If Southee opened he would be a fish out of water and would try to bat sensibly (and get out) before having a wild swing if he lasted to the 5th over.
In our club cricket we often promote number 11 to open if we run out of ideas to fix a batting slump. We give instructions to the tail ender to just have a crack and try to unsettle the bowlers. In all twenty times I have seen it tried the "big hitting" tail ender tries to impersonate a dour opening batsman and gets out quick smart.
I got great enjoyment shouting "WHY THE **** ISN'T THIS GAME BEING PLAYED AT THE BASIN?!>!?!?" to reasonably significant cheers from the sparse crowdOverrated XI Warner, Burns, Steve Smith, Rahane, Bairstow, Alecz Day, Donovan Grobelaar, Luke Ronchi, Faulkner, Dan Christian, Permaulone day NZ will bring chappell to his knees in a puddle of his own tears and you'll see Phlegm on his belly greedily tasting every delicious tear before watching the hope fade from that old ****s eyes.
Actually that game is eerily similar to the ghastly spectacle we just saw, innit? Chasing a seemingly gettable 249, then suddenly 28-6.
Oram scoring a 100 against steyn, ntini, and pollock in SA. I just can't picture it.
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