Disappointing though predictable end to the series. Would've liked to see Watling make a hundred; he's impressed me a lot in the last few months. Hopefully our other batsmen can learn something from him. Har har.
Anyway, am bored so player ratings for the test series:
Guptill - 2. Looks absolutely wrecked, both technically and mentally. Not sure how to fix it though 'cause he traditionally flogs lower standard bowling around.
McCullum - 3. Generally kept the pace bowlers out, though struggled to rotate the strike. Age-old problem of only having two gears - full attack or block everything. Also, is a ****wit. **** captaincy.
Williamson - 2. Stop ****ing flirting outside off stump. I genuinely believe he could be our best bat for a long time, but he just has to start scoring more runs.
Brownlie - 7. Scored a lot more than I thought he would. Loses marks though for failing in the first innings both times; only scoring once each game was already effectively lost.
Flynn - 1. Ugh.
Watling - 8. Biggest positive from the tour. Didn't see all that much of his keeping; from what I did see though I thought he looked a touch untidy though made no glaring mistakes.
Franklin - 1. Should not play tests for NZ again.
Munro - 2. Not up to it. Gains an extra point for bowling a few decent overs.
Bracewell - 3. Thought he bowled okay in the second test; overall though continued his poor recent form. No runs with the bat either.
Patel - 1. Crap with the ball, embarrassing with the bat.
Boult - 3. Really disappointing tour, just not consistent enough. Goes searching for wickets and sprays it around. Needs Southee at the other end imo.
Wagner - 1. Still overhyped, bowled trash in the overs I saw from him. Too concerned with being mouthy and aggressive instead of bowling in good areas.
Martin - 2. Way past it; time to retire.
Hesson - -999. Idiot.
Had been thinking of doing this but you basically wrote my post for me
Pretty much bang on. To quibble over minor details
- Guptill lucky to get a 2. More of a 1.5.
- Wagner wasn't good but a 1 is too harsh - gets a 2 or 2.5.
- Tempted to give Boult and Bracewell 4s
- I liked Hesson's score
South Africa ratings
Petersen - 10
Smith - 10
Amla - 10
Kallis - 10
De Villiers - 10
Du Plessis - 10
Elgar the Horrible - 1
Petersen - 10
Kleinveldt/Philander - 10
Steyn - 10
Morkel - 10
Amazing team. Even with comic relief character Elgar included. Don't care if he scored a century - still crap - I didn't see it anyway so therefore it didn't happen. It's like there's a horde of vicious angry vikings charging up the hill from their longboat towards you and then this guy jumps out and you die laughing
And yeah, I was going to write something about SA too but cbf. Ridiculously good team. Only weakness is Elgar, who despite his century is still ****.
Nice interview with Kepler Wessels. Maybe he could help out our batsmen?
Craig Cumming was also on this morning talking about openers & pointing out how different test cricket is in terms of pace, areas bowled and pitches. A lot of the guys top scoring now domestically would have learned a lot (eg Redmond, Papps, Fulton). His ideal top order featured Watling opening and Ronchi coming in at 7.
Tamin Iqbal. Glenn Turner is being used as a talent scout for the selectors - they could do worse than ask him to help out.
Or even Rigour. The mental side of it, anyway. We want our openers to be in the 'standing under a tree in the rain screaming for a net' mental area, hunger-wise.
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de Kock might be banned for the first two ODIs so AB might not get to rest his sore back after all.
Jeez, he's a bit stiff, de Kock. What happened?
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That would be a bit hard on de Kock, but physical contact with players is not on.
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