Obviously having Williamson would be so much better. It looks like a quality batting lineup with him there, but Mitchell seems to know what he's doing with the bat.So it looks like the NZ team will be:
CDG or Ravindra
Do they need Mitchell, CDG, AND 4 other seamers?
Is Blundell one place too high? Probably not if we are 500/4, but probably is if we are 50/4…
Rutherford, Fletcher, Tickner really there as cover for injury. Then they are just choosing between CDG and Rachin.
Be interesting to see if Boult and Patel come into the reckoning for the second test…
Also feels weird not seeing Taylor AND Williamson, but really… Ross has been declining in tests for a while, so just have to wrap my head around that. So really the hole is “just” Kane missing.
Feels like this would be so much better…
Blundell (would bat 7 if Mitchell plays)
Mitchell or CDG or Rachin
Yeah, goes all right there, doesn't he?Tbh, if it's a typical Hagley pitch then I'd rather have CdG than Rachin.
That is a very good record, I'd start with him in this test match. If he goes all right then keep him otherwise he can be swapped.Yeah, goes all right there, doesn't he?
The top 3 need to fire for us. If we get to say 150/2 or something like that we'll be all right. Early couple of wickets then it's going to require one of the middle order batter to have one of their best game. I'm also a little bit doubtful about our middle order but that said Nicholls playing at Hagley could spur him to do something really good. He has a knack of scoring tough runs.Mitchell has done well in his test career so far, but he is not a number 5. And with Nicholls struggling that top order gives me the shivers.