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I just find it hard to believe that Bond has other plans for Bracewell.
Especially given that he was opening the bowling, not bowling first change.
It feels weird saying that, considering how many times he was a one-man team for us. I just get the feeling that he's a "Making losses look not so bad" specialist and isn't the kind of player capable of actually bringing us over the line.
Last edited by wellAlbidarned; 10-10-2013 at 06:48 PM.
Random post alert:
Anyone else think that the group of players we have at the moment, and will likely have in the mix sometime in the next few months (Milne, Ryder etc.) is just so much better to watch than what we've had in the last few years? I always had 3-4 players I liked watching, but with this group I genuinely enjoy watching all of:
Throw in Anderson, Neesham, Henry, Brownlie, Mitch, Wagner etc and Mike's happy. I'd have to go back a decade when Astle, Cairns, Sinclair, Bond, Fleming etc were all around to find an NZ team I enjoyed watching quite as much.
Last edited by Mike5181; 10-10-2013 at 06:52 PM.
Even if we go with the untested (but hugely exciting) Milne, our best attack is Southee, Boult, Milne, Vettori.
The win in Galle required lots of tight overs with the old ball. Bracewell was largely ineffective. Todd Astle picked up a key wicket. That was one wicket, but it was absolutely vital. Even if we assume Vettori is not very penetrative, I still think he can easily be relied upon to pick up the odd crucial wicket and keep things tight with the old ball. That is an essential skill given the extent to which Southee and Boult rely on new ball wickets.
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