Discussion in 'Cricket' started by Finsbury Girl, Sep 23, 2019.
Wade would be a better batsmen if he wasn't trying so hard to be a raging, antagonistic cockwomble.
Don't know whether he's trying Pfitzy, think maybe he just is!
By the way, 'cockwomble' is now a word I'm adding to my vocabulary
You really need to be decisive against the Australian attack and punish any bad balls like Blundell did. We saw last year when Kohli and Pujara got on top of them that they lost their consistency and stopped targeting the stumps. They also lost the plot completely when Stokes dragged England over the line at Headingley.
Even if their batting does stand up, I’m not sure the NZ attack will have enough teeth (even accounting for Wagner) without Boult to really unsettle the Australian batsmen on what will likely be a flat deck.
^ Wagner now second in the ICC rankings but after that we're a bit thin in Aus conditions. With Boult out I can't see them dropping Southee & playing a genuine quick which I believe they should've done after Perth. They go well as a pair in NZ & anywhere else it's low & slow but in Aus it's either/ or for mine.
Will Somerville, who spent some time in the NSW setup, has been flown over to replace Boult & must play IMO, Santner Claus just doesn't look like a Test-quality bowler ATM.
Batting-wise there's nothing NZ can do but hope the openers can last 20+ overs for a change so Kane & Taylor aren't facing a near-new ball.
To me the greatest failures prep-wise were only leaving for Perth on the Saturday before the Test & not playing any pink ball cricket whatsoever immediately prior.
Just bowl Wagner for three days from both ends. If anyone gets suspicious, we'll keep a wig and comically oversized false moustache at one end along with a name badge saying "hi I'm Noel Wegnar". Should be more than enough to throw off old man Dar and his life partner Erasmus. Also Nigel Llong is blind, so no problems there.
Day 1, Perth Aus 248/4
Day 1, MCG Aus 257/4
Day 1, SCG Aus 283/3
All up 788/11 at 71.63
And that dismissal is Peak Wade
Now Jeet Raval is off the ground with the flu. Apparently, the NZ batting coach has the whites on.
Joe Burns shows again that the opening partner position for Warner is still very open.
Wade - what can you say. Really doesn't have the technique to be a regular test batsman.
Head is the most disappointing and frustrating batsmen of the lot. Has little skill to place the ball. More often than not he hits it directly to a fielder, and a good number of his runs come through mis-fields.
Get these three spots worked out and the Aussie team will be on top of the world in no time quick.
Must be time for Pucovski to come in at 5 or 6, surely. Can only hope Kurtis Patterson makes a successful return soon too.
Marnus - what an absolute star. Has the skill and temperament to go to the top of the world rankings. Just like to see him take a swag of wickets in the NZ innings.
Trying to think of an opening pair with the same first name, anyone got one?
^ The Bills Woodfull & Ponsford.
One tiny positive amidst the SCG carnage:
Also overtook Fleming as leading ODI run-scorer last February.
NZ coming to Australia hopeful before being plundered mercilessly, this tour was basically the anti-Bledislode.
Good for Ross Taylor, been a fan forever. Handy average only eclipsed by his skipper in terms of best ever for a kiwi.
Man I still remember watching Martin Crowe carting around when I was growing up. Gone far too soon.
This is great from our under 19s last night.
We needed 40 off 16 balls with our number 9 and 10 at the crease and our 9 hits 6646 off the final four balls of the 48th over to get us in with a shout and then we win on the final ball.
Best part was it was England on the receiving end.
Reckon NZers will be scouring the records to claim any of our U19s as theirs after the disappointment of the recent World Cup.
Ravi Jadeja has taken one of the great catches in T2 at Hagley Oval:
NZ win by 7 wickets in the middle session of Day 3, having won the First Test by 10 wickets in the morning session of Day 4.
As you'd expect there's some terrible stats for India & I'm not sure that winning either toss would've made that much of a difference.
NZ back to No. 2 in the rankings & now fourth in the Test Championship with six of their remaining eight matches at home where they are just about unbeatable these days. Just gotta work on being so beatable away from NZ or NZ-like conditions. Hopefully none of the above is used to sweep the Australia debacle under the rug (I'm not really that hopeful, to be fair).
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