Hello Mathew, great to see you back here again.
Just a quick question, with the NZC Contracts being announced soon who do you think there are any 'under-the-radar' players in the domsetic scene that could be a 'shock' inclusion?
Originally Posted by Burgey
Hi Mat, good to have you back on CW Live Chat. At the beginning of the T20 World Cup I always thought the NZ batsmen had some weaknesses in terms of playing spin, but I was surprised to see that they looked to be struggling against pace as well, as demonstrated by the match against Pakistan where Umar Gul took 5 wickets with an economy rate of 2.00. In your opiniion, what went wrong there?
Just in case he missed it the first time...
As a NZ supporter, I am often frustrated about our inability to handle quality spinners - particularly the likes of Muralitharan, Kumble and Harbhajan. Again, this became an issue at the Twenty20 World Cup when we came up against Mendis. Obviously, this is hard to replicate in practice situations, but how can we improve our batsmen in regards to reading spinners out of the hand?
Mat, how bad did you find the Australian crowds when you toured here? They've recieved a lot of bad press in the past, is it just a beat up?
Last edited by pasag; 22-06-2009 at 02:32 AM.
Rest In Peace Craigos
You may or may not recognise my username: people have often made sly jokes in reply to your blog entries about my (perhaps over-the-top) support of you on this forum.
It must be confusing and frustrating for you as a player to never really know where you stand. The selectors showed you were still in the frame by picking you for that ODI against the West Indies, but then you disappeared off the map after just one outing and seemed to fall behind a couple of other players (despite outperforming them domestically). Do you have any insight as to the logic behind some of the selections that seem, on the surface anyway, to be quite contradictory? Do you get feedback as a player on the fringes of selection as to the reasons why you are picked, or aren't picked as the case may be?
Thanks for your time,
Quite often at Test/ODI/T20 level the NZ batsmen have struggled against real geniune pace (like Shaun Tait, Mohammad Sami, Brett Lee etc.), why is that? Is that down to lack of real geniune fast bowlers (like over 145km/h) on the NZ domestic scene? Mind you Shane Bond when he was at his fastest ran through teams in ODIs for fun as well.
What was the reason for Kiwis' exit from the just ended t20i WC?
Hey Matthew !!
FIrst of all thanks a lot for your time
My question is .......
Will Shane Bond have to fight for his spot or he will get an automatic green signal ?
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