Page 1 of 238 1231151101 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 3559
Like Tree1069Likes

Thread: ***Official*** South Africa in New Zealand 2017

  1. #1
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    AKL
    Posts
    5,166

    ***Official*** South Africa in New Zealand 2017

    Schedule

    Feb 17, Fri New Zealand vs South Africa, Only T20I
    Eden Park, Auckland

    Feb 19, Sun New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st ODI
    Seddon Park, Hamilton

    Feb 22, Wed New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd ODI
    Hagley Oval, Christchurch

    Feb 25, Sat New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd ODI
    Westpac Stadium, Wellington

    Mar 01, Wed New Zealand vs South Africa, 4th ODI
    McLean Park, Napier

    Mar 04, Sat New Zealand vs South Africa, 5th ODI
    Eden Park, Auckland

    Mar 08, Wed - Mar 12, Sun New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st Test

    University Oval, Dunedin

    Mar 16, Thu - Mar 20, Mon New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd Test
    Basin Reserve, Wellington

    Mar 25, Sat - Mar 29, Wed New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test
    Seddon Park, Hamilton
    Roshaan likes this.

  2. #2
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    AKL
    Posts
    5,166
    De Villiers giving NZ Test Cricket a skip is an interesting move; and I think a bit of a political one against the South African board, interesting that they're only booking one T20 also.

    South Africa obviously favorites due to our woeful bowling at the moment, but I do think there is a little bit of false confidence, De Kock is the only guy who you feel is actually in proper form, the rest have been famine or feast and Amla in particular has only scored runs against the popgun Sri Lankan attack.

    Hopefully Boult finds his best, Southee gets dropped and NZ stop the De Grandhomme project.

  3. #3
    State Vice-Captain jcas0167's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Wellington
    Posts
    1,005

  4. #4
    Cricket Web: All-Time Legend _Ed_'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Marsden Bay, NZ
    Posts
    22,115
    I like him as a prospect, but at the moment he lacks the stamina IMO.


  5. #5
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    AKL
    Posts
    5,166
    What I noticed about him in the last few matches was that he's holding an out-swingers grip which with his front on action, I just don't think will work for him - I'm surprised he's not been coached around the wrist position and grip for an in-swinger; that's definitely a "Please Shane Bond, work with this kid" prospect.

  6. #6
    Cricket Web: All-Time Legend NZTailender's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Posts
    23,456
    Too soon. I'd rather we pick Hamish Bennett or hand Wh33ler a cap.
    President of SKAS - Kat is King | Proud member of CVAAS - One of the best | LRPLTAS - Rosco rocks!
    Go Tigers!
    R.I.P. Fardin & Craig

  7. #7
    International Coach Bahnz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Wigton Unzud
    Posts
    12,267
    I don't think he is, note how Hesson is clearly responding to a question from Geenty and is very non-commital in his response ("He [Ferguson] is certainly in the mix, not for the next test match, but he's bowled a lot of overs in Plunket Shield the last couple of years. We've given him a few work-ons. He's a really promising cricketer in all forms but not just at this stage"). There's nothing there to suggest that Ferguson is being considered for the SA series.

    I think it's more that Mark Geenty is too busy slobbering over Ferguson's speed readings to pay attention to how badly he's bowled.
    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    I can think of a list of Sydney Grade posters who would contribute a better average post than Bahnz.
    Maow like no one can hear you maowing.

  8. #8
    Not Terrible Athlai's Avatar
    Duck Hunt Champion! Plops Champion!
    Tournaments Won: 2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    #BlamePhlegm
    Posts
    36,772
    Quote Originally Posted by NZTailender View Post
    Too soon. I'd rather we pick Hamish Bennett or hand Wh33ler a cap.
    Yeah Bennett starting to put up his hand again.
    Direbirds FTW!
    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    420 BLAZE IT

