Can't see it happening unfortunately, not with Ryder out and Broom at 3.
It's not like he actually scores any more runs when he tries to bat defensively though. That's my major beef with it.
Yeah but it isn't about McCullum, its about the team around him. As a senior batsman he has been made to change his natural game to stick around. Reckon after Guptill and Ryder establish themselves, Moles and co. may allow him to swing his arms again.
I'm pretty impressed by McCullum's tenacity and willngness to bat in a way that he clearly finds more difficult. He hasn't been a total failure in it either, just gets out in the 40s too much.
Scores less runs, and scores them more slowly. I can't see any benefits whatsoever, tbh, nor can I see any merit in the tactic.
Guptil looks like the man to anchor the innings, to early perhaps but he definitely looks the goods.
Think I've worked out the problem here - was clearly dropping Onions (played 3 ODI, won all 3) for Sidebottom (lost last 9 times he's played against major nations)
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He gets himself out 100% of the time...
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When McCullum gets an innings off to a slow start, the batsman at the other end (and indeed every batsman to follow) is always thinking "need to get a move on here...". I'm a big fan of the hitting role, if you've got appropriate players. McCullum's shown himself repeatedly to be an excellent hitter.
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I honestly don't think McCullum ever puts pressure on the other batsman, Guptill, Taylor and Ryder are all natural strikers. When you see them getting out playing attacking strokes it is how they always play.
Just saw the highlights on the news, Guptill is such a wonderful looking player. That six down the ground was incredible.
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