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.
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.
McCullum at 4? Christ, he's going to bowl himself as well, isn't he?
McCullum has never shown the capability to bat at number 4.
If he's not opening he has to be keeping, simple as that.
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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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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