Fourth wooden spoon in a row for the Stags in shorter forms? Think so.
If we were to play 2 allrounders like we did at the Basin, Kuggs is arguably a better choice than Neesham in that he's more of a bowling allrounder.
It's an interesting dynamic. We know that Anderson has been given very direct orders in that his batting is what will keep him selected, but I'm not quite sure if we've had the opposite for Neesham and they want to play them both together often or whether they see Neesham and Anderson as being interchangeable.
At least with Kuggs it's pretty clear that his bowling is what will get him in the team, but he's got to be a fair way down the list. Behind the likes or Henry and Bennett at the very least in ODIs, but also Wagner will likely be given a shot, as well as Milne and a few other blokes. In tests Henry has got to be the first cab off the rank and I'm not sure whether they've ditched the idea of Gillespie yet, or even Bracewell.
The only thing cooking will be your antlers, ftr.
Has Kuggs got his List A economy <6rpo yet?
I said earlier however, before the season, I just don't rate his bowling whatsoever. I don't see anything that screams "I'm a future international seamer" He's late 130's, skiddy and straight up and down. He is a long way down on my list of bowlers in New Zealand. I'll stick with what I said years ago that if he's going to make it as an international cricketer (and I'm talking Test and ODI's here) it'll be as a batting all rounder. I think he has a lot more potential with the bat then he does with the ball, but he isn't a patch on either Anderson or Neesham and both of them are those sort of players.
Hopefully he makes the 'A' tour to England this winter, can bat eight, maybe seven, and comes back next season batting in the top six. Would do him a world of good IMO.
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Problem is, Neesham and Anderson are the same age so he's basically sweating on injuries or change of roles from either of those guys. He'll play for NZ, but not consistently.
Kyle Jamieson playing as Bennett's replacement.
Ah good, Latham's out. Out sweeping.
Last edited by Kippax; 01-04-2014 at 05:36 PM.
Ah, damn, the final on Saturday is at Mt Maunganui. I had been thinking of going if it had been Hamilton or Whangarei, but the Mount is just a bit too far after working till 11 the previous night.
At least it's on TV.
"Nicol's out - wonderful piece of bowling from Woodcock, that turned and bounced".
"Classical delivery from Woodcock" - Chris Martin.
Wonder if Devcich will play the televised final. Or even better internationals.
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