  9. #9
    International Coach Bahnz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Wigton Unzud
    Posts
    12,267
    I tend to agree with Blocky. I think South Africa will win this series and win it well, but the gulf between the two teams isn't that great that it couldn't be overcome. With de Villiers out I think the two batting lineups are fairly evenly matched. South Africa have a clear edge in the bowling, but with Abbot, Morkel and Steyn out of the picture it seems, then the gap isn't as outrageous as it has been in recent series. Before this week Boult's performances this season were improving steadily, Wagner's doing his thing, and even Southee managed to produce a quality showing against Pakistan. For New Zealand to win a test, they would need essentially all of their big 6 (the seam trio, plus Latham, KW and Taylor) to produce excellent performances which is unlikely but far from impossible. Prediction is 2-1 to SAF. Really looking forward to the series.

  10. #10
    Cricket Web: All-Time Legend Zinzan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    cover point
    Posts
    24,106
    No doubt the omission of Abbott, Steyn, AB & Morkel weakens SA, although let's not forget only Abbott of those 4 played in the side that just thumped Australia.

    That said, NZ are extremely fortunate they don't have to face up to Abbott on our decks, have a feeling they would have suited him down to the ground.

    I don't think there's all that much between the two sides in batting, but I do think SA's best 5 players in Faf, Amla, Rabada, Philander & de Kock are much stronger overall than our best 5 of KW, Taylor, Latham, Boult & Wagner, so that will essentially be where they'll be too strong for us.

    We might at best sneak a Test where we get the best of conditions. I'm picking SA by either a 2-0, or 2-1 margin.
    hendrix likes this.

  11. #11
    International Coach Bahnz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Wigton Unzud
    Posts
    12,267
    I'll be particularly interested to see how Rabada adjusts. He's obviously a class above, but he's spent his entire career so far playing on fast hard wickets. New Zealand surfaces require a different length and approach so it'll be great to see how he responds to the challenge.

  12. #12
    Cricket Web: All-Time Legend Zinzan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    cover point
    Posts
    24,106
    Here's my predicted combined XI for the series in advance

    Elgar
    Latham
    KW
    Amla
    Faf
    Duminy/Taylor
    de Kock+
    Philander
    Rabada
    Wagner
    Boult

    I'm predicting Cook, Raval, CDG to struggle & split between Taylor & Duminy in the middle order

  13. #13
    International Captain Mike5181's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Just give it a little tappy, a little tap tap-aroo.
    Posts
    5,436
    I'd be a lot more confident if Philander hadn't ascended to god tier every time he's played us.

  14. #14
    Cricket Web: All-Time Legend Zinzan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    cover point
    Posts
    24,106
    What are the ideal wickets NZ should be preparing against SA to have the very best chance?

    I feel conservative flat-tracks will work against NZ, because SA should still be good enough to get 20 wickets, while our bowlers would struggle. So best bet IMO would be green spicy seaming decks in which a good toss result could give NZ an advantage. Might as well meet fire with fire.
    vcs likes this.

  15. #15
    Cricket Web: All-Time Legend Zinzan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    cover point
    Posts
    24,106
    Quote Originally Posted by Bahnz View Post
    I'll be particularly interested to see how Rabada adjusts. He's obviously a class above, but he's spent his entire career so far playing on fast hard wickets. New Zealand surfaces require a different length and approach so it'll be great to see how he responds to the challenge.
    Seems to be an intelligent bowler for one so young, so I'd expect him to adapt quite seamlessly (pun intended).

Page 1 of 238 1231151101 ... LastLast


Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. ***Official*** Sri Lanka in South Africa 2016/2017
    By Heboric in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 1095
    Last Post: 11-02-2017, 05:51 AM
  2. **Official** South Africa in New Zealand
    By James in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 551
    Last Post: 29-10-2014, 06:39 PM
  3. **Official** New Zealand in South Africa
    By James in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 4245
    Last Post: 27-01-2013, 03:32 AM
  4. **Official** New Zealand in South Africa
    By James in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 36
    Last Post: 26-06-2007, 05:40 AM
  5. *Official* South Africa in New Zealand
    By BlackCap_Fan in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 778
    Last Post: 03-04-2004, 11:59 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •