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  Reply # 2141373 8-Dec-2018 00:57
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10 wickets in 2 sessions. Really not much more to say!




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  Reply # 2141381 8-Dec-2018 03:19
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Epic bowling from NZ to win a test series outside of NZ, and get us in the top 4 (not been there for a very long time), ahead of Australia ;-p


 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 2141657 8-Dec-2018 15:27
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So given we are going from concrete to Grass in NZ, I expect to dump all spinners, keeping 1 at most.

 

What a find Somerville was, first innings to hang in there for 99 balls, second innings to face 34 as night watch man, and with the ball doing his actual job taking 7 wickets.

 

I feel though we need to REALLY strengthen the batting to #7. Which would mean including Ish Sodhi whose average and EYE is very handy down the line.

 

But I think we should play 4 pacemen and 6 batsmen and Watling keeping and use our part time in Williamson etc who are no joke with the ball.

 

The hard part is finding 7 batsmen who average over 30 at least

 

Raval 33.86

 

Latham 36.27

 

Williamson 51.56 (has gone up 1.5 in these 3 tests)

 

Taylor 46.08

 

Nicholls 39.20 (hes pulled his form together right on time in the last 2 tests)

Anderson 32

 

Watling 38

 

Southee 17

 

Wagner 12

 

Boult 14.4

 

Fergusson 8.8

 


Thats 5. reasonably strong. Most teams openers dont average high as their job is to take the shine off the new ball. What we are missing is somebody who can put the hammer down. I know De Grandhomme has a 30 average but he is really out of form both bat and ball. Him along with Nicholls and Latham was where the partnerships were breaking. Latham was averaging above 40 not that long ago. But I feel Nicholls has just pulled it together, increasing his average by 3 in the last 2 tests. And we need to stick with Latham as opening is not an easy gig and often inconsistent. The other issue we have is the majority of our team are 30+.

I really want to see Guptill given another shot replacing CDH, he averages 30 also and considered not consistent. But I think playing him down the order plays to his suit. He is such a great technical player who is also a big hitter. He would pair with any of the top 5 well stopping the run rate stalling, along with playing a Mccullum/Watling type partnerships, which were always glorious. Speaking of which Mccullum was averaging well below 30 until he found his spot. I think guptils spot is not an opener in tests, hes a stroke maker and blocking balls gets stroke makers out, due to sitting on the fence, where Mccullum just went at it like he didnt care which worked for him, but hes much more a bludger of the ball than Guptill. George Worker is another option, but Munro the better one. Or Corey Anderson who is a better bet for both bowling and batting than Colin imo and hes 27 not 32yo. I think Colins short but late career is up. Hes like Shaun Johnson in league, can be amazing but very inconsistent. So going with that.

So going with worker that makes our line up look heaps stronger down to 7 which every test team needs. It also means we have 5 genuine bowlers 1 being an all rounder. But Anderson also has the ability to put the hammer down like Worker with the bat.


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  Reply # 2141850 9-Dec-2018 08:15
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It was one series against one country. Are we near a position where we can compete internationally? And I mean consistently. Any team can win a cricket match, its how they go month after month that is more important


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  Reply # 2142191 9-Dec-2018 19:15
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The International Cricket Council said in a statement that fourth-ranked New Zealand would leapfrog South Africa and England into second place on the test rankings behind India, if they beat Sri Lanka 2-0. They're hot favourites to do so, with the TAB pricing them at $1.70 to win both.

 

Ok, you got me, I'm interested. Like I was with the Warriors this year and not disappointed. India next. Nice.


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