Anyway, I hear we had a few new entrants for the competition today
Well...I'm glad I wasn't able to watch that.
What's really depressing is that the only people performing in domestic cricket are either bowlers, tried and traumatised 30+ batsmen, and Ryder. So it's not really like we have many options for improving the team from the outside.
It's sad to see what Williamson's fallen to. Taking the number 3 spot has proven to be too much and too soon, which isn't really that surprising in retrospect. Also, someone should give him a new bat, his current one has seen better days.
We just have to accept that for the indefinite future, New Zealand will have the worst batting lineup of any of the main 9 test playing countries. I doubt even Ryder will improve things that much. He's too much of a free-spirit to be the basis of a successful batting lineup. What we need is another Richardson, someone who can glue our rickety batting together through sheer bloody-mindedness. But I don't see any on the horizon.
I feel dreadfully sorry for Boult, Southee and Jeets. They've done excellent work in these last 3 matches, work that would be match-winning for most other sides. Also, I'd give Bracewell a couple more games to find his stride, he deserves it after his efforts last season.
Well that's the thing, a left arm spinner who batted at 10 in school and FC cricket woke up one day and decided to be an opener, and managed to average 44. It wasn't pretty, but if Richardson can do it then these blokes can.
At this point, I reckon it's much too late for McCullum to change. Taylor could, but he's weighed down enough be the captaincy as things are. Ryder's ego will always lead him into trouble, and he'll ignore or abuse anyone who tries to tell him that. Guptill does want to, but doesn't have the raw talent of the big 3. Williamson is too young and being asked too much...<sigh>
Hoping Flynn and Watling can add a bit of guts to our middle-order. Otherwise I'd advise just leaving the side as it is. Nothing can or will change anytime soon, but the best players are where they should be, and should be given a few more opportunities to fail. If Williamson doesn't start to show signs of turning things around by the England tour, I'd consider moving him down the order. Otherwise we kinda just have to cross our fingers and pray that Cachopa will turn out to be the next Bradman.
Last edited by Bahnz; 19-11-2012 at 05:36 AM.
Had given thought to waking up at 4.30am to watch this. Am very glad I didn't. Not much to say that hasn't already been said. Am actually giving semi-serious thought to quitting my job, hiring a batting coach (not a NZ one, obviously) and turning myself into a professional cricketer, so I can show these useless ****s how to bat.
From this article:
Black Caps fold: Taylor hints at changes - Sport - NZ Herald News
"Leg-spinner Todd Astle looks a good bet to come in to the side for the second test and could potentially replace James Franklin given his ability to bat at No 6 if required."
nothing like a fc average of 23 and 1 century in 50 games to strike fear into the hearts of sri lanka
i do love how it's implied nicol is below him though
edit: so southee was injured. yep, he's definitely turning a corner with his bowling because the injuries are setting in. marto appears to be next cab off the rank.
so lets imagine a world where martin comes in for southee/bracewell and astle bats at 6. im pretty sure our issue in this test just gone was batting you know.
Last edited by Flem274*; 19-11-2012 at 03:26 PM.
New Zealand should bite the bullet and fly Watling over there ASAP. The original statement which accompanied the squad announcement made it perfectly clear Watling was only missing the Test leg because the selectors thought getting some Plunket Shield cricket under his belt would be more beneficial than carrying the drinks as the reserve batsman, and he'd now surely worth a place in the eleven. They don't even have to go back on anything they've said; they just need to adapt to the fact that Franklin, after looking okay in India but not making any significant runs, backed that up by looking like a number ten here and has become a clear liability.
Failing that, Franklin has to play the second Test. Nicol is not a serious option and when you get rolled for 221 and 118 but keep the opposition to 247 the last thing that should be on your mind is dropping a batsman for a leg spinner.
Now I'm a fan of Todd Astle, but batting him at 6 is a completely ridiculous idea.
Franklin shouldn't be near the squad, let alone the XI.
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