Would be nice if we could get some decent foreigners into the team for a change rather than the mediocre ones we have been selecting, although I'm not sure which category Ronchi would fit into. I guess its one thing you can say about the Aussies they pick predominantly aussies (although they did select Grimmett).
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Another example could be Brad Thorn? He represented Australia & Queensland in League then decided to come back to NZ and became a great All Black. No one seemed too bothered. Rory Fallon played in all the England youth teams before switching in his mid 20's after they changed the eligibility rules.
The Ronchi issue just doesn't bother me much emotionally. For better or for worse he soon becomes eligible. So the question is whether he would improve the team or not.
Yeah, I think it's a fairly superficial reason to be opposed to a players inclusion. Provided that he's professionally committed to the bc's I couldn't care less.
Anyway, I support the kiwi league team no problems. Half of that lot couldn't point to new zealand on a map of new zealand. Ronchi is small beer by comparison.
Meh, as long as Watling is given a fair crack I couldn't care less. I'd hate to see him given a couple of tests only to be shafted as soon as Ronchi qualifies. Especially seeing as he's practically changed his entire game for the good of New Zealand cricket.
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How much more of being left on the sideline are some of the Wellington players going to take? Not Wellington trolling, trying to be serious for a change. Boam, Pollard, Tugaga, Friday etc must be getting pretty bored.
And on the topic of Australians playing cricket in NZ, I know Hutchinson came here because he got an offer and has always wanted to play FC, but does he have any NZ aspirations or is he just here for the fun?
Looks a decent bowler from what I've seen. I'm surprised he hasn't played Aussie stuff since he bowls at a good clip with movement and accuracy, and since Aussie Shield wickets seem to be green he would be a weapon. Which team would he play for over there and who is ahead of him?
He's a Queenslander I think, and yeah he wants to play for New Zealand.
Boam & Pollard should come in for the HRV Cup. Otherwise where could those guys go? I guess Canterbury?
A question guys - how successful have the Friday night HRV matches been in terms of attracting crowds and interest? I thought it was an awesome idea, but I have caught very little action live (either on telly or at the ground) 'cos, well, its Friday night and there are lots of other things that keep dragging me away.
The crowd looked decent in a Hamilton game I saw. But I'm expecting it to look fairly dismal tonight! I'll probably do my bit and go along, but I think any atmosphere will be lost in the mass of empty seats. They're optimistically talking about a crowd of 5000 - that leaves 45,000 or so empty.
I'll be down there tonight, hoping for a good game.
Not going to have much sleep though, having to wake up for the t20 tomorrow morning.
Plus of course we kinda made Morgan: he's had ten years coaching at Middlesex. Same with Boyd Rankin: he wasn't anywhere near the bowler he is now until Warwickshire's bowling coach Graeme Welch got hold of him.
That said, Ronchi was always going to end up in the frame for New Zealand as long as every incumbent failed miserably with the bat! Watling might do OK yet, but if not, it's bound to be Ronchi next. As far as I'm concerned he has enough of a right to do so once eligible. Thems the rules!
EDIT: 2011 QSLD Grade averages: http://mycricket.cricket.com.au/comm...entityid=12832
Hutchinson's wicket tally is great, but average and notably economy rate is worse than those in the State picture. He's just behind people like Exelby and Fitzpatrick, but was never going to match the quality of Cutting and McDermott. Probably not too far behind the likes of Gannon, Walter, Feldman and Gale, but behind them nonetheless.
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