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    re: Taylor's use of Patel:
    Patel bowled exactly to the field. The straight line is where you want to be when you have 6 men on the leg side. It's a defensive tactic when there was no need to be defensive - at least early on in the Mathews-Jayawardene partnership. In the second innings Taylor needs to set more men in catching positions on the off side. Then Patel can comfortably toss it up outside off stump and try to get the batsmen playing against the spin. It might turn and bowl him through the gate or it might go straight on and be edged to slip. At least you're giving yourself a chance. As it stands there's no point in even having a slip with that straight line, and around the wicket is really clutching at straws.
    He bowled well to pick up those late wickets, but it would've helped to have more conventional off-spinner plans. On the indian tour, all the NZ commentators were complimenting Patel's straight line and ability to keep it tight, while Ganguly was consistently saying that he needs to pitch it wider of off stump. When he did do this is when he looked the most dangerous - the straight one going past the outside edge and the turning delivery taking a bat pad.

    re: Guptill
    His technique is not good enough. He goes way too hard at the ball even when defending and plays the ball too early. He tries hard with his leaving and defensive mindset which is nice to see, but unless he fixes his technique he'll never be good enough against the swinging ball, especially at 135+km/hr. Centuries against poor attacks on flat wickets will not correct this.
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    Bang on about the line Patel was bowling. We can't hold Jeets in contempt for not looking threatening when his modes of dismissal bowling straight with a packed leg side field are minimal. Look at the three he got - one a misjudged sweep that was just a slight slice of luck, another one top-edged to deep backward square and a pop back to him (which was actually quite well flighted).

    He can still get those bowling a line outside off stump. And he can get caught behind in the mix as well and bring stumps into play as well. Similar modes to how he got big wickets in Warwickshire I would suggest. Ross is inexperienced with setting fields/plans for spinners and needs to get up to speed with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveNZ View Post
    Ross is inexperienced with setting fields/plans for spinners and needs to get up to speed with it.
    I think it's the dogma in the NZ camp. Vettori gets a few lbws with the arm ball and generally keeps it tight, so that's what they expect from all the spinners. It's unfortunate because I think Vettori would get a few more wickets by pitching it a bit wider and asking the batsman to drive as well.

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    All right, I've had a successful day so far so I expect to see 500/1 at stumps from these two.

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    My prediction

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    Taylor 112*
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    Stating the obvious but we need to bat out the day. Our Seamers will be dead tired from yesterday.
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    FMD we are making these seamers look like McGrath.

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    Good bowling in the channel from these two.

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    Leave the bloody thing alone Kane, jesus.
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    Guptill misses a straight one again lmao

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    FMD we are making these seamers look like McGrath.
    Can't believe I got optimistic about batting out the day. Gupfail

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    Yuck, amatuer stuff.

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    If Guptill improved in the Windies, he's regressed here. He's so fortunate he has a pretty straight drive and we've gone through half the country looking for an opener.

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    again Guptill just doesn't have the technique.

    Going too hard at the ball and playing too early.

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    Rutherford is going to be in the team pretty quick at this rate.



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