45 overs of upwind bowling is a really important consideration and why Nicky Boje got 53.2 overs, more than Pollock and Ntini, in 2004. We don't have the useful Styris-type option we used to. Gillespie has done it a lot obviously, Bracewell looks the ideal sort of build but has only bowled 21 FC overs there in total.
Not a very consistent bunch the NZ selectors. They still seem to trying things in the hope that can chase down some magic formula which will make them suddenly become a good side. They have to realise the limitations. The batting will be ****e whoever they pick, but a bowling unit that performs will always give you some chance in Test cricket. Unless South Africa implode to Vettori I don't see how 3 seamers and a slow medium is going to win you a game.
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Personally pleased to see the distinct possibility NZ will go into the next Test with six specialist batsmen, with Vettori dropping at least a spot and allow for Brownlie and Flynn to return to the side. On balance and on paper think this gives them a much better look, more solid, and more likely to put SA under pressure with a more imposing first-innings total, of course that won't be easy at all against this SA attack, but I do think it gives them a better chance of competing,
I appreciate some people prefer the five-man bowling attack look, but I think with Gillespie, Martin, Bracewell and Vettori it carries enough threat with a competitive score on the board.
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The fourth seamer hasn't justified selection, whether it be Arnel, Boult or Southee. In fact I believe those three have a combined 1 wicket in two Tests, unless Boult got two in Dunedin.
Workloads will be a moot issue. Vettori will bowl a truckload into the wind and he hasn't been an attacking option in any case. All three rotate downwind, with Brownlie's overs to offer as well for short periods.
If there was a wicket-taking fourth seamer option, I'd want it in the pursuit of 20 wickets and a victory. There isn't.
Yes, we'll probably still score 250 odd. But what is the harm in giving ourselves the best chance to improve on efforts with the bat, which at the end of the day has cost us a Test and stymied us from being in a much better position in the other. Absolutely believe they have the right mix now, as long as Flynn batted at 5 with McCullum opening and Williamson at 3. But sounds like they won't.
Boult has certainly shown that he should get at least a few more games to prove himself. Has all the tools.
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