He seems vulnerable to that delivery that comes back in - I would focus on that weakness.
Starting to get pretty furious with the anti-udrs talk from Smithy.
ffs without udrs you don't get a Hobart victory. No one cares about the magic of the moment if they're on the wrong side of the moment you ****s.
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^I thnk the point they are making is UDRS is ok - but the umpire initiated reviews of no balls sucks - and I agree.
Not going to see much, if any more of this test over the weekend. Good luck kiwis.
Dougeh, what a find. 3/53 on a flat pitch against these ****s.
Does anybody else think that Trent Boult looks like Beetlejuice?
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Even if we don't win this test - I think we have done ok - with Brownlie back it would make a MASSIVE difference. You can't carry a passenger, Nicol, in a test match. I have found at club cricket level that replacing a liability with a strong player lifts the team immeasurably. The liability actually not just adds no value but actually hurts the team either through poor bowling or by throwing your number 3 into the fray in the 3rd over of the game.
After saying all this watch Nicol ton up in the second dig and turn everyone into his fanbase.
Just checked the score which was so predictable. It's often possible to compete against quality sides in the first innings; it's the second innings which is the real killer. I suppose that is the basic point of test cricket.
If Smithy is banging on about the magic of the moment, then he needs to lay off the hot dogs (he needs to anyway). But the predicted paths often bemuse me.
There's been one both ways in this game, in my opinion. Tahir had a shout reviewed on Vettori that looked nothing like it was going as far down leg as it showed on DRS. In fact when I saw it live and slowed down I thought it was hitting middle and leg, leg at worst. Then the Rudolph one, which managed to be an in-swinger to him which magically pitched outside leg and straightened to hit middle.
Rudolph even started walking off when he saw it and the fact Doug hadn't overstepped. Dar was bemused as well.
what has gone wrong with Southee? He is pants now. Sad really. Philander is gotta be lickin his lips now. Get rid of BMc, Taylor and Vettori and the game is won.
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What's your counter to that? This isn't a religious discussion where gut feel, faith & belief can be used as a valid argument.
Mine is that they're using it. As inept as the ICC is, they wouldn't just chuck a totally unproven system into the mix without trials & data.
My counter to it is simply that the players don't rate it. Their opinion holds more weight than mine. Read the papers tomorrow.
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