Never mind about Costa Rica, we were the only unbeaten team at the world cup in 2010, we can dine out on that for all time.Woke up to watch the football (we're losing) and off course checked the cricket score. Wow! Sounds like amazing hitting from Bairstow (and Stokes). Why didn't Mitchell get a bowl when everyone was smashed?
It's not all total doom and gloom. Some very good stuff has come out of this battering. Some of the batsman have found some form.The BC’s don’t seem to be a very cohesive unit at the moment. Lots of questions hanging over the side: when and how often to use Ajaz, when to use Henry, is Wags fast nearing the end?, is Southee now waning markedly after a lengthy career, debuting way back in 2007/2008?, is Jamieson now going to be plagued by back injuries going forward?
If CDG comes back, how to fit everyone in now that Mitchell is seemingly a ‘must play’. Where does Bracewell fit in the scheme of things after performing well on debut? Does Ravindra come back into the mix after good form in 1st class cricket, and at whose expense?
Kane Williamsons struggles to get on the park are another key issue. It must be disconcerting to the side to have the erstwhile captain not playing more often than he is playing. Then there are the batting struggles of the stand-in captain Tom Latham whenever he plays quality opposition; where is the moral authority to lead when you are failing with the bat?
It’s a big of an uncomfortable time the team are going through as some old stagers get close to the finish and others confront worrying questions around form and fitness.