> >Maybe the secret weapon is not Vettori to open the batting at all,it is
> >the kiwi`s to post a very low score as it seems to be happening right now
> >losing king Vettori(batting average 11)wonderful Fleming gone also
> >Vettori,now Styris, gone,very deliberate this is,the Windies will think
> >pitch is a nightmare to bat on and will crumble in the face of the might
> >the kiwi attack,,,,, well I can dream can`t I ???
> > I remain, a long suffering kiwi supporter,
> > me.
> If that was the secret weapon, it sure worked. Good knock by Adams at
> the end gave a reasonable target to defend, and they did it well. The
> Black Caps showed what a great fielding side they are - intense and
> accurate. Great stuff!
The NZ bowling and (especially) fielding was certainly an improvement
on the Sri Lanka game. However I was disappointed, but maybe not
entirely surprised that Cairns bowled an over of pies.
> >I thought Vettori opening the batting was a qualified success. Not that
> >Vettori himself did anything special (and in fact didn't have much strike),
> >but because Astle seemed to really benefit from not facing the first overs
> >and was setting himself up for a decent score when sawn off. It's hard to
> >imagine Astle anywhere other than opening in odos, but it really hasn't
> >suited him lately. I suppose the best solution would be for someone a bit
> >more solid than Vettori to open. I'd be tempted to give Vincent the job.
> I'd agree that Vettori opening was somewhat successful, if only that
> it meant that we didn't lose two or three quick wickets. He might not
> have been the bolter at the start that he was hailed as, but at least
> he didn't lose his wicket in the first straight away, and took the
> pressure off the middle order.