Vettori and Ronchi aren't openers, and nor will they be considered options. Let's be realistic here. Flynn was an option there, but he played himself out of the mix by playing even worse than Guptill. Hesson confirmed Watling's not going to be moving up the order, so he's out. That leaves Guptill, Fulton, Rutherford, and Raval as options. With those options, I'm sticking with Guptill. Has anyone actually heard any sort of update on Vettori? Last I heard he was reluctant to make the three-test England series his comeback target. That potentially throws Bruce Martin in the mix after Patel's dire performances over in South Africa.
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Arghhhh, Watling isn't an opening batsmen ffs. He's terrible, always has been and always will be. I mean do you think it was a coincidence that when he filled in for Flynn during the Windies tour that he went back to looking like an absolute muppet, feet going nowhere and bat a mile away from the body. Leave him where he is, he's been one of New Zealand's best cricketers since taking up the gloves, why would you attempt to change him back into a below average opening batsmen again? Especially after we just went through the mess that was Hopkins, Young and Van Wyk.
You want to turn someone into a test match opener, go back to Flynn, at least he has the game for it.
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Flynn's got more of an ingrained ND short-termism to his play tbh, Reminds me of golfers I've known who're on the range 10 hours a day tweaking swing mechanics, because shaving shots off their score with better shot selection and course management is a bit pretentious and beyond their scope.
Don't underestimate just how tentative and boyish Watling's initial effort was. The fact he's actually won some plaudits from a tough crowd and the knowledge there's a stronger team to follow makes him at least a better option than Guptill and Rutherford, which is what I'm after.
Still needs to score more domestic runs obv.
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