely city and the Basin Reserve is one of the greatest grounds in the world. And I.... I watch test cricket thankyouverymuch....

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    Haha, I don't think Hakon (that's S_V) was being totally serious, would be a touch out-of-character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Hey Samuel. Have you actually ever been to a game in NZ? In fact, have you ever been to NZ?
    Not guilty.

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    Seddon Park's a lovely ground, Napier is a lovely city and the Basin Reserve is one of the greatest grounds in the world. And I.... I watch test cricket thankyouverymuch....
    OK, change "no one" to "a number in triple figures".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    Yep. No one watches Test cricket in New Zealand, so it's just as well to play games out of season in ****holes.
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    Haha, I don't think Hakon (that's S_V) was being totally serious, would be a touch out-of-character.
    ****holes? I know Mick Jagger once described Imvercargill as "the asshole of the world" but calling some of these NZ's cities he's never been to "****holes" is harsh tstl

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    What was it Neil Finn once said about Hamilton? I think it was something along the lines of him only going there to use the escalator at the mall as that was all Hamilton had to offer.... I doubt much has changed to be honest.

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