Wow, he really did. I didn't know he'd played five until I looked back on his profile. I was at his debut, wow he was out of his depth there. Wonder if he would have made a better fist of it around that 2015 time when he became a bonafide limited overs player.Nah Elliott sucked in Tests.
When he was coming though youth cricket in Zimbabwe he was regarded as a proper opening batsman talent. Noone cared much about his bowling (he didn't really develop that seriously until Auckland club cricket) and the schtick of him being super-aggressive really wasn't a reputation he had until he moved. People were just hoping he'd be a 40+ averaging top 4 batsman. I think he even batted 4 for Zimbabwe A once before he left.The talent was always there. Unlike a lot of balanced allrounders his batting technique is actually very good (except against leg spin), even his defense. He was a touch player who happened to have stupid amounts of power, so anything that beat the infield was gone.
He definitely relied a lot less on scoring zones behind square after his second coming in ODIs so he might not have been quite so bad if he had another crack at Tests, but Mitchell to me has always looked much more likely to be a Test bat.Wow, he really did. I didn't know he'd played five until I looked back on his profile. I was at his debut, wow he was out of his depth there. Wonder if he would have made a better fist of it around that 2015 time when he became a bonafide limited overs player.
Also having wicketkeepers who were so reliable batting 6 (Watling and now Blundell) gave him a free reign also. Watling could blunt an attack then CDG could smash it.I don’t think de Grandhomme would have done nearly as well if he wasn’t playing in a New Zealand team with an ATG top order.