>What did you think of India being bowled out for 103 today by Central
>Districts (who have only 2 players who have played more than 25 first
>class games, those 2 being Craig Spearman and Mark Bailey). Central
>finished the day on 121/1 with Spearman on 65no, so India can't blame
>the pitch. A test batting lineup for India as well.
Actually, I thought this was a masterful performance by the
Indians. With any luck, we will now see Spearman opening the batting,
and Penn opening the bowling, in the first Test. I'm hoping for NZ to
line up something like:
Spearman, Astle, Horne, Fleming, McMillan, Harris, Parore, Vettori,
Wiseman, Doull, Penn.
That's certainly better for India than seeing:
Horne, Bell, Fleming, McMillan, Astle, Parore, Harris, Vettori, Nash,
Seriously though, as I said to Duane, I think Allott is an important
selection for New Zealand. Some would say that India can't play any
bowling away, but there's nothing that hurts them more than a left
armer. As an Indian fan, I'd be hoping that O'Connors haul against
Pak-A helps him get the nod.
Overrated XI: 1. Michael Slater 2. Gary Kirsten 3. Nasser Hussain
4. Brian Lara (c) 5. Ricky Ponting 6. Alec Stewart (w) 7. Azhar
Mahmood 8. Ajit Agarkar 9. Daniel Vettori 10. Dominic Cork 11. Muttiah