Black Caps levels of hubris = high


Hubris

That was a dire level of effort and performance from the Black Caps. Thrashed by the ninth ranked team in our own backyard.

The Black Caps played that game in a world where they just have to turn up, and the lowly ranked opposition will roll over for World Champs. Luke “batting coach?” Ronchi may have been in the sun too long when he was talking about winning the game as late as last night; his charges went on to lose two wickets in about the time it took us to clear the bag check this morning.


Bowlers
The Bangladeshi pace trio worked away constantly, with Ebadot by far the fastest bowler on display. They looked consistently dangerous. At times we looked like an early morning selection at Patrick’s Pies. Ravindra bowled 20+ unmemorable overs.


Changes?

  • Mitchell in for Ravindra. Little point in having a under-performing batsman and bowler at #7, regardless of pace v spin. Ravindra can find some form back in domestic cricket.

  • It is very tempting to leave out Southee for just one game. For Henry or Patel, or whoever. Perhaps a short sharp reminder is needed about consistency. Or… it might just be that he’s evolving into the proverbial Clouderson as his career reaches the end, and that is the best he has from now on? Am not entirely sure…

  • Any random domestic keeper for Blundell may not produce a worse performance on current form - it reads like there is at least one good alternative out there on current form. There’s no heir apparent in sport if you don’t perform, and Blundell has done little of note to deserve that tag since the MCG.

  • Taylor is very lucky Williamson is injured. Sentimentality is great, but if we want to retain that giant mace, we’re a long way behind already.


Curiosity

How has Kyle Jamieson gone from a $2.86 million IPL contract last February, to eventually not getting a start for RCB, and reverting back past the mean with bat and ball for the Black Caps? Dunno, but Jurgensen, Ronchi, and/or the mental skills team have a bit of work to do.


Paint by numbers?

Gary Stead and Tom Latham. Their selections, tactics, and on-field nous are increasingly by rote; predictable and pedestrian. Latham is such a contrast with a former captain now up in the commentary box. Yes, we miss Williamson in many ways, but the contrast was still much bigger than expected.


But clearly you are overreacting based on one game?

  1. Don’t blame the Black Caps preparation at all, it’s an undeserved get out of jail card. They came into this series after playing two tests in India, both teams had to go through the same MIQ system, and the two day warmup game that the Bangladeshi’s got saw only 20-odd overs bowled on day one thanks to rain. And which team was playing at home again? At a ground where we’ve beaten England and Pakistan in the first test of a series?

  2. The “hEnrY’s piE cArT” retort; by that standard, see also on current form: Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Rachin Ravindra.

  3. This is not entirely out of the blue. Ajaz’s 10-for heroics in India were brilliant. But they conveniently glossed over (a) how nonthreatening the bowling was at the other end from all concerned, and (b) the “we’re in India so we need spinners” mindless selection of Will Sommerville over Neil Wagner, especially by the time of the second Test. The bowling at Bay Oval was primarily a continuation of that, especially from Southee and Jamieson. Boult has had plenty of prep time in the Mount lately.

  4. The pitch and/or the heat. Were pretty much consistent for the full five days, but it didn’t seem to affect Bangladesh anywhere near as much…


Bay Oval

Put some shade sails out the back somewhere, for goodness sake.

tl;dr: Black Caps levels of hubris = high.

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