Nicol's hair is disgusting
Nicol's hair is disgusting
Commentators having a horrible night judging where the ball is going. "That's six, and he's out!" has happened a few times tonight.
Don't squander the gold of your days making a shrine of cricket videos, trying to improve the hopeless failure, giving your life away to the Blockys, the Devciches and the Weerasundaras! Surrender your devout little cricketing heart to the inured agribusinessman.
NZ RAIN RADAR . AGRIBUSINESS MONITORING . VIDEO STASH . DOOR TO THE VAULT
Auckland need 398 from 98 overs to win, instead they are 11/0 after 11 overs. BoooooringNow 28/0 after 21. Siddons to troll Matt Horne.It is 11.33am, and there are already six men around the bat for Vettori
Why Jeetan Patel Gets A Better Re-Turn With Bears | Stuff.co.nz
The stats don't tell the full story, but they're a good place to start.
In 90 games for Wellington, since his debut in 2000, offspinner Jeetan Patel has taken 200 wickets at 39.90, including six five-wicket bags. But in two and a bit winters with English county Warwickshire, the 33-year-old has snared 126 victims at 27.50, with eight five-fors in his 35 outings.
You don't need to be a mathematician to see there's a disparity there.
Patel has some simple explanations than that. One's the pitches he's played on in England. They turn and any spinner on the New Zealand domestic circuit will tell you wickets don't do that here.
Another reason is the amount of cricket. Spinners need overs and Patel gets plenty with the Bears.
And then? Well, a little help from your friends doesn't hurt either.
"We've got a left-arm bowler, Keith Barker, whose footmarks are fantastic for a right-arm spinner and that's the dead set truth," Patel said.
"He lands exactly where I want to land the ball and he's very good at manipulating the umpires. He really does encroach on the danger zone, but that certainly helps."
But the fundamental difference from here and there is turn. That enables Patel to go from being the defensive bowler he's often had to be for Wellington, to an attacking one that Warwickshire expect to lead them to wins and trophies.
Whether the wickets are under or over-prepared, they turn. Wet or dry, they turn.
Here the wickets can do a little for the quicks, otherwise they start true and stay true, leaving drift and bounce as the only weapons in a spinner's arsenal.
"Batters here don't get tested on spinning wickets and when teams go away they certainly find out pretty quick that they haven't been tested. They tend to have one or two options against spin and, as soon as they're taken away from them, it's 'well, what do I do next?"'
The diet of cricket in England has meant Patel's own options as a bowler have expanded too.
"You're playing constantly, so you're not trying to re-invent the wheel every time, because you've had a week off in between," said Patel, who was Warwickshire's player of the year in 2013 and has been re-signed for next year.
"You learn more from playing and training and that's just the same for everyone. But, for me, I've got to bowl and bowl and bowl."
Problem-solving and turning bad days into good ones, or eliminating the bad ones entirely, have been the big things Patel believes he's picked up from county cricket.
He's also changed his attitude from wondering what's in this for me or how is this getting me in the Black Caps, to how can I help my team win this game.
"If that means bowling 40 overs into the wind at the Basin and going at two and a half [runs an over] then that's my job."
He got off to a useful start to this Plunket Shield summer, wheeling down 63 overs for a match analysis of six for 209 in Wellington's draw with Otago.
Indian Summer Likely Daniel Vettori Target | Stuff.co.nz
Daniel Vettori doesn't expect to be back in the Black Caps until the latter stages of the home international summer of cricket.
The former Black Caps skipper marked his long-awaited return to the first-class arena with a five-wicket bag for the Northern Knights against the Auckland Aces in Hamilton yesterday.
But Vettori, while making great strides in his recovery from a second operation on an Achilles tendon injury, still wants to tread warily for a while yet.
The 34-year-old told the Waikato Times that the visit of the West Indies in December is likely to be too early for him to return to the Black Caps.
"I need to do this day in, day out for a long time," Vettori said after taking 5-39 off 22 overs at Seddon Park to give the Knights a slight advantage midway through the four-day encounter.
"I still think I'm a wee way away from overall fitness and conditioning. The goal is to plug away for ND for at least a little while.
"I think Ish [Sodhi] did really well in Bangladesh and they'll want to persevere with him."
So Auckland need just under 300 from 50 overs. That would be a tall order in a one day game. It's good to see T Mac playing long innings but he's hurting his team here, unless Auckland never planned to go for the win. A strike rate of 24 is a bit excessive even for someone playing an anchor role so maybe they're batting for the draw. They still have 10 wickets in the bank with 100+ on the board and Raval just took three fours in a row off Sodhi so I guess they're a chance and when a wicket falls it will be interesting to see whether CdG gets a promotion.
Last edited by Flem274*; 02-11-2013 at 06:55 PM.
Earn the right to win in the final session, with a short boundary.
Horne probably guessed that Cachopa, Kitchen and CdG were odds-on to look at the mountain to climb this morning and fall in a heap to Vettori. Kippax is quite impressed with the culture change.
Last edited by Kippax; 02-11-2013 at 07:25 PM.
Raval should have been on that A tour. I still think that decision was ridiculous. He's got a great record for an NZ opener.
Last edited by Mike5181; 02-11-2013 at 07:43 PM.
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