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The NZTailender Supporting XI:
H Rutherford, N Broom, Craig Cachopa, M Bracewell, D Brownlie, BJ Watling, D de Boorder+, I Sodhi, B Wheeler, H Bennett, A Milne
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I wouldn't be upset if he played Tests for us, though. Scaly's words have basis.
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T2 D2. Should see at least a little bit of Elgar vs. Wagner there.
a) An irrational hatred of Ronchi; and
b) A faulty assumption that Ryder will be back.
But if he's correct in the later of those, then NZ's middle order will look like this:
Taylor and Ryder are absolute locks for 4 and 6 respectively. Scaly is being unnecessarily dismissive of Brownlie and Watling. They weren't just the best of a bad bunch. Their failures in 45ao-gate were the most forgiveable - both got unplayable deliveries from Philander that leaped off a good length on the line of off stump and jagged away. They both averaged 40+ against the best fast bowling attack in the world. Their efforts legitimately demand reselection for the England series. Watling's keeping isn't the flashest, but it's hardly like New Zealand have a top quality spin bowler whose presence requires a high class keeper. So unless you decide to drop Williamson and move everyone up by one position there's not really a place for Ronchi at this stage. Watling could yet come undone, but his efforts in SA and his performances in ODI's in 2012 should've secured his position in the side until at least the conclusion of New Zealand's tour of England.
If Ryder isn't available, I would be tempted to bat Ronchi at 7, relieve BJ of the keeping duties and tell him to focus on making runs at 6. Still, even that's tricky, as that would leave NZ worryingly light on 5th bowling options. He'd need to keep piling on the runs in domestic cricket for the pro's to outweigh the con's.
Last edited by Bahnz; 16-01-2013 at 09:29 PM.
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Haha yeah, I've always thought a bit along those lines. The old non-counting score policy tends to dapple the light the way a Kiwi likes it, and because a bad ball doesn't have the finality risk of a bad shot, it should more reliably enhance our XI than a batsman. Take the edge off and you should get them chipping in with 3-3-2-2 hauls at everyday low prices.
Last edited by Kippax; 16-01-2013 at 11:39 PM.
One final word on the Ronchi thing: I'm not saying he shouldn't make the side because he's a terrible cricketer, I'm saying he doesn't fit because we already have a performing wicketkeeper, Brownlie has made runs, and Taylor and Ryder are (well okay, only likely in Ryder's case) returning. His style of play does not suit being a 3-5 either.
You could shuffle the deck chairs to fit everyone in but that means designating a valuable and scarce resource to open the batting when none of the middle order batsmen, probably Watling included, are cut for opening.
Btw I forgot to ask earlier but Flynn seems to have batted himself out of everyones fan made teams, even as an opener. I know he scored piffle but I take it he got out in numpty ways?
On the topic of Flynn opening, I have a feeling it's going to happen for England but I don't think it will work. He has the defensive technique but his scoring shots are not opener material. Too slashy.
Last edited by Mike5181; 17-01-2013 at 01:33 AM.
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