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Andrew Mathieson will be back in club cricket soon, for sure. Unsurprisingly the major daily thinking Yovich for tests was very keen on Devcich...
Ian Anderson @boxcarfred
Its not even a big call to say @BigCall13 should have been called into the NZ side ahead of Grant Elliot. Last year's 1-day stats 2 follow
Well Devcich can field so at least he would add something to the team.....
inb4 "Elliott provides some much needed experience"
"MTV isn't really my cup of tea... mostly because I hate huge pieces of **** in my tea." - Aziz Ansari
Having said all that, I don't think he should play in the second test. A less lively surface than what he got at cape town will likely render him completely inert.
What was our verdict on the speed gun in the end. Did we decide it was 5kms light?
Auckland 47,103, 27, 269*, 59, 118
No, because Morkel was bowling 140-145 and we know that Steyn commonly bowls in the 130s with the swinging ball.
Wagner and Munro in, Franko and Martin out. These are the only changes for NZ.
Cricinfo suggesting NZ are considering playing two spinners. Dire idea if true; while Port Elizabeth sounds less suited to pace bowling than elsewhere in SA, our spinners simply aren't good enough to justify places ahead of our seam bowlers. Especially since they're also reporting that Franklin's out with a hamstring injury so we can't even use his pies in a third seamer role.
jizz need to hurry up and pick T Mac again. What a legend.,
Just reading the Cricinfo previews, and I really don't like what I'm hearing from the NZ camp. We've heard all week that our batsmen have been in the nets with the seamers bowling on shortened pitches, attacking the body and basically trying to simulate being peppered. Now, I've just read this from McCullum:
Two major problems with this:When you look at the South African line-up, there is a bit of discrepancy between theirs and ours. The aim at practice was two-fold: to toughen our batsman up and to get the bowlers more positive.
1) None of our batsmen got bounced out in the first test. They nicked off/were bowled/lbw to balls on a good length. Why then are we practicing playing bouncers?
2) Our bowlers have had basically a full week of practice on a shortened pitch and bowling at the body. Now, when the test comes around, they need to go back to a full-length pitch and bowl normal lines and lengths. Seems like a good way to mess with your rhythm. We don't need our bowlers to be "more positive", they need to bowl good lines and lengths and be more consistent. I just hope we don't charge in all test bowling bouncer after bouncer, especially since it's meant to be a slower pitch.
Oh, and I suspect McCullum reads CW and is trying to wind us up:
Originally Posted by Brendon McCullum, on Colin Munro
Last edited by Meridio; 10-01-2013 at 09:11 AM.
If weather forecast are to go by the team batting first will have the advantage. Wind from the west day 1 = Batsmen friendly. Day 2 and 3 wind from the east = Bowler friendly.
There might be rain in the first secessions day 1 and 2.
Hope smitty wins the toss.
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