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    Quote Originally Posted by shoes View Post
    Making a player who's the sixth-best batsman, and the worst bowler, and not able to keep any longer, and who hasn't scored a ton in years, captain is not a terribly bright idea. And thanks to Hesson its going to be a problem in the next six months.
    That's far too simplistic of a view in regards to the appointment of a captain. Why is it going to be an issue in the next six months? England couldn't speak highly enough of his captaincy skills, and neither can a lot of his team-mates.

    Let's face it, he's undroppable for a number of reasons being he's Brendon, there's no one better etc. So don't worry about the sixth-best batsman, worst bowler (!!!!) etc. Is he the best man to lead the side? I believe so. Does he need to lift in terms of setting a standard with the bat? Unquestionably. But I don't see figures that suggest he was any stronger or weaker with the (c). Ross might've provided better numbers, notably in Sri Lanka, but the general acceptance was he was a much less proactive captain, exuded a less than adequate body language and reaction to his bowlers, and wasn't the sort of leader a nation scrapping away near the bottom required.
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    C'mon Steve, he's hardly Lee Germon, is he.
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    I remember watching Baz bowl in a test match a few years ago. Didn't look terrible iirc.

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    Delayed start. Curses.


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    Oh, well, that was quick. Here we go. Deep breath and fingers crossed.

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    This partnership needs to be 150+. No reason they can't do it, they both look reasonably comfortable.

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    Today would be a good day for Taylor to pad out that average, show us that he's still got it after the captaincy debacle and score his 9th century in his 50th test.

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    Nice knock, double it, captain material, etc.

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    Hmmmm....

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    Quote Originally Posted by straw man View Post
    Today would be a good day for Taylor to pad out that average, show us that he's still got it after the captaincy debacle and score his 9th century in his 50th test.

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    The big fish. Hmmm.

    This is one of my favourite articles on Taylor:

    Ross Taylor shrugs off his issues in swaggering knock | Cricket News | England v New Zealand | ESPN Cricinfo

    Taylor is an interesting batsman. You feel had he not made it to Test level, he could play every ball on the legside and die a happy man. But despite his obvious talent (he has the 8th best average of any Kiwi Test batsman), he has worked very hard to make himself into a destructive force on the international stage. Yet, he's not. Not consistently. Not like he could be.

    Coupling talent with dedication should be a surefire hit. But Taylor struggles away from home. He isn't as consistent as she should be. He can be ineffectual for long periods.

    Then you see him today. Jimmy Anderson was crushing New Zealand, two quick wickets had spooked the team that had fought like champs to keep England's total low.

    Taylor walked in to a situation that looked dire from the outside. Taylor hit almost as many fours as England did on the entire first day. Taylor scored his fifty at better than a run a ball. Taylor batted like this despite the ball moving around enough to make his team-mates and the opposition find the underside of a leaf to stick themselves to.

    A Taylor innings on full flow is a sight to see. It's like KP, but humble. Bowlers are just there to deliver to him. He owns the crease. He hits the ball in a special way that most people can't do, the way that almost instantly makes the bowler less sure of himself. And he just keeps batting faster and hitting harder until it doesn't matter where the fielders are. Like he owns the ground and everyone in it. It doesn't happen often, but when he does it, it's clear that he's not just a batsman. He's something special.

    You could see it building at Lord's. The flash through point. The slog sweep. The fifty when everyone else saw a 30 as Everest.

    Then, with greatness and an often-replayed highlights package within his grasp, he got a ball that kept a bit low. Not a shooter, but just a ball that hadn't reached the heights it should have. Instead of one of those innings that Taylor plays that makes zealots out of heretics, it was just a cameo.

    In the full story of Taylor's career, it felt about right, with everything that has gone with him recently, it felt way short. Taylor is 29, and the next four years should be his best. At the least his average should jump over 45, and he should be demanding that he ends up as one of the greatest New Zealand players of all time.

    Today was just a taster, all he really did is show us that he was not a Zombie ant, but he can do much more than that.

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    Why Mushfiqur won't bowl Gazi in tandem with Shakib i'll never understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendrix View Post
    Yes I liked that article too. It would be brilliant if Taylor could make that extra leap to the level of someone like Pietersen and maintain it for those next four years. I think he has it in him.

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    Anderson has moobs.

    He looks uncomfortable out there.

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    Cricinfo showing their incompetence:

    40.6
    Shakib Al Hasan to Anderson, no run, turned past the short leg fielder for a single.



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