What's really tragic for NZ, is that the most talented (imo) age group cricketer since Ryder has been completely destroyed by injury. Poor Corey Anderson was displaying such awesome promise back in 2009/10, it's just tragic how he's been unable to stay on the field since.
I doubt there are any magical players coming through who will change the look of the side from the get-go. Even those like Williamson and Southee who were identified early as players with massive potential are taking a while to make an impact.
It's more about the playing eleven plus the other 6 or 8 contenders just performing better. For a change I think our test selections have been pretty decent lately, so no point looking elsewhere. And until this test v Windies (who at full strength and at home are better than their ranking suggests anyway) and coming off a series where we competed reasonably vs SA, a lot of us thought this test side was on the improve.
It was a weak performance v Windies, no doubt. Most of our guys are better than they were this match, so they just need to prove that. Play better next test and this will be seen as a blip on the upward trend. ODIs are another story of course, where I cannot be this optimistic.
More of a worry is the recurring problems with administration - losing Wright being the latest setback.
Surely this time last year was 'darker'.
I mean, to me it seems you've had some promising performances as a team and by individuals. vettori and ryder are bummers, but i dunno know, ryder ****ing up and vettori getting worse as a spinner were hardly unexpected.
We did put up a decent fight against South Africa only a few months ago.
and the current WI pitches are probably the least favourable pitches you could play on...
We got pasted. Rain spared us from a 3-0 hammering. We showed just enough guts on the afternoon of the 5th day of the 3rd test to avoid losing a match that we never should've been at risk of losing in the first place. Other than that it was like going back in time and watching our mid 90's team get pulverised by the aussies.
ross taylor is the man which really inspired me in the new Zealand team
Seen Wheeler bowl in the early 2010-11 season and he was all class. Quickish, swung it late and hit great areas. Fitness is going to be an issue, however.
We are crying out for a spinner. We could have competed a lot better in Antigua with an attacking spinner, even if he went for runs. Unfortunately there's nothing on the horizon.
Hah, yeah. I don't think Sodhi's groupings are anywhere near international standard yet, but I have to admit I've thought about what kind of U19 WC he would need to have, for Hesson to bundle him on a plane to Sri Lanka before he's played a single game for the Aces. Vettori's own Dipak Patel moment.Quote:
Originally Posted by rvd619323
He's moved to ND, FYI (Sodhi).
Southee pretty much bowled himself into an NZ spot from a U19 World Cup, although he had FC experience as well.