Better effort in the second innings, but that's not really much consolation after being rolled for 45.
For the second test, Franklin has to go - off the top of my head Munro is the only other batsman over there, so he comes in. He'll be ****, but hopefully he can get something out of it. Martin's figures look alright this test, but he's way, way past it and looks completely innocuous - Wagner should come in. Patel's also had a **** test, but being the only spinner he'll likely be retained. Guptill obviously also awful, but there's no one else that could come in for him. It's a pity, I like Guptill and admire his attitude to the game, but he just hasn't performed at all since the WI tour.
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If I were the NZ board I'd be sending rendition teams to Jesse Ryder & Ross Taylor's houses to get them into the team for the 2nd test whether they want to or not. Probably also Vettori. "Injured, hell, you're probably still the better pick."
Assuming no one flies over from NZ to join the party I would make three changes to the team.
1 - Swap Flynn and Guptill around. Martin is a dangerous bat, give him a chance in a different spot and Flynn is very limited so is suited to opening. I basically think he can last longer than anyone else and buy making him open it means there are better bats in the middle order now to take advantage of the situation.
2 - Munro in for Franklin. I've only seen him play in the T20's and he looked nothing special, but looking at that Munro Watch in Hurricanes (?) signature and his stats mean you surely can't keep picking deadwood, so give the kid a go.
3. Wagner in for Patel. You've got a quick in your squad with so much experience in these conditions, so pick him. Williamson can bowl a couple handy overs of spin if required.
My NZ team for second Test
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Might as well open with Williamson, seeing as he pretty much just did it for the last 2 innings and have Flynn at 3
Mitchell McClenaghan impressed me in the T20's. Good strong action and angles it across with the old ball to shape in. Surely a better option than Wagner ?
I think you will need a spinner at PE. Especially as NZL should show more fight and the game could go 5 days. So it has to be Patel v B.Martin scenario imo.
just saw the dismisal of Patel. That is disgraceful. for a paid proffesional to do that was shocking.As for Franklin, why is he still in the team? Get Munro in there. and while your at it, might aswell have a look at Wagner.
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Thank god Bond is our bowling coach. I hope Hesson and the selectors listen to him and keep our Test bowlers away from the T20 squad.Bowling coach Shane Bond said a recent diet of T20 had hampered Southee and Doug Bracewell and the format was ideal to try new blood such as the impressive Mitchell McClenaghan.
"T20 is a great game to introduce people into the environment but it's also a game where you can get into bad habits. We saw with Tim Southee when he plays a bit of T20 he's bowling yorkers all the time and it has an adverse affect on his performances at test level," Bond said.
"We have bowlers who I think have better skill sets for test match cricket so it's important to keep those guys fresh and bring in depth and pick and choose your series."
Well that was an unsurprising score to wake up to.
Congrats SA. The most dominant performance on day 1 before lunch I've ever seen and it killed New Zealand from the get go. NZ fought back but far too much ground was lost on day 1 to ever recover.
What's that, No 7 becomes a mentally shipwrecked Wellingtonian spot for the rest of the season! (Y)
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