Brad McNamara @bbuzzmc
Will say this once and then nothing else. Defamation laws quite clear in Aus.be careful.
Lock this ****er!
Greatest Ever Test XI: JB Hobbs, L Hutton, DG Bradman (c), IVA Richards, BC Lara, GS Sobers, AC Gilchrist (wk), Imran Khan, RJ Hadlee, MD Marshall, SK Warne 12th man: M Muralitharan
Favorite XI: WG Grace, VT Trumper, IVA Richards, DCS Compton, FMM Worrell (c), AC Gilchrist (wk), CL Cairns, SK Warne, FS Trueman, SE Bond, T Richardson 12th man: H Larwood
"Neither of them will have an international cricket career past 2016."
Blocky on Martin Guptill and Ish Sodhi. 20/11/2014.
Nah, I guess we should keep it open until after the South African series.
Could still get ugly with the batting.
Bahnz's happy bday present is a big pile of tasting. Of victory. It's enough to make a man miserable.
Hah, yeah totally tasted on this comment in particular:
But on a more doomy note, we'll still get pasted more often than not because of our batting. Taylor can't make 200+ runs in every test, Williamson isn't quite there yet, and the rest of the batting is absurdly fragile. Guptill's actually gone backwards since I made my original post, McCullum's the same as ever, Flynn is highly limited, etc
The way I see it, we probably have the 4th or 5th best bowling attack in the world atm, and it's only improving. But our batting lineup is still 8th equal with Bangladesh, and this series hasn't given me huge encouragement that that will change is rapidly as the bowling has.
I definitely thought 5outhee was toast for a couple of years at least, so I'm tastling it as well.
Middle order needs some Jesse. Top order needs some runs.
.. definitely has a much stronger look to it as a batting lineup, even if you do give a tiny little bit away in bowling and wicket keeping by flicking Patel and van Wyk. Who actually plays until Ryder's return though? I want to say Franklin but it probably shouldn't be in all honesty. I'm not too keen on recalling Brownlie so soon either so I guess that makes Cachopa a serious option for the first time in his career.
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I do genuinely think Patel was a test standard spinner in this series, which is more than can be said for Dan of late, but it could just be a purple patch.
I'd go Brownlie since he's such a gun against pace. I'm falling in love with Cachopa and his hundreds for fun but there is no way someone getting hit by Ellis and Butler should face up to Steyn and friends yet. I'm willing to change my opinion on that if Cachopa faces his own attack in the nets with them aiming for his rib cage until he gets over his weakness though.
Regarding Franklin, someone made a good spot earlier in another thread that some Jimmy James footage from way back was uploaded to the video vault at random and that does make me wonder if Bondy and Hesson want him to be a true blue bowler again and bat eight, giving us some much needed length in the order.
Has the added bonus of infuriating Howsie. I think it's a goer.
I think Brownlie's become a bit over-rated on this forum at times. You can't just write his massive run of outs off as a complete inability to play spin; he was batting like a chump in general against all bowling, and one decent series against Australia right before hardly made him a proven entity against any type of bowling. I'd hate to see him stereotyped so much based on his first couple of series. If he gets consistent runs against he should be back in the frame but I wouldn't be picking him yet.
He's tonning up in the Shield and in all honesty, there isn't anyone else. Our h4x quick bowling stocks where every side has at least one test standard seamer has had the knock on effect of very few batsmen scoring runs, and of those who are two are Sinclair and Fulton. I haven't checked the tallies but I wouldn't be surprised if there is a considerable gap in runs scored between Sinclair, Fulton, Cachopa, Rutherford, Munro, Neesham and then the rest.
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