And I wouldn't worry about that ODI batting line-up as much as I would the bowlers. Where the hell are 10 wickets going to come out of Mills-Nethula-McCulluN-an out-of-form Southee-Oram? Same issue as the South African series and they've gone and dropped McKay, who has never done a thing wrong. Even could have picked Gillespie. It's weak.
B) If it's worth as much, then Watling still keeps his spot as the incumbent (before injury)
C) Watling is a better long-term option
I understand the van Wyk is gutsy frenzy that came, but at the end of the day the guy still didn't capitalise on starts. 60s-70s even and I might be different.
People who say Watling>Van Wyk didn't watch enough of the test series against South Africa.
Van Wyk is a journeyman. A very gutsy one at that, and us Kiwis dig that. I get that.
But everyone is missing the fact that he had five knocks, scored more than 20 in four of them but never made more than 39. He averages 24, albeit against South Africa. It's not exactly knocking the door down.
Watling was the incumbent. Everyone (McCullum apart, obviously) was available for the Zim Test and he was picked - ahead of van Wyk. So he was the incumbent, before injured. And now he's back, and will take the gloves.
He deserves that chance, whatever his age is in any case. I'm just saying if you split it, and it seems like it is a fairly evenly-balanced argument, Watling is a lot younger, plays all three formats now etc etc.
As for de Boorder, won't get too many arguments from me that he's a player in waiting.
No, I'm a van Wyk vote. I don't want to see Watling's iron hands and inexperience anywhere near a Gayle or Chanderpaul snick -
Hopefully I don't need to make a vindictive 'compare and contrast' video at Watling's expense.
here that Watling be keeping in tests.
I don't have a huge preference for either at this stage.Perhaps not surprisingly given his economy rate is on the high side, Wagner has not been named in the one-day and Twenty20 squads.
Neither has McCullum, with a fit-again BJ Watling to keep wickets in all three forms.
I don't care what people's opinions are because there is an argument to be made either way. But just don't call watling the incumbent. He only played one test. That does not make you an incumbent.
Really looking forward to this one and see this as a chance for us to have a clean sweep of all the series to be honest!! , i just wanna see how we play with all the big guns back in the team, no more excuses, lets see what the likes of Gayle, Narine and possibly Pollard can add to the test side when the kiwi's come to town, also depending on how he does for the A-team vs India this might be the series where we see Jason Holder for the first time aswell.
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