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    God it's good to see someone standing up to good bowling finally.

    Well done Taylor. Keep going. You are a marvelous mofo.

    Piedt coming good as well. Morkel really letting things slide now, huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    They're always going to be prone to the old middle order collapse with such a mercurial line-up, Zimbabwe.

    I know pretty much nothing about this bowling line-up. No Jarvis is of course a disappointment. What's happened to Waller? Just not selected?
    Waller's been batting with a needle lately. Should've been picked anyway really but the new coach is seemingly under the illusion that pretending Zimbabwe have the depth and talent of a top eight nation will make it so; we're going to see relentless knee-jerking and general poor selection under his reign IMO.
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    Really like that zim aren't just rolling over.
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    Yep, being outclassed a bit for sure, but fighting to stay in the game and causing a headache here and there, as good as you could have realistically expected I'd say
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    And what happened to Prosper Utseya?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    And what happened to Prosper Utseya?
    He's in the squad; just not picked here. He doesn't really put enough on it to be a threat in Tests. I was very sceptical of Nyumbu given his pretty mediocre returns in the Logan Cup (particularly when the national first fifteen weren't on tour..), but he's actually looked really good today. He's a better Test bowling option than Utseya if he can bowl like this consistently, although Prosper did add some bite to the tail.

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    Seem to recall Utseya bowling rather well against Pakistan and being quite crafty, but I'll take your word for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    Seem to recall Utseya bowling rather well against Pakistan and being quite crafty, but I'll take your word for it
    Yeah, I've always been a bit of a random fanboy, and I was surprised by the dropping for several reasons (although not *that* surprised because of the new coach's contrarian stance against anyone with experience), but if Nyumbu can bowl like this every time then it's fine really.

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    Imagine ballance in this team.. Would possibly be able to bat for draws if that was the case.

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    Ballance wouldn't be the batsman he is today though if he only ever knew the Zimbabwean system.

    Whenever Zimbabwe play I wonder whether Dion Ebrahim is still playing club cricket back in my home province.
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    1. Sibanda
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    Waller, Williams, Fast Bowler, Fast Bowler.

    Not a bad squad, if you could get everyone back and not throwing.
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    Ballance would open and Williams would play ahead of Sibanda IMO. Colin de Grandhomme would be around the squad as well I'm sure.

    Anthony Ireland would possibly be in the mix as he still gets a game in county cricket, but I think I'd still think I'd pick Chatara and Shingi Masakadza ahead of him (as well as the guys in the side you've listed).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Ballance wouldn't be the batsman he is today though if he only ever knew the Zimbabwean system.

    Whenever Zimbabwe play I wonder whether Dion Ebrahim is still playing club cricket back in my home province.
    Our club got Anthony Ireland for the first half of the 2012 season. Should give him a test debut tbh.
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    This English top three are cornflakes. They're not the most exciting thing out but they're pretty effective. Then the middle order are the sugar. Would be too much on their own but added to the cornflakes they add some much needed interest

    When KP returns he will be the banana..

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    Can't believe SA has stuck to faf at 3 and moved amla down with ab at 5. With AB not keeping anymore and Amla doing well at #3 surely you Faf at #5 makes more sense?
    Last edited by viriya; 10-08-2014 at 10:51 PM.

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    I think the way forward is to have some versatility in the batting line up? either way, I think faf has accounted for himself quite well so far.

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