Full credit to Sri Lanka, they won the match and played better cricket. However, some of our team selections need to come under serious scrutiny. Chris Martin and Mark Gillespie aren't good enough, they're cannon-fodder against batsman who can hit through the line. Jeetan Patel should be in the side, as he is the only bowler (other than Bond) who can bowl at the death of an innings. I would like to see Bradley Scott and Nathan McCullum get a game also, both bowlers who can prove difficult to get away and can tonk it a bit. Pretty happy with our batting lineup, although switching Fulton and Taylor around is a possible option.
I guess it just goes to show how much our team relies on a couple of players, Bond and Styris in particular IMO. Styris wasn't able to post many runs on the board and Bond got absolutely hammered by Jayasuriya, when our two most consistent performers aren't able to produce the goods it weakens our team significantly. Good knocks by Fulton, Taylor and Oram though while Vettori bowled well, becoming a bit of a pattern against Sri Lanka.
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There is no excuse for other batsmen not to perform at least semi-consistently. Taylor, Fulton, Oram, McMillan, etc.
As for the bowlers, well, that is our weak point, apart from Bond and Vettori. It would be madness not to bring Patel in for the next round of matches. Bond and Patel to bowl at the death.
Over recent times, Fultons been Mr consistent second to only Styris IMO.
Taylor was... for a while. But Oram and McMillan have always had problems with staying in good nick.
Since the CH he's averaged 46.78 could be a real turning point in his career. I think he's looked great lately.
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Hmm reckon it is time to give Hasantha a game, Weijkoon has been pretty useless. Surprised that Dilhara has been decent in this form. Also the tactics Jayawardene has used with bowling has been right on the money. Would have bowled Dilshan when Weijkoon was getting smashed.
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Vincent's worth a mention too, in the past year he's averaged 39.07, I'm expecting a big knock from him soon.
Our batting really only holds Vincent, Fulton, Taylor (maybe...), and Styris.
The likes of McCullum (up the order at least), Oram and McMillan can hardly be relied on anymore than Afridi for their role in the game. Styris's lbw decision was the turning point in last nights match for me.
I thought to myself, how could I display my pleasure that Patel may be included in the side. I came up with the ever useful Smilies.
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