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However, there has to be some type of justification for why one player is deemed more likely to succeed than another. In the case of, say Milne, it's very obvious and easily justifiable.
Others though, it's very difficult to see why they're in the A team. Sodhi was picked ahead of better performing spinners - I'd be fine with this if it was solely for his development. But then they picked him in the test squad.
It's just inconsistent. The desire to pick players based on what they could be must be tempered by reality.
I think as Devich showed by repeatedly berating the umpire for his wicket off a no ball the other night ("why didn't you refer the ball before?"), there are certain guys who are so inherently opportunistic and lacking in self-reflection that they'll never learn anything from your good turns tbh. It becomes a lot like giving your lunch money to a bully just this once.
Obviously Ryder is the natural fit for that role at the World Cup but there is no guarentee that he will be available.
Devcich will probably never play a test for NZ, but they way he is playing this tour at the moment he might have forced his way into the limited overs squad for the Bangers, which I think comes out tomorrow.
Yeah, I don't have a problem with us having a look at Devcich for ODIs. He's done well in this series.
if devcich plays for nz on the back of his first ever good knock after years and years of being dire i will kill a puppy.
and you can still pick a squad of players you like and keep it halfway balanced, even if you want to disagree with me that team success > individual success (though again if you want individual success then team success is needed because teams that lose are full of players who are sucking bar maybe one or two and not giving you any individual success)
there is no excuse for the lack of specialist batsmen, especially openers, in this squad.
so i just checked whats up in the current one dayer and devcich has another half century, well played.
now keep doing it and save a puppy.
OK peeps to tie their colours to the mast and reply for the record whether they are pro or anti Devcich. Pro means you wouldn't mind him being picked for NZ tomorrow.
I am obviously anti and am quite stunned he has put together any performances of note for the A team and don't want to deal with the reality he may have improved from three years ago when I was first mortified by him.
has been ok in limited overs off the top of my head, but really needs one or two defining seasons where he makes himself at home in the ND side. from watching him in the last couple of years he simply wasn't very good.
but he has a chance to make us consistently eat it this season.
More anti than you could possibly imagine.
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Supporting Petone's Finest since the very start - Iain O'Brien
Adam Wheater - Another batsman off the Essex production line
Also Supporting the All Time #1 Batsman of All Time Ever - Jacques Kallis and the much maligned Peter Siddle.
Vimes tells it how it is:
Anti, go with someone who's proven he can make anchoring hundreds (admittedly on complete roads) in Papps. You've got your one chancer with limited light behind the eyes in Rutherford already imo.
To Devcich's credit his wagon wheels are excellent in terms of a nice balance of shots. However, we spent just over a year trying to make another very meretricious bat in Nicol a thing, trying to get him away with a big bruising debut against a minnow as well.
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