New Zealand name an unchanged XI.
England win the toss and are bowling first.
Argh no Bracewell.
Wagner has had a decent series numbers wise but he isn't a patch on Bracewell, such a disappointing selection.
Happy to be batting first.
Yes Bracewell would probably be slightly better bet than Wagner but that's the joys of incumbency (and the non-joys of injuring yourself and giving someone else a chance). I can't be too upset about it - bowling attack depends far more on Southee and Boult than it does on the third seamer.
Need a good first session here with the ball. At least 3 down by lunch is what I expect.
That's the series. Green tinge. Pace and bounce. NZ four down by lunch.
Greatest Ever Test XI: JB Hobbs, L Hutton, DG Bradman (c), IVA Richards, BC Lara, GS Sobers, AC Gilchrist (wk), Imran Khan, RJ Hadlee, MD Marshall, SK Warne 12th man: M Muralitharan
Favorite XI: WG Grace, VT Trumper, IVA Richards, DCS Compton, FMM Worrell (c), AC Gilchrist (wk), CL Cairns, SK Warne, FS Trueman, SE Bond, T Richardson 12th man: H Larwood
"Neither of them will have an international cricket acareer past 2016."
Brocky on Martin Guptill and Ish Sodhi. 20/11/2014.
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.
Dean Brownlie @ $9 and BJ Watling @ 10 is bloody good value.
Edit: Top run scorer this innings ftr.
Last edited by Howsie; 21-03-2013 at 04:30 PM.
Evening lads. Nice to see Root and Bairstow playing a Test together, a glimpse of the short voweled future of the side
"Your averages, captain, coaches and players can probably survive incompetence over a relatively short series, so if youíre going to be rubbish, make sure itís against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand or someone."
Ahh lost the toss, interesting to hear Botham thinks that's the series sealed.
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