There is a part of me that's ... well, happy isn't the right word, maybe satisfied ... that we've been such a steaming pile of turd this tour, if only because it's proved what anyone with half a brain knew - that Taylor's captaincy was the absolute least of our problems.
Mostly though, I'm just utterly despairing at the state of NZ cricket. The whole organisation is rotten from top to bottom, and if those at the top continue running things they way they currently are, it's not going to get any better. I'm not usually one to say these things, since they're usually the knee-jerk reaction of the talkback radio crowd, but we need a cleanout of New Zealand Cricket. It won't happen though, and I think the likes of David White actually are deluded enough to think they're doing a good job.
On the field, well, we're ****ed. Our batting has made no progress since the retirements of Fleming, Styris etc. I honestly can't remember the last time we made 500 in a test. Our bowling is promising, though Bracewell seems to be going backwards and we are still extremely reliant on the new ball. Obviously, our captain and coach aren't helping matters by focusing on the wrong issues - 'aggression', 'being positive' etc - rather than the things that actually matter, like technique, discipline and consistency.
Having said that, I reckon we'll beat England in one test, just to give us false hope. We'll get flogged in the rest.
McCullum set to move down the order - Yahoo! New Zealand Sport
Great. So now we need to find 2 new openers instead of 1.Coach Mike Hesson says that had Fulton been available, McCullum would have given solidity to the New Zealand middle order.
"I don't think Brendon's game suits blunting an attack, which is what we really needed in this series," he said.
"He applied himself for 240 balls against a top side at the top, but I don't think that's the role that he's going to play best for this team."
We have 9001 middle order bats baz. WAT R U DOIN
This all points to moving Watling up to open, but then Baz has to take the gloves which we know isn't happening.
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Also, I have serious questions about whether McCullum can make the side as a middle order bat when Taylor and Ryder return, especially with Watling and Brownlie performing recently.
No ****. A good opener should apply themselves to face 240 balls per innings on average, not over an entire ****ing series."He applied himself for 240 balls against a top side at the top, but I don't think that's the role that he's going to play best for this team."
So where does he go? Will hesson give him 4 and shaft Taylor to somewhere else? Put him to 5 and bump Brownlie and Watling down? Or 3 and hide Williamson?
He actually averages more with the gloves and at number 7 than anything else...
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I don't think Watling is up to it as a keeper and would prefer he concentrate on his batting, which has looked very solid in this new version of him.
So I wouldn't mind if someone like Ronchi came in (if he is genuinely a good keeper - something I'm yet to be convinced of)
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No point whatsoever in the rest of the lineup going through contortions so that we can maximise the output of one of our lesser batsmen.
I think he could actually do better as an opener than anywhere else. I think the fact he currently has a weak opening partner makes him look a lot worse. Find him a decent partner and he may do better? When combos get settled and know each others game, get on the same wavelength etc they can be devastating together or provide each other with enough base after getting a start for one of them to go on when the other gets out for less. Chopping and changing doesn't settle much...
Last edited by NZTailender; 15-01-2013 at 04:25 PM.
Giving McCullum keeps getting out to left arm spin over and over and over again, I don't see how moving him further down the other is meant to help, especially since he's clearly the best opener available.
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