why would you have a coldplay singer replace tuffers?
fair deal, hope he won't have to bat tbh
Poor decision, Chris Harris must be feeling terribly unlucky.
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From what I've seen of the pitches so far though, Harris would be ideal in combination with Vettori in the middle overs - can't really fault Patel so far though, and NZ did need the extra new ball bowling depth.
If Gillespie is sent home, I reckon Harris will indeed be sent over - or I hope so, anyway.
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NZ don't excatly need another AR in there they already bat to 9/10 as it is - And it's been their new ball bowling that has been their weak area so far with Franklin not doing a great deal - Martin comes in as a genuine bowler.
If anyone else had gone home Iam pretty sure Harris would have been there.
Well Vincent now has...
Seriously, though, Harris is a front-line bowler, he's proven that all his career.
Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."
He used to bowl 10 overs often enough and plenty often bowl well, too. Just look at his record.
I wasn't actually suggesting he replace Vincent, BTW. Was just an aside.
And he doesn't need to be an opening bowler. Bond and Franklin can open.
Regarding Harris bowling 10 overs a game, Chris Gayle bowls 8-10 very often. Do you consider him a front-line bowler? Fair enough if you do.
I pretty well do, TBH. Even though he's a batsman more than a bowler, I'd have few qualms about going into a game expecting him to bowl 10.
I'd also not have many qualms about bowling Oram and Harris soon up. Harris might be "slow" but he's no spinner - he's a seamer and the wicketkeeper standing-up is usually enough to keep the batsmen from going down the pitch. So if he can hit a length (which he usually can) I'd not have many qualms about bowling him in the Powerplays.
Oram, meanwhile, has always had ups and downs as a ODI bowler. Not so very long ago he went for 6.5-an-over in a 6-game tournament (with 1 wicket).
I'm confident he'll find his lines and lengths again soon. Remember, he was out of bowling for nigh on 2 years.
Yep, he's copped some pastings and got some excellent spells.
But he's a front-line bowler - and he has the potential to be a very good one. IMO NZ simply must back him. Every game he must be treated as a certainty to bowl 10 overs.
Especially with the likes of Martin and Franklin in the side who you are normally extremely dependable. You can depend on them to go for plenty.
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