Due to lack of depth in batting his main role is as a top order batsmen and with the crazy depth in spin bowling, he is seen as part time spinners.
Though the thing that makes Mendis look like a good spin bowler, is that he gives it a rip. Whereas spinners in Australia and NZ aren't encouraged to give it rip due to poor spin bowling conditions in those countries.
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Not a great deal about these ODIs, no. I doubt even Sri Lanka are getting much out of winning them. But I find it very funny that a few weeks ago cricket writers on both Stuff and NZHerald were whinging relentlessly about Guptill and Bracewell being rested for this pointless ODI series.
Much better off having Guptill at home with his feet up and Bracewell bowling in the Plunket Shield.
I agree with the sentiment though. Absolute nothing matches, made even less memorable as a result of the rain. And the crowds look abysmal. Surely three Tests, three ODIs and a T20 was the way to go. Tests always mean something. ODIs are a dinosaur and T20 shouldn't really be played at international level.
Meanwhile NZC continues to say that tests are highly important and the most pure form of the game while scheduling 2-test series after 2-test series.
Do NZC actually schedule them though - or is their hand forced by overseas boards that would rather play with the big boys? And when scheduling ODIs (weather permitting) know that they'll get a day's play, as opposed to the fourth and fifth day of a Test?
I can see no place for five match ODIs anywhere in the world. Three max. Even World Cups are becoming increasingly uninteresting.
The fools of the world say Test cricket is in danger but it's actually fast becoming the only format that has meaning. And the only potential spanner in the works is that god awful idea for night cricket to appease the fat cat TV executives.
In saying that, one of the most enjoyable days of my Test cricket viewing life was at Eden Park in 2002 (?) against England under lights. Usman Afzaal completely losing one from McMillan into the stands, Ashley Giles claiming he didn't see one he caught in the outfield (hell of a guess) and just general ridiculous outstandingness. But I wouldn't want it regularly
Unlucky Boult - has really had these Lankan batsmen in trouble here. Tough chance for Watling.
Boult always looks so dangerous.
****, forgot about this game, missed the early wickets and yet I still have to watch Tharanga bat now.
Any chance of Milne bowling properly fast today, or does he not do that anymore?
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