A miracle happened yesterday morning, this young man made it happen.
It was a game winning, series winning, credibility restoring effort. Very well played.
Now he and the rest of the Black Caps batters have to learn a new skill – consistency.
Aside from Williamson and Elliott the NZ batting was abysmal & the bowling aside from Mills quite average. NZ only got there by dint of five runouts by the South Africans. In five years time will this tour be remembered for winning the one-day series or the right tonking that we got by an innings and a couple of hundred in each Test?
The Black Caps are getting much better scores in the one day matches than they did in the tests.
No Steyn & no Philander. The jaapies are operating a pace attack with one hand tied behind their backs.
No Southee. No Taylor. No Ryder.
Teams have to manage with whoever is available. The number 1 team should have enough depth to cover some absences. I think they have been too complacent and arrogant.
Credibility restored – you Sir have got to be joking. Maybe, just maybe if they beat the Poms in the tests & one dayers you could start considering that but not after a couple of one day wins. 47 all out – that cannot be disregarded so easily.
45 all out Patrick. Credability also comes with accuracy. Hopefully with both Taylor and Ryder available for the matches the batting will be a bit more secure and we could see series wins in both the T20 and ODI games. The test matches will be another story unfortunately, but that is where this current crop of players are at.
“credibility restoring effort”
Steady on Pete, they need a few more consistent wins under the belt before we start throwing statements like that around. Sadly as they often do, they’ll probably choke the next 5 – 10 games.
Yeah, I know, seen it all before. But two good wins in a row is quite an unusual effort so need to make the most of it while it lasts. And I did say they need to learn consistency.
The next game will be interesting, maybe SA will finally get their act together and hammer us, but with the series won and pressure off a bit the BCs could open up a bit too.
If they give that one a damn good go, even if they lose, I will start to have a bit of hope. Maybe perhaps.
Organised boredom – unless you’re watching it drunk.
What were the odds of NZ winning? Five runouts? Sounds rigged to me… sadly not unheard of in cricket these days.
I did not want to mention that possibility Bob for fear of being cried down but five runouts, an amazing form reversal from the world champs and what would have been some seriously long odds warrants some investigation if only to clear the air.
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