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    New Zealand Cricket - Pitch marquee first for NZC at Lincoln

    Wonder how W33ra will be looking in this marquee. I'll be disappointed if he hasn't been strutting around getting chix to watch his video as a first-year Massey student; I want some macho caning of short balls and a sort of Unmukt/Wagner duel with that **** Fotia, when the video comes back.

    Pitch marquee first for NZC at Lincoln

    A 45 metre long by 12 metre wide aluminium framed marquee has been erected at the New Zealand Cricket High Performance Centre in Lincoln, in what is an innovative new way to help players train during winter.

    The aluminium framed marquee covers two wickets which had been previously prepared with the use of growth lamps. The lamps are used day and night and are specifically designed to assist in drying the wickets, while simultaneously promoting grass growth.

    The pitches support both pace and spin bowlers and have already been used by the White Ferns at their recent training camp. The NZ Winter Training Squad and NZ U-19 squad will also use the facility.

    “The project has allowed for players to train outside during the winter, which is almost unheard of in New Zealand due to the cold climate,” said NZC’s General Manager Ground and Facilities Ian McKendry.

    “It has produced a number of challenges, but the feedback so far has been excellent and the potential to be able to play on grass all year long is huge.”

    “This is the first step, but it’s an exciting new direction for off-season training.”

    The marquee is scheduled to come down on June 24.

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    I can't believe they haven't thought of this before.

    But still, thank ****ing christ we're ditching the concrete. Maybe our players health insurance will decrease in price now.
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    I applaud the creation of these types of facilities. Cricket in NZ has always been disproportionately affected by the weather imo and facilities like this sprinkled round the country should make a huge difference to that.

    I like the photo - looks like fairly cheap, rudimentary technology, the kind that could be replicated elsewhere without too much difficulty. There will no doubt be teething problems (most likely with getting the conditions consistent right for grass growth and with pitch wear and tear) but if there are a few clever people involved they'll find ways round that. Looks like it needs lighting for use in the winter though.

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    Cricket | Scott Kuggeleijn Signs For Northern Districts... | Stuff.co.nz

    Kuggs leaves, looking to make his NZ debut in shorter forms within the next 12 months. Claims he's not very satisfied with his 32 FC batting ave. Munro has really raised the bar for the instinctive sluggers on the circuit, obvs.

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    Sigh. Shame, that. How does he fit in with ND's needs given they seemed to have much greater depth in bowling stocks than Wellington anyway.
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    They haven't really got that much depth tbh. The West Iindies are here early in the season so there'll be very little Southee or Boult, they'll fit Kuggs in where Bradley Scott/Tuffey/Arnel were in their shorter forms sides. Pamment sounds keen on giving Tony Goodin more of a run, Verma, Baker, Cody Andrews, Corey, Sodhi to probably be a bit of a liability for another season.
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    Whens" the tour january?

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    No confirmed dates out yet, likely to be Tests before Christmas though.

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    Thanx the talk in oz Pollard will miss the Big Bash because of the tour,i guess same with all the Windies players.

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    Can't think of anywhere else to put this, so here is the NZA squad to tour India and Sri Lanka later this year.
    Cricket: Test trio to lead NZ A tour to sub-continent - Sport - NZ Herald News

    A big squad announced, but the absence of Raval and Butler in particular has me a bit puzzled. In fact, I'm not sure who's going to open the batting in that side: Carlchopa and Latham? Feel a bit sorry for Nethula as well, given how much better he was than Astle in the PS.
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    Daniel Flynn has really fallen out of favour, hasn't he?

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    Indeed.

    Guess I'd go for a side of:

    Latham, Carlchopa, Broom, Mitchell, Anderson/Munro, Neesham/Astle, Ronchi, Bracewell/Milne, Sodhi, Henry, Gillespie

    Ugh, horribly weak in batting. Latham averages 30 in FC, Carlchopa and Broom are both out of their preferred position, Mitchell has one season under his belt, and either Neesham or Astle would be batting at least one spot too high at 6. The other possibility is that the selectors intend to continue with the Ronchi-as-opener experiment, which would be ridiculous, so hopefully we can rule that one out.
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    Looks a good tour itinerary. I too am confused by lack of openers - should take Raval/Flynn or just give Rutherford some more practice. Agree too that Nethula is surely still a better spinner than Astle and Sodhi at this point, though I guess Astle is picked on all-round potential (score some runs ffs) and Sodhi as the new Daniel Vettori teenage spin prodigy.

    For the 3 and 4 dayers reckon I'd go:

    Latham (reluctantly as I'd prefer he was in the middle order too)
    Cachopa
    Broom
    Mitchell
    Anderson
    De Boorder
    Ronchi
    Astle
    Bracewell
    Milne/Henry
    Sodhi

    There's so much bowling in the side with Anderson, Mitchell and Cachopa, that De Boorder can play as a specialist bat. Plus we're New Zealand and that means we like to play three wicketkeepers whenever possible. I don't rate Gillespie's chance of getting back to international level as very high so he misses out, though would no doubt get a run in 1 or 2 matches anyway.

    The batting becomes even worse once Broom, De Boorder and Neesham leave for T20 CL and are replaced by Devcich, Kuggle and Ellis.
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