He's done well but there will always be an * against those runs because of the "Score runs in the top four or you're just another Munro" meme.
And Neil Broom plays in the top four, sometimes too high in the top four...
Actually forgot about Latham. Can cover the whole top 6 (and ANOTHER unneeded back up keeper)
Gazi should be ecstatic
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If I was a Bangladesh fan, this would be the series I'd have been waiting eagerly for since 2010 when Bangladesh beat NZ 4-0 in the ODIs. Pencilled in late 2013 at home as just possibly the country's first test series victory over top-8 opposition.
I realise Bangladesh cricket hasn't exactly made great strides forward since 2010 (though I haven't watched enough to know just how good their current team is or isn't) but I'm surprised at the apparent lack of interest from fans and that the TV rights haven't sold. This has the potential to be a milestone series for Bangladesh. Even if they're in a poor way, NZ still struggle to play spin and will always give Bangladesh a chance through our batting frailty.
As for NZ, we need to look to the Sri Lanka series for inspiration (not the infighting part; the other part). Taylor, McCullum and Williamson have done ok in the subcontinent and so has Vettori with the bat, if he plays. Watling, Rutherford, Brownlie (if selected) et al should view this as a chance to remedy existing deficiencies against spin bowling.
Our bowlers will do the best they can with the conditions but if the pitches completely nullify seam bowling then we may be reliant on Bangladesh giving their wickets away.
And just as we have another subcontinent tour coming up, that man Jeets takes more wickets in County Div 1 and is now the 4th highest wicket-taker in the comp. This feels somehow familiar.
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Haha yeah doesn't this happen annually?
He should probably be asked to achieve a season sub-25 average in English cricket and to dominate NZ domestix (something he's never done iirc) to get another look in. 46 @ 28 is one of those things where on face value it looks like he bowled decently without being outstanding. We haven't seen a single ball though.
When are you leaving your Scottish and Essex clubs to come into Div 1 and average high 20s with bat and ball?
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If he was ever going to play again though surely it was going to be in leeds (rather than play 4 seamers on a dry deck), but he has just really fallen out of favour - partially because they think Williamson is a good enough spinner.
it was also about the drinking incident in queens town after an England XI tour game.
Agree that he's been treated harshly. The team was bowled out for 47 ffs. Methinks they found an escape goat.
Bowlers with FC averages north of 40 can't complain about harsh treatment.
If he had never played any international cricket he may well have been dropped by Wellington by now. Luke Woodcock can average 40 with the ball and is a much better batsman.
Luke Woodcock is a poor man's Nathan McCullum.
And that's saying something.
Seriously though, are we surprised that an older spinner has found ways to get in the wickets? Seems to happen all the time. Jeets always had a nice action and used to get reasonable amounts of turn.
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