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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike5181 View Post
    Well apart from Bruce Martin, it looks like this is the team that's going to play the test.
    Surely Bracewell will play ahead of either Chris Martin or Wagner as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Surely Bracewell will play ahead of either Chris Martin or Wagner as well?
    Yeah, missed him.

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    I guess McCullum is about our only batsman I could actually imagine scoring a century this series (Williamson the only other) and batting at 4 would give him the best chance to do that.

    Still a dumb idea though.

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    Any thoughts from the SA posters on the quality of this invitation xi? Is it a decent side with a few future possibles, or a weak team?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bahnz View Post
    Any thoughts from the SA posters on the quality of this invitation xi? Is it a decent side with a few future possibles, or a weak team?
    It's pretty weak because none of the blokes playing franchise cricket this week were considered; it's essentially been picked out of 3-day amateur league. SeamUp reckons a few of them have some potential but there's no-one even close to playing for SA right now if that's what you're asking.

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    Ah OK. It's not great that the warm up opposition is of a relatively weak standard, but it's still better than nothing I guess.

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    McCullum at 4? Christ, he's going to bowl himself as well, isn't he?

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    McCullum has never shown the capability to bat at number 4.

    If he's not opening he has to be keeping, simple as that.

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    Franklin. You have to be bloody kidding me. Here I was thinking we'd finally seen the last of him but no, he makes a reappearance a whole one test later. ****ing hell.

    Edit: In the nine tests he's played since he came back into the team as a "batsmen" he averages 20 with the bat and 118 with the ball. If that's adding something to the team then **** me.
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    Is there a "Most utterly mediocre player to play a significant amount of tests thread"? I'm sure I've seen one. Franklin's sure to make an appearance in there soon.
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    He was a decent option back when he was a bowler. These days though... Mind you, if it's good for the team, then let him open and keep wicket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wellAlbidarned View Post
    Is there a "Most utterly mediocre player to play a significant amount of tests thread"? I'm sure I've seen one. Franklin's sure to make an appearance in there soon.
    His ****ing non-existent bowling keeps saving him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    He was a decent option back when he was a bowler.
    Yes exactly. Franklin was a good Test cricketer before his injury when he was picked as an opening bowler. It's sad IMO that he'll probably be remembered more for being a massive failure as a batting allrounder post-injury.

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    Currently 259/5 and a very typical NZ scorecard - all of the top five got starts, but the top score is 65. Really needed at least one of those batsmen to go on and make a big century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howsie View Post
    Franklin. You have to be bloody kidding me. Here I was thinking we'd finally seen the last of him but no, he makes a reappearance a whole one test later. ****ing hell.

    Edit: In the nine tests he's played since he came back into the team as a "batsmen" he averages 20 with the bat and 118 with the ball. If that's adding something to the team then **** me.
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    His ****ing non-existent bowling keeps saving him.
    If I can put on my foil hat on for a second...

    He's a member of the Hesson boys club. That is why he's in every squad. That is why he will play in every game of this tour.



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