Agreed. If we pick Butler because of his batting at no.10 then what does that say about the rest of the batsmen?
The wickets Butler took were right at the end of the innings and came close to bringing us back the match, but they were mostly the tail IIRC. Mills bowled wonderfully tight in that match and Tuffey took 3 top order wickets. I hope that by not bowlng Mills in the second warm up it was because he had selected his place in the team by going so cheaply.
Mills. Tuffey, Bond just seem to be a level above Butler for me.
Butler - 34 overs 5 wickets Economy 5.79 Average 39.4
Tuffey - 9 overs 1 wicket Economy 3.88 Average 35
Mills - 114.3 overs 20 wickets Economy 5.08 Average 29.10
Both Butler and Tuffey haven't played much but its interesting to note that Tuffey's one outing came at cheaper than any of Butlers.
Actually a brief view of all this years ODI records would be interesting
Bond - 20 overs 3 wickets Economy 3.65 Average 24.33
Vettori - 109 overs 12 wickets Economy 4.17 Average 37.58
Oram - 47.3 overs 4 wickets Economy 4.56 Average 54.25
Patel - 33.4 overs 3 wickets Economy 5.76 Average 64.66
McCullum - 367 @ 24.46 SR 74.59
Ryder - 292 @ 32.44 SR 97
1 100 1 50
Guptill - 473 @ 47.30 SR 83.12
1 100 3 50s
Taylor - 466 @ 38.83 SR 81.75
Elliott - 381 @ 47.62 SR 79.20
1 100 1 50
Oram 61 @ 10.16 SR 71.76
Broom 128 @ 18.28 SR 74.41
Mills 118 @ 14.75 SR 86.76
Vettori 76 @ 19 SR 86.36
Butler 55 @ 13.75 SR 61.79
lol at Mills Vettori (and Butler comes close) having far far better years than Oram with the bat.
Also if we count Broom's knock in the warm up (and since it was against a near full strength Indian team we may as well) his average goes up to 24.25. Not ideal but hardly as poor as Oram's 61 runs (if we add his warm up score of 7 he gets to 68 and his average goes down).
Loving 3-5 and have faith in 1-2 and Broom.
So it was me who jinxed us?:ph34r:
Lol @ you even suggesting we count Broom's score from a meaningless warm-up game. He's still yet to get to 30 in 12 digs and many on this site continue to talk him as some golden find for NZ cricket.
Also, the 09 stats (particularly the bowling stats) provide little or no context overall as you've had different players playing against different sides in different conditions. e.g Mills (114 overs) compared to Tuffey (9 overs). Also those bowlers who played against India in NZ when Sehwag & Tendulkar were eating us for breakfast obviously will have a far worse RPO for a start.
And I want to believe in Broom! I really do. Firmly caught between two worlds in that department. And we may as well count the warm up as a List A match-esque situation.
Guptill had two good scores in the two warm-ups, and he has carried that through into the real matches.