>and then someone else wrote
>> might as well pick most of the NZ side
The truth hurts
>Now, I am the first to admit that last year was a disastrous year,
>and not much has gone right for the side since Wright retired (pun
>intended) but NZ have always seemed to manage playing without decent
>openers in the past.
Young is ok .. pretty solid. For someone who was such a dashing
stroke-player he certainly does manage to go into his shell if he
wants to (that slow 50 in SA come to mind) which is what we want
from an opener I suppose.
>Of course any side that persists with Rutherford and Patel for so
>long must have a serious lack of options.
I gotta say that the biggets problem with NZ cricket is depth.
We produce a few genuine test class players but if they get
injured then we are up shit creek in the proverbial barbed wire
>On paper, at least, the team for next year IMHO doesnt look so bad:
>Young, Twose, Parore, Crowe, Fleming, Thomson/Patel, Cairns, Gorman,
>Nash, Morrison + 1 other
Well Twose hasn't had the stellar County season he had last year,
and I don't remember him lighting up the NZ domestic scene last
summer. We'll see. Darrin Murray did ok(ish) and certainly did
enough to warrant as many opportunities as Pocock and Hartland.
What is with Hartland? He fails in tests, looks like a goose and
then ***s a "first class" attack for 180 odd a couple of weeks
later. Je n'comprende pas
Thomson is a *much* better bat than Patel, assuming he is in
form. Even if he isn't I wouldn't bat Patel at 6 (Cairns at a
pinch). I was wondering who Gorman was, then I realised you meant
Germon. The +1 other bowler should be Simon Doull .. he was our
best bowler in South Africa. I am a little concerned about Nash,
his county season isn't going all that well. My team would be:
Young, Murray, Parore, Crowe, Fleming, Thomson, Cairns, Germon+*,
Doull, Nash, Morrison.
If Crowe is still in injured we is toast.
>Anyhow, here's the headline from April 1996
> ---- <-- not a typo
>"NZ HUMBLES WINDIES FOR FIRST VICTORY IN THE CARRIBEAN --
> Test victory after World Cup triumph tops off great season"
>Yours in everlasting hope
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