I'm encouraged that his slogging has proceeded to the point where he's scoring domestic hundreds but he's still there for a good time not a long time. Can see his batting going the way of Zaheer Khan or Kyle Mills - looks promising early in career but then batting doesn't just stall, it actually goes backwards. Now if he could just be as good a bowler as Zaheer Khan...
Also, Bucko has looked pretty solid for a man making his Test debut so it's not like we've putting some numpty ahead of him.
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Vimes tells it how it is:
I imagine the comments about potentially dropping Boult are based on a couple of assumptions by the journalist:
1) Southee, as the leader of the bowling attack, is undroppable regardless of current form.
2) Wagner has taken enough wickets that there's no way he'll be dropped.
Therefore, Boult is the one who would be replaced. I think that such a conclusion would be nonsense. But given how Boult was dropped after just 1 so-so test against SA last year, you can't rule it out entirely.
Good to see that we're finally likely to get a full 5 days play. It really irritates me that McCullum is once again premeditating to bowl first, especially given how badly things played out at Wellington.
I see there is a bit of support for dropping Monty for either Tredwell or Woakes here and in the press. I'm really not a fan of Monty but it would be pretty ridiculous to play Tredwell. Yes Tredwell is a better batsman and fielder but his batting is test quality 9 or 10 and he probably wouldn't stand in the slips so he isn't improving the team that much in this respect. Panesar whatever his faults is clearly a much better bowler and Tredwell is pretty underprepared having not played since the ODI's and having flown home and back in the mean time.
Playing 4 seamers and no spinner is really risky too especially as the weather is set fair for this match. Monty may not be massively threatening but he is an excellent first innings bowler bowling lots of overs inexpensively holding up an end whilst the seamers work at the other. Even with 4 seamers they're all going to be tired if they have a whole day in the field(that is 20+ overs in the day for all of them) and if the wicket is flat they're gonna be in real trouble. I would be slightly more in favour of this if Root and Trott had bowled a bit more on this tour.
Well should be fun anyway. Last game of the winter.
Bracewell should play instead of wagner and monty will keep his place, just.
Caaarrrn the Land!! Time to finish this tour off with a bang.
If by some miracle the Aussies manage to win their dead rubber and we go down in this test they'll go ahead of us in the rankings......bull***** I know but that's the facts. Must not happen under any circumstances, so we need a big win here.
And we've won the toss and will have a bowl.
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