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  Reply # 1989660 6-Apr-2018 18:54
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You are in AKL, here in CHC that day it was nice and light. Sun sets later here. It clouded over, then they moved on, leaving half the sky, including where the sun was, sunny. In fact here (Aidanfield) it was cloudy and not bad light, but the game was sunny there with clear shadows

 

 

A few minutes max. Mate you could see on the screen it was dim, well below even spin allowment. 30 minutes from complete sunset. They werent going to bowl us out before the umpires pulled them off regarldess of Wagner asking for review, it was just funny.His innings and Sodhis 168 balls saved the test when on paper it looked quite feasible for us to get skittled. That 50 jumped him from 22 to 25avg. Clearly worked hard on the batting. If he keeps improving our tail could be quite strong with Southee doing the same. They were going to call stumps I think without his review.

 

Its not about light and shadows. their light meters are what makes the ruling.

 

One thing that does annoy me is that we dont start play untill 11am in middle of summer. It should be 1030. If they can play until, even seen 7pm sometimes there is plenty of light at 10:30 to start play. Could save a lot of overs.

 

You must have enjoyed the season and agree even though we were brittle, and our tail saved us often, it was good to be a winner outside the t20s and the close Eng ODIs.

 

 

 

 

Maaaate!  :-)  

 

I was here, I live here! 

 

Bumble said if this was in ENG there is plenty of light (this was when it clouded over)

 

Sodhi was awesome. He is not great but he played to what he had to do (take note top order) It was more than awesome. Like Santner getting it together. What freaks me out is if you look at the whole team, we have a LOT of talent. But we rarely put it together in one game or most games. You love NRL, look at the Warriors. 4 wins was no fluke. Kieren Read told them how to breathe, Relax. Thats what the BC need. Top order fails, tdgeek and tealeaf rescue as a one off effort. They cant play every game like that

 

I agree re start time. Daylight savings doesnt have any effect, you start play by the sun not the clock. 

 

Last point I do agree. While our passion differs, when the tail wags (thats when it does great???) thats excellent. That shows resolve.  




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  Reply # 2123193 10-Nov-2018 11:15
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Hoping Guptills calf heals, that was horrible by Worker last night and the ODI before. Im all for keeping him in the team though while Guptill is out. Sodhi has really worked on his batting and it shows more in tests, but that 1st odi he hit some clean 6s. PAK are soooo much better at home than touring, living up to their rankings. Beating NZ the #1 team in a t20 series, mind you missing guptil who was averaging 65 at home the season before. Guptil also hit a 35 ball 100 against county club earlier in year. And the chance to play a test again.

 

Feels ODD not having cricket in NZ until December when we had some 2 months earlier last year in October.


 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 2123932 12-Nov-2018 09:36
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I got panda eyes all for nothing, NZ escaped what I think was certain defeat by Pak. I never think of a game being rained out when i think of the UAE, I know they get big storms in middle winter but like Qld its generally pretty set.

 

I think NZ are going to lose the Test match series in a white wash. Pak cleaned us up in the T20 and the ODI team bats AVG of 30 at 8. NZ just doesnt look the same anymore without Mccullum and Guptill (temporary), throw worker in their and watling (which i think is a good move, and the not so sure yet nicholls and we look pretty weak with the bat. NZ Bat; Worker, Munro, Nicholls, Taylor, TWM Latham (c) †, BJ Watling, C de Grandhomme, IS Sodhi, MJ Henry, LH Ferguson, TA Boult.

 

I think when Guptill returns we will be forced to use him in the Tests which is a last chance bit of luck for him, I wonder if the calf will be ready for the first test or if he is out until they return to NZ.........

 

The one terrific result was Ferguson bowling his 150kph+, the young man got his first 5fa. 5-45. His bouncer is dangerous as its spot on, he collected a player in the 2nd odi who had to go to hospital for precautionary checks. Dont like to see batsmen being hit, but it is one of the only ways a bowler can keep a player on their heals.


