OK, so we all know that after every 2nd division county season where Franklin takes his customary bag of wickets we get our hopes up he's taking bowling seriously again, only for him to average 50 with bat and ball in the Plunket Shield, but the below might be good for cautious optimism...
Cricket: Franklin eyes more history in Cape Town - Sport - NZ Herald NewsOriginally Posted by Bond spelling out to Franklin 5 years too late that he really is a bowling allrounder
Franky off a long run-up. The South African's will be shaking in their boots.
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The making of Mitchell McClenaghan
Pretty good article about McClenaghan - I didn't know some of that stuff. Less good where the author forgets Wagner exists and paints the third seamer race as between Martin and McClenaghan.
I hope to see Wagner in the side. But if they pick Martin I hope he bowls adequately and then retires gracefully.
Is Franklin really going to bat 7 below Watling? That's such a cop-out and complete admission that he's not offering anything to the team. If he bats 6 at least he knows he's expected to be a batsman and will be judged as such. We can pretend.
Only good thing about Franklin batting 7 would be that Vettori can replace him there for the England series.
"McCleneghan is quick - upper 140s quick"
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lol yeah, Richardson said something in his column for the Herald about McClenaghan being as quick as Milne. Just like Ian Butler was as quick as Shane Bond back in the day right?
He might be quicker than he's shown but 140 is fine. It's the massive improvements in accuracy and his ability to hit the bat very hard that impress me. He looked way quicker than he was clocking in the 20/20s, so we're probably going to hear a lot of the "speed gun doesn't do him justice" calls if he plays for NZ more and does well.
McClenaghan has a worse record with the ball than Jimmy Neeshan in the Plunket Shield this season. Let's wait a while before talking him up.
Mitchell McClenaghan, Pre-Xmas Plunket Wickets - YouTube
Who has impressed at Eden Park this season, Butler, Mills, Bartlett. I'd give Mitch a bit of slack in his average due to that, but seeing he should appreciate decent bounce in a track himself, not a full pass.
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I'm constantly impressed with the way he's handling himself both onfield and in the media on this tour. He's come a long way from the kid who snuck into Southees debut Test press conference as a spectator with a cheeky grin and a few suds under his belt
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