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> Something else I implied from this, is that I find both teams a little
> faceless, even though I have followed England for a long time. That's
> not an insult, it's just that it's better to have people like Tufnell
> around to make more entertaining whether he's doing well or not. Botham
> has those same qualities, Hadlee as well.
Phew - you guys sure are *** your team :-). According to the ranking lists
Gooch is currently the best batsman in the world and to back him up you have
players like Robin Smith. On top of that there is Chris Lewis who whilst not a
tearaway bowler he does the job well enough, his fielding in the gully is
absolutely amazing and if he gets an innings started he is one of the most
graceful batsmen I have seen in a while. Jack Russell is considered to be the
best 'keeper around at the moment and I'm hoping David Lawrence will be fit for
the next test as he looks to be a really exciting bowler - if only our team
were so faceless.
On the topic of our side - I fully accept they are considered faceless to those
outside New Zealand. I get a little miffed when I see all the write-ups saying
the only players worth watching are Martin Crowe and John Wright. It's like me
saying the only West Indian batsmen worth anything are Richie Richardson and
Desmond Haynes - which would be a truly ignorant statement to make.
> Sorry I guess my opinions are not always expressed the way I want them to
I guess I should have put a :-) at the end of my comment but I didn't think it
was necessary. The thing is we've had a number of years of teams approaching
playing us with the attitude of these guys are easy and when they win we get
the old - "I told you so - they're rubbish", but if we happen to prevail it's
always been one of:-
1) Their umpires cheated.
2) They play boring cricket.
3) Richard Hadlee was magnificent and the other 10 players made up the numbers.