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Topic # 191819 17-Feb-2016 14:05
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He would have had Voges out without a no ball (no offence Bracewell you are a great bowler). And NZ would have had a chance in the first test, this is assume nothing funny going on.


The guy is on fire for us this summer so we just leave him out. Auckland housing bubble level of common sense ie lets do nothing and wait to see if we can get voted in again and then do, nothing.


Boulta needs a boulta, best bowler ODIs or not. Someone needs a serious word with our bowlers about test bowling. Anyone seen Shane Bond?


Now in saying all that, our batting lost the test. It was so rubbish, asside from the second innings dig not Nicholls and lower order it was disgraceful. Guptil was ok but was still batting half way between ODI mode, just bat ODI mode Guptil, str8 lofted drives for 130m like other human can. Mccullum was rubbish. Williamson, well best in the worst in the world in the blink of an eye, furious at him because I love his batting so much. What are we doing with spinners, craig, I kind can understand because he can bat, but so can HENRY.


All I can say is good luck for the toss Big McC, win won please, NZ loves you and having taking us from crap to 2nd best in ODIs and bodering on third best in tests. I dont think we were ever that good even in Hadlees days. Will miss him and will probably shed a man tear on his final innings.


Williamson should not be captain, mark my words, Lara effect, same thing happened to his batting (still the most entertaining of the modern era imo though, although its not getting to hard to call with the last lot of retirees coming through).



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  Reply # 1496478 21-Feb-2016 09:57
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Regardless of the post above (dude I had to read it about 4 times to try and make sense of it), I am glad I gave up (some of) my Saturday afternoon to watch Brendan McCullum's world record setting innings. I will admit that I felt the same level of nervousness that I usually reserve for close fought rugby tests as he closed in on his 100.

Win, lose or draw, I will remember watching that special couple of hours.

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  Reply # 1496514 21-Feb-2016 11:43
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I honestly thought he was going to nail the fastest double century ever. He would have done it with ease and I doubt that one would have been broken for half a century.


Even so 2 records in one innings, fastest century, most amount of 6s in a career.


A lot of aussies on the cricket forums were going on about how flukey he was and how he edged it a number of times for four/6. Id like to know any century scored in session one on a green pitch thats swinging where there havnt been a few mis hits. They can be so damn churlish. Personally I dont care who is playing if they do something amazing (unless its like Voges and should have been out bowled). But Smith I live watching, I love watching the SA batsmen.


I guess the difference is in the school system, here we are taught to play hard to play fair as part of the curriculum. I guess thats why the black caps have one the best sportsmanship award 6 years in a row or whatever it is.

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