Sounds like an interesting game, but maybe too unpretty to look up a replay and watch the carnage and confusion.
Reminds me of the Phil Cropper scrumless Ranfurley Shield game back in 1990.
Call me reckless. But I'd be prepared to go balls out and play a young guy and hope he can average more than 12, and catch.
The Champions Trophy, while giving some good focus to aim for - is no where near important enough to be this scared to give a younger guy a chance and shuffle Ronchi on.
Shit happens, this tournament prep is now officially fucked up.
A tournament in England is a sensible thing to target, but .....,, while It's seemingly important enough to keep rolling out 'weekend at bernies' behind the stumps, yet not so important that we are producing anti-English decks for this series because Saffa seamers are thooooo thcary for poor widdle kiwi batsmen.
Holy shit Aus cricket has a hard on for the Marsh brothers. Khawaja appears to be dropped for the first test in favour of Shaun Marsh
Doesn't Khawaja buck the cliche of Asians being good players of spin?
While S Marsh has scored well in Asia.
Probably some logic.
The public nuisance charge suggests, to me, they're going down the self planted and found 'prank call' route.
Rather than a genuine bug planted by security official who had been paid off by eg bookies etc
Apparently, allegedly, and all that jazz
Yeah, he's in the "not quite a good enough batsmen, not quite a good enough bowler" category at the moment. I think you really need to command your place in at least one of those disciplines to be an asset to the team. Otherwise the 6 batsmen / keeper / 4 bowlers would be my preference.
He has undoubted talent though, so I can see why they are persevering with him. IMO he needs to command the number 6 spot in the lineup if he wants to be in the team long-term, as I don't think he will ever be a big wicket taker.
There's no persevering. He's nailing his bowling role.
In his 5 tests at home he is only bowling about 20 overs per game. If your team is bowling 200 overs in a test then that isn't good enough. Vettori averaged 40 overs per game at home over his career. That's not nailing your role.
With Vettori we could pick a team like this: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/518947.html. Of course we got smashed but we only needed 4 bowlers partly that was because Vettori could bowl so many overs. We got away with just 4 quicks the next week in Hobart but i don't think that would have worked long term. Then when South Africa came (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/520603.html) we could play Vettori at 6 and pick 4 bowlers.
If Santner doesn't improve then you are limiting your options into how you configure your team. Having a genuine all rounder means you can do different things.
With respect. This is a poor use of stats.
Off the top of my head / Of his 5 tests at home, 4 have been this year v Pak and Bang where NZC have produce 4 green bowl first pitches.
Of course his workload was light in that sample. Those teams got rolled , with notable exception of Bang first test first innings.
Hagley, Basin and Seddon Park (where we play 80% of our tests) are bowl first wickets more often than not.
My point is that you are saying he is nailing his role, when I just don't see it. How can you be nailing your role if you have a low workload. He only played one game against Pakistan and in it he bowled less than the three pace bowlers on a day five pitch.
He's nailing his role because he's taking his wickets in the 30s (NZ will be happy with any spinner going at sub-40) and conceding his runs at sub-3 per over.
That's what NZ want from a spinner on more than 50% of the tracks we play on. That's his role. In a seam bowling focused unit.
Where as "persevering". Which is the term I took issue with from NQ I think. Is what you do with a promising player who isn't yet fulfilling his role. Like NZ did with Sodhi, or what we did with Craig hoping he would regain his earlier wicket taking mojo.
Your expectations as a Black Caps fan are far too realistic. If Santner finishes a long career with those numbers while we fail to uncover anyone better then I'll be pretty disappointed. In reality that is probably what will happen, but I'd like to think if we have a spinner in our team he can take wickets at something in the low 30s. And I'd like to think our number 6 batsmen would average more than 26.
I think his batting average will edge up. Batting at 8 is a pretty cushy gig, not much pressure, he will get the room to improve there.
I doubt his bowling will though. I wouldn't expect dramatic change there. You'd be talking an NZ all time great territory if he does.
He's nailing it now, that's why I'm puzzled at the lack of love. Not to say it won't go backwards though .....
I reckon if he maintains his current bowling standards, then he has the lone spinner role sealed up. With the more attacking Sodhi or Craig contenders for second spinner roles on Asian tours.
But the world isn't static. That's just the status quo for now.
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