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  Reply # 2130642 20-Nov-2018 21:43
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Didnt watch any of the test match, we don't seem great. BUT we may have a star in Ajaz. 5Fa on debut is one thing but he can move the ball. We seem to be average batting with good bowlers or the opposite. Right now we seem to have a great set of bowlers to choose from. Thats takes some slack off the batsmen, and pressure, might help them too


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  Reply # 2130643 20-Nov-2018 21:53
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It was a slow turning two paced wicket. You can't compare batting or bowling on this to the rest of the world. 

 

The only conclusion you can really take out of it is that Sodhi bowled a pile of rubbish in the second innings. If the ball doesn't bounce it sure doesn't turn. Ajaz bowled really well, he varied his pace nicely and was turning it.

 

I'm probably going to go to the test in Dubai on Saturday so really looking forward to it. 


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  Reply # 2130681 20-Nov-2018 23:12
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It was a slow turning two paced wicket. You can't compare batting or bowling on this to the rest of the world. 

 

The only conclusion you can really take out of it is that Sodhi bowled a pile of rubbish in the second innings. If the ball doesn't bounce it sure doesn't turn. Ajaz bowled really well, he varied his pace nicely and was turning it.

 

I'm probably going to go to the test in Dubai on Saturday so really looking forward to it. 

 

 

True, I didnt watch any off it apart from the 15 runs to win finish that replayed tonight. But, he might be a new star still. 

 

Our batting or bowling-wise, I was more looking at what we offer year on year, it often seems one or the other. 

 

Enjoy the game, lucky you!




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  Reply # 2130684 20-Nov-2018 23:43
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Yeah it was an incredible escape set  up by our bowling. The lowest test escape/victory by NZ by bowling them all out with 4 runs left to get the final 3 wickets for them 0,0,0. That has GOT to hurt given how much better there batting team is on average. I think over 2200+ tests matches only 5 or so have been lost by 10 runs or less.

 

We are definitely batting heavy with 7th Ish Sodi avg of 23 falling away to 8th Wagner 12. But really the wrot sets in earlier with CDGH at 6, which I dont personally blame on him, but we should have 300 on the board when he comes to the wicket. One would ideally like more experience as well. The averages are the problem. Sodhi will get to avg 30 fast and should be considered to take over CDGH with the skill hes displaying. Conversely PAK are a wall of avg high 30s batsmen until 9, so its a joy to roll them for not many.

It made Panda eyes worth it after staying up for the final ODI which Pak were easily going to win and we got saved by the rain haha., not to take a great win from NZ, considering their batting lineup one would have to say they lost this one. I felt so sorry for them.

 

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18879/scorecard/1157381/new-zealand-vs-pakistan-1st-test-nz-in-uae-2018-19

 

 




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  Reply # 2134936 26-Nov-2018 22:30
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Oh dear, looks like a deadset thrashing, cant see us avoiding follow on. We need 1 genuine batsman and another all rounder in better form or have the batsmen bowl part time to make up the 5th. There is no 2 ways, you have to bat to at least 7 (keeper), then hopefully mid 20s like sodhi, but him and CDGH are way to far up the order. We are just getting worse at tests. We got beyond lucky the 1st test. Rain saved us in the ODI series. And the one thing we were #1 in T20s we got beaten.

 

Going to be very interesting at home where I expect ferguson to replace patel. as for bat, shrug. we might have to give guppy one last go, i mean our opener and nicholls arent doing any better than he did, so why not.




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  Reply # 2139281 4-Dec-2018 14:58
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Wow our batting lineup is piss weak.

 

Not only have we got de gron holme at 7 but hes not performing with the bat and Southee in at 8, omg.

 

And thats the tail, we lost 3 wickets in the top order within 6 runs in the 70s, taylor and nichols gone it looked like we would struggle to 120.

 

Thankfully Raval did his job and saw 80 odd balls for 45 and williamson for 89. the watling comes in and they cant get him out 42/180 lol, then this new guy somerville does similar after southee goes for 2, hes on 12 off 50 odd.

