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Considering Auckland have been collapsing in a heap on their road of a home pitch all season, it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that getting their wickets away from home is a first in, first served kinda deal. I wouldn't read too much into a part timer destroying the worst batting line up of the season. These things happen.
Some of those bouncers looked pretty lethal.
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Yeah, I should make it known there was a heck of a lot of really raw, short and wide filth left on the cutting room floor of that video. His chances of Ford Trophy play are zero itbt, but he'd be a great watch at Roadington, so I've done what I can.
Beard getting more runs at night watchmen, maybe he should just bat 4! Otago have a few good all rounders dont they.
Raval has had a really solid season, he just hasn't had the 1 or 2 big scores to make it a good one. Hopefully he can kick on here, seems like a good nuggety opener, which is what we need in our test side..
Still reckon he gets it through at a fair pace. Might have to dial it back a bit to get some semblance of accuracy though.
Jeet Raval finally closing in on a ton to go with the myriad of starts and 50's that he's made this year. It's worth noting that he currently has a better average this season than Hutherford, and has lasted for significantly longer at the crease in terms of balls faced (average of over 80 balls per completed innings, compared to Rutherford's average of 55 balls per innings).
To keep things in context, it's also probably worth noting that he's still not doing as well as Fulton or Redmond.
I was a little bit surprised they didn't include Raval in the warm up team for the tests actually. The guy isn't far off averaging 40 in first-class, and for a 24 year old opener in New Zealand, that's pretty decent.
I think Raval is unlucky also, Rutherford might be ok for the shorter stuff, but I think he i still another season off for tests. Needs to keep building runs and exp.
If Raval had scored this century 2 weeks ago, he would be there in front of Latham. I rate Latham, but not as a opener. Will probably end up a very good number 4.
Also was watching highlights of Gillespie's bowling vs Otago. I thought this game might be when he would step it up to try to impress the selectors, but instead he looks to be giving 70-80% and bowling pus. I guess there's still the England vs NZ XI warmup but he's going to have to bowl a LOT better as right now he's unpickable.
Seriously odd bowling changes from Murdoch at times this season. Just seems to believe in the big names and doesn't bowl others enough. Gillespie and Patel have bowled 18 and 20+ respectively, Kuggs 10 and then Tuggs and Boam less than 10.
Tuggs comes on and finally gets Redmond out. I seem to remember similar patterns all season.
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