Nah I think the batting is the same as it was in the last 5 years or so, it's just now the bowlers are 140kph on fair pitches* and opposed to 120kph on roads and most can't cope.
So rather than appearing to have heaps of batting depth, we are being told the truth. Hopefully the bump in bowling talent will see the batsmen adjust, but that will take some time.
*Colin Munro Park excepted.
There's something wrong, and it's not good news for New Zealand cricket when the centuries are being scored by guys deploying brute force and ignorance. If we went by Domestic results, we'd be batting with a team of #8s with Jesse Ryder thrown in. Exceptional strike rate guaranteed, but would be ripped apart by a team of international bowlers.
Why is it that these 140km/h pacers can take top order wickets but not lower order wickets? This isn't a flash in the pan thing, it's the story of the season.
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Yeah I dunno. Inexperience maybe? There's some pretty youthful attacks out there I guess.
Just had a look at the most runs chart, and of the 10 guys with over 300 runs and averaging 50+, 9 are top six batsmen. A lot of them are names we've seen before though.
With Andrew being the sneaky lower order hero in there, and Tastle, Brownlie and Will Young just outside it.
edit: looking at that list brings it home to me just how relatively easy it is to have awesome stats at the halfway mark of the season. One big innings and some okay scores sees you up there.
Last edited by Flem274*; 17-12-2012 at 12:12 AM.
That bad thing about our first-class bowlers atm is that most of the promising ones are seriously injury-prone. Milne, Small, Wheeler, Henry, Bennett etc all miss more games than they play. When they are all out, the standard of our bowling attacks isn't great.
Last edited by Mike5181; 17-12-2012 at 12:20 AM.
Yep, and it's been a huge problem for CD in particular the last three years running. Really makes me wonder about the quality of their medical staff and practice facilities.
On the other hand, u23 fast bowlers are always more vulnerable to breaking down than anyone else.
can't believe southee made 156 and only 36 of them were sixes
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@ mike: Yeah I only really think Brownlie, Carlchopa, Anderson and Young have it in them to make the step up, and they are far from the finished article atm.
Haven't seen enough of Craigchopa to comment obvz.
It's interesting looking at the most runs/wickets because on our diet of Kippax vids and our own browsing of the highlights site, I never would have picked some of the guys who have the best stats to have the best stats.
I mean Gareth Andrew has been making hay. It's sad. And that's having faced plenty of bowling from NZ internationals - Martin & Mills, Arnel & Aldridge. ND only got him out with a run out FFS.
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