Oh we comfortably won on boundaries too, 42-38. Never in doubt.
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RE: Cricket: NZ vs England
We have 6 guys averaging 40+ with the bat and 3 less than 30 with the ball.
Quite often a batsman will start off well and their average slowly declines but even CdG has played 28 innings - next lowest is Nicholls with 42.
The three bowlers have 693 wickets between them!!!
Our two "passengers" are Santner and Raval - hardly surprising as openers and spinners are our biggest traditional weaknesses but look at the match Santner had and Raval has the 7th best average of any Kiwi who has opened in 20+ innings and is our 11th highest scorer as an opener He also almost invariably succeeds in the main job of an opener - he sees off the new ball and thus makes it easier for the classy batsmen who follow.
We have won 32 tests this decade. It took us until March 1994 to record our 32nd test victory in our history!!!!!
Two CWC Finals as well. I never imagined we could have it so good. Hadlee's 17 year career only encompassed 22 victories - Fleming had 31 in 14 years
Raval is the kind of opener that would be singled out and dropped in past black cap team for 'not scoring fast enough' or 'creating pressure' while we ignore the fact that our middle order might look great but are wildly inconsistent.
In this team Kane and Ross protect Raval by being consistent enough to take advantage of the hard graft Raval does. He's the kind of role player that does the dirty work most don't really notice but is key to our wider success. I'm sure both Ross and Kane will average more with Raval and Latham opening.
He remains the tempting candidate to drop for the up and comers (Will Young), but I hope we resist the temptation to slot a promising middle order bat in as a makeshift opener. If an opener is bashing down the door by all means try him out, but we need to recognise that being a test opener requires a specific set of skills that not all batsmen will posses.
RE: Cricket: NZ vs England
At the risk of the jinx, Latham is a bloody special player. He's almost certain to be our best ever test opener by the end of his career (excluding Dempster) , and is possibly there already.
But what really stands out to me is that about two or three years ago when the South Africans were here, he was in a real deep trough form wise, and I can remember watching him gradually pulling back, filing off his edges and getting back into form, particularly around reducing the balls he was flashing at outside off stump.
It was a fantastic display of self awareness and discipline and convinced me that he had what it would take to excel as a test cricketer.
RE: Indian Cricket Tour of NZ 2020
What an absolute shellacking. Great stuff.
Puts the aussie fiasco into context. We've totally dominated India
It makes me even angrier about the Aus fiasco. We're so much better than the shitshow we put together for that tour. We just had our tactics all wrong, which I've talked about already on here
Forget the rankings. Aussie in Aussie is the hardest challenge in cricket. But I agree we didn't help ourselves on a host of levels
India in India would be right up there now. Those two, then daylight.
New Zealand in New Zealand looks like a handful too.
RE: Cricket: NZ vs England
The more that result settles, the more satisfying it becomes.
To get an innings victory after a team has scored over 350 batting first feels like a significant win.
There were at most two periods inthe game where the English were ahead (just before Stokes got out and when Kane got out) and in the first case when we got an opening we were pretty ruthless and in the second we kept calm and pretty much the entire middle order stepped up.
Finally, Watling's innings was a truly special one and belongs in the pantheon of the all time great NZ innings. He looked like he could have batted another day if the match situation hadn't asked him to hit out. It was particularly special since it contributed to a win. Too many of our great innings are rear guards that delay the inevitable or force a draw.
RE: Cricket - NZ vs Sri Lanka
That was such an incredible innings. The Sri Lankans were unsure about celebrating and the commentators so lost for words when he out. To score so fast, with so much control and without chances is unreal.
I shouldn't be pissed off.....but I am.
The little legend has set the bar so fucken high on himself that he's a victim of his own brilliance in one sense.
I'm not angry, just disappointed.
RE: Cricket 2021: NZ in England and WTC Final
Fitting to have Williamson and Taylor together at the end. What a send off for Watling, I'm so glad that this side finally has some silverware to go with their incredible on field results.
This result and the England tour just before it put this side clearly ahead of every other NZ side bar the 80s squad that won in Australia and I think that's too close to call between those two now.
God I hope we get another tour of Australia in the next couple of years.
RE: Semi Final 1: Crusaders vs Hurricanes
Hurricanes were the better team by some distance for about 41 minutes minus two plays. And although their game plan didn't look quite right for the first 39 they were equal to everything the crusaders could through at them.
Amazing grit from the crusaders to cling on for the win. Robertson has a gift for building never say die mentalities in squads. I'm a bitwworried about Read and Goodhue. Both are still solid, but well down on their peaks.
Feel for the canes, did everything except win in the second half.
RE: New Zealand V Bangladesh Test III
good, been resting on his laurels, what's he done for us lately?
Apart from the runs, the leadership, the holding together of our batting order in tough conditions, and the occasional spin bowling, what's Williamson ever done for us!
RE: There should be two RWCs
We should be making the RWC bigger not smaller. I'm not saying that should be right now, but I think world rugby should have a 20-30 year plan to expand RWCs to 24 teams (4 pools of 6) and then 32 (8 pools of 4).
Segregation won't make the '2nd tier' nations better. To be fair, neither does the RWC alone. World Rugby need to enable regular international competitions at all levels on a regular basis. The first step for that would be expanding RWC qualification. Let's toughen up auto qualifications; following the football example and only allow 2 auto qualies - the defenders and the hosts. Everyone else has to qualify. Having qualification pools stimulate international competition giving teams more regular game time. Have tiers in the qualification pools based on RWC finishes to avoid absolute mismatches but only to a point. Put seedings on the line too. So you might get an Italy-Georgia qualification match where both teams are going to qualify but it means the difference between a softer seeding and a tougher seeding. Getting the teams at the bottom of tier 1 playing the teams at the top of tier 2 more regularly will make the biggest difference to overall quality.
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RE: FIFA World Cup 2022
the only good thing i can think about this world cup, wimbledon had chris gunter from wales and we get paid 5k a day whiles hes away, apparently its 3 weeks minimum...100k for a league 2 club is HUGE
That is pretty neat. I assume if it's in the traditional window they wouldn't get that compensation?
I wonder how many other small clubs in lower leagues/outside Europe are getting a significant cash injection.
RE: NFL Season 2020/21/22
Is the AFC East the toughest division in football right now? Bills 6-2, Dolphins and Jets both 6-3 and the pats are 5-4. Both of the Bills loses are to division rivals.
Dolphins might have the most dangerous passing attack with Waddle and Hill, the Jets defence is ferocious with three top 15 corners and one of the best defensive line groups in the league. The Bills need no introduction and Bill Bellicheck is propping up the table (with a winning record no less).
Probably a bit too close to call between the NFC East and the two west divisions. Man there are some brutal divisions this year.
RE: T20 World Cup - Other Matches
It would be just like the jammy Aussies to fluke their way into the semis and win it all. I would not want to play them in the final.
I've been thinking that all day.
England must kill them off here and now.
Just don't do it inside 6.2 overs so we stay top of the group