 

If we can get to 300 I feel comfortable we can at least get a drawn test series, but who knows we have 3 fresh bowlers in, southee, ajaz, somerville.

 

I want to get behind Nicholls but I cant, his avg is a bit better but hes inconsistent like Guptill was. Speaking of which I think we need to play him or somebody and drop a bowler when back in NZ. I expect Wagner, Southee Fergusson, Boult and the 5th to be part timers. We need to firm up this batting order Cant have 5 batsman and 2 of them not performing and then have a tail of teens averages.

 

Williamson is going to be the NZ Brian Lara, could have been anywhere in the top 3 ever but due to a retiring team and nobody replacing them his average will drop, already has, hes nearly under 50 now. Taylor goes and thats the nail in the coffin for the blackcaps.

Id rather play our t20 side in tests aside from keeping Raval and shuffling worker down to 6.




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  Reply # 2139879 5-Dec-2018 14:04
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Day 2 final test tour of UAE/Pakistan

 

We nearly got to the 300 I think we needed to at least create a tied game (leaving Pak to bat the final day). After losing Williamson and then Colin (no surprise, hes out imo), Watling and Somerville basically saved us, leaving Watling in the 70s with no partners left. We need another batsman, our line up looks ridiculously weak with the bat in places, Nichols avg is ok but hes so out of form and the same with Colin. We have to ride it out with Nichols I feel but I think Colin needs to go in favour of a batsman, even Guptill for me would be a better gamble. We dont need 5 bowlers, not with a number of the batsman perfectly good part timers.

 

And then 2 really early wickets I thought here we go. But The Pakistan team did really well to hold on. So I expect them outside a major middle order slump to get around a similar score, perhaps 350, which at the current run rate will garuntee them a win or a draw imo.

 

If NZ has to chase 80 on day 4 I think they will bat into the 1st session day 5 if they can last that long.

 

A draw would be a great result for NZ given how utterly out classed they were in the second test and the T20s.

 

A draw will be good enough to give us some confidence going into the Sri Lankan tour in 10 days time. But we really need to firm up that batting.




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  Reply # 2141301 7-Dec-2018 20:57
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Anyone into cricket, this could be an interesting finish.

 

Kane quite aggressive declaring and Pakistan already 33/2 with 2 sessions left. its about 66 overs left, 8 wickets, they should survive but 3 quick ones and NZ might believe they can bowl them out. either way, good to see Kane being more like Mccullum was for once. thing is it left Pakistan with a good chance to win if they batted well, so you got to go for the win by risking a loss.


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  Reply # 2141307 7-Dec-2018 21:31
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Well in this. Perfect session.




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  Reply # 2141310 7-Dec-2018 21:40
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Oh wow here we go boys, 2 sessions to go and the collapse happened as I called it 55/5. 2 sessions to bowl 2 good batsmen and 3 rank genuine tail enders. In with a chance of beating them overseas in a series, thats massive.


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  Reply # 2141347 7-Dec-2018 22:07
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Think they would have been aiming for 3 wickets in that session.  So to get 5 they'll be happy as (as well they should be).  5 wickets with 2 sessions to go. All the top order gone.  I think we've got to be favourites by quite a bit here. Given where they were early yesterday looking a little shakey youve got to applaud the team.   Love the Blackcaps....even when they're killing you with their collapses :D




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  Reply # 2141348 7-Dec-2018 22:12
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yesterday I thought we would be lucky to get the draw. Pakistan avg 35 down to #7. The hiding the gave us in the second test shows what they CAN do. but test 1 they should have easily won that, and this one looks shakey for them.

 

kane declaring with 3.8rpo needed wasnt a given draw for New Zealand, it was a gutsy move and its paid off. once we sort out our batting line up i hope he keeps being aggressive. you just cant win if you dont risk losing.

 

exciting 2 sessions to come :-)


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