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    Mitch McClenaghan - NZ's most underrated player?

    Was following a few threads in which a lot of Kiwis aren't even sure if McClenaghan should be in our World Cup side.

    Here are his stats, alongside those of Shane Bond and Kyle Mills:

    MM ave: 23.48
    SB ave: 20.88
    KM ave: 26.82

    MM SR: 24.3
    SB SR: 29.2
    KM SR: 34.0

    MM Econ: 5.77
    SB Econ: 4.28
    KM Econ: 4.73

    The biggest difference is the economy rate, where McClenaghan gives up 15 runs per 10 over spell compared to Bond and 10 runs compared to Mills, but otherwise his stats are surely too good to even seriously contemplate leaving this guy out...?

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    Na, has been gifted quite a few wickets in that lot. Still not as good as Mills or Southee. I can see why people leave him out of their lineups sometimes.
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    All I'll say is he'd have to spray it Robert Kennedy-esque from now until February to not be our opening bowler at the World Cup. Baz has put faith in him and been consistently rewarded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveNZ View Post
    All I'll say is he'd have to spray it Robert Kennedy-esque from now until February to not be our opening bowler at the World Cup. Baz has put faith in him and been consistently rewarded.
    Yup, we'd be the laughing stock of world cricket if we left him out of the squad. Fortunately, can't see our selectors being that short-sighted.


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    I don't rate him that highly. He's had a great start to his ODI career, but there's no way he's a legit 23 average guy. I wouldn't mind him proving me wrong though, because that'd mean we'd have a real quality bowler in our attack. I just think long-term someone like Matt Henry is more likely to produce consistently good results for us.
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    Jesus Christ there are more threads in Cricket Chat discussing New Zealand cricket than there are actual New Zealand cricket fans.

    Anton Devcich most underrated tbh.

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    It is also odd that everyone thinks Boult is a cert. Trent has great test and 1st class stats but pretty poor with the white ball
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    Ross Taylor is our most underrated player.

    Anton Devcich is our most overrated. Just because a few top players have beards doesn't mean growing a beard can substitute for hard work.

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    Most canny bowler, not sure about him to be honest.

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    The only way some of those wickets weren't just down to luck would be if you can make a case that he gets more bounce than most bowlers which there could be something to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeeGee View Post
    Ross Taylor is our most underrated player.

    Anton Devcich is our most overrated. Just because a few top players have beards doesn't mean growing a beard can substitute for hard work.
    Na, everyone rates Taylor. He is still the best player you have no matter how good Williamson is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zorax View Post

    Anton Devcich most underrated tbh.
    From what I've seen he's the worst player to represent NZ since James Marshall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    The only way some of those wickets weren't just down to luck would be if you can make a case that he gets more bounce than most bowlers which there could be something to.
    He does get a fair bit of bounce.
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