In the Plunket Shield highlights he loves cover. It's a very prolific area for him.
On another note the contracts must be coming very soon because the major associations have to do theirs at the end of this month.
Where's your money?
Lock it in. I would pick a few different names but I think the above is what we will get.
Yeah Nethula, KvW, Nicol, Flynn, Cartin, some pretty easy cuts here. I can't easily identify the guy you've got who will be shafted for Ellis tbf, Latham or Ronchi I guess.
1st July NZC Contracts
[Offered / Announced]
8th July Last day to [Accept / Decline] NZC
Contract (NZC contracted players must
also declare their MA for 2013/14 season
by this date)
16th July First player Transfer Window closes (for
players to transfer MA for ranking purposes - for 1st round ranking only)
22nd July 1st round of MA Contracts [Offered / Announced] (between 9 and 13 contracts at
30th July Last day to [Accept / Decline] MA contract (1st round contract offers)
23rd July–6th August
Second player Transfer Window (for
players who missed contract offers in 1st
round and wish to transfer to another MA
for 2nd round contract ranking).
2nd round of MA Contracts [Offered /
Announced] (to bring all MA’s up to 14
Last day to [Accept / Decline]
MA contract (2nd round contract offers)
Black Caps saga: Taylor for tests | Stuff.co.nz
What the dumb NZ fans think:
"Under Brendon McCullum we seem to have become weak and brittle. First we were rolled by South Africa on four occasions, including once for under 50. Now the same thing has happened in England."
So, the England series in New Zealand never happened, then?8-)
I'm confused. Last time I peeked at the mainstream opinions they were loving McCullum's captaincy.
I think they put it to the readers to submit their ideas. Always a great idea, like when they asked the viewers who the MOTM at Hobart was.
Anderson for Ronchi and that's the list, IMO.
Unless they replace Franko, in which case Anderson & Ronchi to get deals.
Kippax's YouTube channel to cost Anderson a living.
You're bad and you should feel bad, Kippax.
Anderson will clearly be one of the "new faces" they're talking about. I wonder if Milne might surprisingly come back in from the cold, there's bound to be some concern there his farcical injury run stems in part from semi-pro surroundings. The new CD coach is clearly a big fitness fanatic though.
Bartin's probably one of those 'amateur in spirit, not ideal for a school visit' types like Gillespie who typically don't get contracts.
Millmow: Contentious calls on NZ cricket list | Stuff.co.nz
The players have been told their fate and if the whispers are correct Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Colin Munro, Grant Elliott and Martin got the contentious 16-20 slots.
On the outer appear to be Andrew Ellis, the Wellington trio of Luke Ronchi, Mark Gillespie and James Franklin and the perennially unlucky Ian Butler.
The fact that Elliott was the only Firebird to make the cut has massive implications for Cricket Wellington. It now has to squeeze Franklin and Ronchi into its contract list pushing the likes of Gillespie, Michael Papps and Jesse Ryder further down the pecking order and some young ones off the bottom.
It also makes solid first class players like Luke Woodcock and Stephen Murdoch susceptible to higher offers from rival provinces. Elliott should walk to the Kelburn Lotto shop this morning.
He is fortuitous. He is 34, got injured at the Champions Trophy and in the past 12 months played two T20s for 19 runs at 9.50 and seven ODIs for 199 runs at 28.42.
Here is the anomaly. Had Elliott been overlooked for a national contract he would've sat behind James Franklin, Luke Ronchi, Mark Gillespie at the Firebirds.
What's the answer? Fifteen contracts.
That way you find room for test regulars Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Doug Brownlie and Peter Fulton but not the subjective selections that landed contracts for the 16-20 lads.
If you look back to last year punts were taken on Daniel Flynn, Kruger van Wyk, Rob Nicol and Tarun Nethula and those selections proved astray. So, 20 names will be read out Monday, from McCullum down they will be on a sliding scale of $6000 increments.
Numbers 18-20 all get $73,000. On top of that are match fees, $7508 per test, $3250 for each ODI and $2120 per T20 appearance.
Vettori was not asked to stand aside, he did so. He's given sterling service but has had a good run in terms of earning while he is injured and there is no guarantee he will return after Achilles surgery.
Ryder's manager Aaron Klee reported positively on his charge but said they never asked to be considered.
Asked if they had their fingers crossed for a retainer, Klee said ''no, not at all''.
''We never looked at that, we'll just concentrate on getting a domestic contract.''
Ha, Doug Brownlie. Stoopid Millmow.