You know Im not a Colin fan surely. But we cant argue with him delivering with the bat and somewhat with the ball. I think he was better at home 2018, remember the tests he pulled out the big scores etc when we looked bowled out for sub 200 etc.
With Kane Im just intrigued as he was very clinical in Eng and UAE at dangling the carrot to get people playing at the ball and that won both series.
With SL, I felt we had plenty and the longer the declaration wasnt called I felt he had gone away from what had made us successful at closing out matches, especially when in Welli if it says its going to hose down all day 1 day out you can be 99% sure it will, unlike Auckland. I feel he missed a trick is all, which is dangling that carrot like above.
This game I had no issue as 6.5 sessions is plenty to bowl a lower level team out even on a batting paradise. So no I didnt rue it this time because, Canterbury sunshine is about as predictable as Welli rain. The only reason he had to bat on was so that we had a semi new ball the next day, so 2 bites off the cherry, which is somewhat how it played out aside from not getting the wickets in the morning, they were very dicey and the late swing was causing headaches, I feel SL were very lucky to survive session 1 today without losing a wicket, but you make your own luck, thats cricket, can go either way.
So really its mostly the Welli test Im not hating on him, I just feel he missed a trick there as 1 more wicket would have changed the next day completely. Sometimes you have to risk the opposition scoring an unlikely score for the win, to win yourself. Thats where I refer to Mccullum with the betting type mentality. Also he definitely didnt have is A game on with the field, thats been well documented in the 4th day.
At the end of the day, even a captain can make wrong choices in hind site, but at the time Im sure he had his reasons to go away from the dangled carrot method of winning a test in 4 days.
I think today he had the field right and he rotated his bowlers brilliantly. The funny thing is hes in an elite club with his batting average and bowling, yet he hates bowling haha.