Hah, the old 'McCullum's faking it, he's using the gloves as leverage' chestnut is implied in the report.
Not keen on this "eternally injured" business and other laughably loose and informal choices of language. Get the feeling Parker could've got a more sober and credible collation of the facts if he'd let Phlegm in on all the goss and asked him to pretend he's writing a post.
If Millmow said it, the opposite is likely the ideal course of action.
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Supporting Petone's Finest since the very start - Iain O'Brien
Adam Wheater - Another batsman off the Essex production line
Also Supporting the All Time #1 Batsman of All Time Ever - Jacques Kallis and the much maligned Peter Siddle.
Vimes tells it how it is:
Further, I don't see how a bunch of seemingly baseless accusations about how much BMac and co. like to get on the piss, and how they bully anyone who tries to work hard is really going to hold NZ Cricket to account for the Taylor situation.
As someone said somewhere, you can sweep something under the carpet but it'll grow and grow and eventually trip you up.
And the accusations aren't "baseless." While I wish that the people who made them would "come on the record", we have heard these stories before, reported by other people who have verified sources within the team.
This has gone on too long and we are tired of this crap. The line has to be drawn somewhere. From the sacking of Andy Moles to the "is Greatbatch the coach?" to John Wright walking away it is absolutely crystal clear there is something majorly dis-functional with the way NZ Cricket is being run and the Taylor affair is simply the one where we have to say enough is enough. So McCullum won a one-day series? Whoop de do. Taylor won three test matches in his short run: and each of those wins were fighing, down to the wire wins that could have gone either way.
No-one was questioning Taylor's decisions while he was captain until after he was sacked: then all of a sudden the attacks came out of the woodwork. Lets not forget how vicious some of those attacks were, like the accusation from Richard Boock that Taylor was abusive, swearing and cussing out players in the dressing room. That accusation was sourced directly from a player in the team: a player that is probably still playing right now. Taylor wasn't just fired: his character was bought into disrepute by the very people he has to play with now. And right now he's playing in a team where the coach still won't talk to him.
This needs to be dealt with and allowing NZ Cricket to keep pretending that everything is fine because "McCullum has done so well" is a mistake. We can't let the bullies win.
We might be going well on the field now, but having an incompetent cricket board behind you means it is all going to go horribly wrong again in the future.
Kind of like how we smashed Sri Lanka in a test on the back of them smashing us and then some **** decided that was the perfect moment for a captaincy change.
Every player NZ has produced and every success we have had has come in spite of, not because of, NZC. The most recent one that springs to mind is shutting down the academy allowed our young bowlers to develop without NZC touching them.
Before all this poop hit the fan I said Hesson actually has a lot of merit as a coach if the good qualities about him I had heard were true. I still believe this is the case. He strikes me as a meticulous and deep thinker about the game when it comes to game plans, but he also has some very poor areas and he needs a strong manager to pair with him to rein in his jobs for the boys mentality and call him out when he tells a lie to cover his backside.
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