It was also good to see that Southee is developing an inswinger, might be very potent in the future
I just wanted to pop in and say how awesome yesterday was. I took the afternoon off work and watched the final two sessions. I now have no fingernails left. What an absolute emotional roller coaster. But, despite that roller coaster, at the end of play I didn't feel disappointed. Instead I felt exhilarated. New Zealand didn't win, but the team played their hearts out. And England played magnificently to deny them. The team should not be ashamed of not winning, or feel regret for decisions and actions that they did not take and which might have helped them win. They should just feel proud of their performance. Damn proud.
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Moving on a bit from the disappointment of yesterday, I'm now more accepting that it was still a great performance, a great series result and great for test cricket in New Zealand.
Many people (including myself) have been questioning Southee's resolve when it comes to bowling long spells/bowling in long innings.
I got over that a lot yesterday. I was really happy for the guys, they just kept trying, and trying, and trying. It felt like a massive move on from the times when you felt like the attitude was "just bowl at them and hopefully something might happen" (AKA Vettori bowling the last few years), and England never looked all that comfortable (but still managed to survive, so good on them for that).
Yes, catches were dropped, Bartin didn't bowl well (weird as he had been reasonably consistent through most of the test series), the ball should have knocked over the stumps, but stuff happens like that in cricket.
While I would have loved if we had won the test match, was great to see DRS remove a couple of dodgy LBW's. Would have hated if the shoe was on the other foot, and a NZ effort to save a match was cut off by two decisions like the one's Broad and Prior had overturned.
And Prior, what an innings. Just so unruffled by anything until it was all over - skying the ball, nearly playing on, getting to his hundred, coming and going of partners. I great effort from him. I know Bell batted for the longest, but Prior was the innings for me.
Is Brownlie just plain unfashionable? Slowish bat and a good consolidator at 5. Taylor and Watling both scored less runs than he did, yet he's the only one people would drop...
Isn't a slow batsman either. Before this series his runs have come pretty fast, even in favourable bowling conditions like Australia 2011 and South Africa 2013.
People are just selecting with the overly optimistic impression that Jesse Ryder will come into the side and immediately switch from the slogger he has been in the Plunket Shield to the classy batsman who scored a double hundred against India in 2009.
Taylor and Williamson are the middle order golden boys so Brownlie gets the shove by virtue of not having hype (or a 40+ average in Taylor's case).
Ryder should be waiting on the sidelines, scoring runs properly, until someone underperforms for longer than five minutes.
This is just a random observation, but I don't remember ever watching an NZ team with more batsmen I actually enjoyed watching. Williamson, Taylor, Brownlie, McCullum, and to a lesser extent Watling/Rutherford. Throw in Jesse Ryder, and I'm happy entertainment-wise. Boult in particular is a nice bowler to watch as well.
against Australia. :detective