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Black Cap 2nd test tweaks

March 22, 2009

Former Black Caps wicket-keeper Adam Parore reckons NZ need to finesse their middle order batting lineup to have a chance in the 2 remaining tests, now India have won the first test. Ryder at 5 and McCullum at 6 is Parore’s solution to the problem he correctly identifies as ‘dodging the new ball but having time to make centuries’.

However, having your best batsmen ‘dodge the new ball’ only works if you don’t start with 3 inexperienced batsmen, as NZ just did to their chagrin. Better to bracket new and experienced batsmen so the departing batter gets replaced by a similar one. The experienced players are Ryder, McCullum and Taylor; the newbies McIntosh, Guptill and Flynn (kind-of).

For example, open with Ryder and McIntosh, and bracket McCullum & Guptill at 3/4, and Taylor & Flynn at 5/6. So – if McIntosh is out, bring in Guptill, but if Ryder drops, bring in McCullum; Taylor replaces McCullum, while Flynn comes in after Guptill falls. That way, you always have a harder hitting older batsman paired with a newbie, to stabilise things, and (hopefully) avoid a rapid rout of the top order, nullifying Parore’s effect of putting the best batsmen in the middle order to ‘protect them’ from the new ball.

That said, the case is stronger than ever for ‘Skippy’ Sinclair to get a bat in the last 2 tests. And I remain unconvinced about James Franklin’s conversion from fast-medium left-arm pace bowler to batting allrounder with medium-fast bowling. He has not shone.

But if poor bowling prizes are given out, surely all three spots on the podium would go to Kyle Mills? He has truly lived up to his test ranking of 41st in the world. Good against teams like Bangladesh & West Indies, Mills is exposed every time against good sides like Australia (Chappell-Hadlee series) and India. Swap him for a genuine quick bowler, like Wellington’s Mark Gillespie, who has been given treatment little better than Sinclair by the selectors.

So, my lineup for the last 2 tests?

  • Opening pair – Jesse Ryder & Martin Guptill
  • first drop – Brendon McCullum & Matthew Sinclair
  • 2nd drop – Ross Taylor & Daniel Flynn
  • allrounder – drop Franklin for the evergreen Chris Harris! 🙂 (I know, the ICL farce). Okay, chuck Tim McIntosh in to open with Ryder, and drop Guptill, Sinclair and Flynn 1 bracket down each.
  • bowlers – Dan Vettori, Mark Gillespie (instead of Mills), Iain O’Brien and Chris Martin.

That gives 4 pace bowlers (Martin, O’Brien, Gillespie and Ryder), spinner Vettori, and I reckon if Harry could be picked, he would do quite well on these flat wickets – it’s all about guile. All while retaining 6 genuine specialist batsmen.

But we’ll see…

McMouthing off

February 6, 2008

It seems Brendan ‘McMouth’ McCullum is a clairvoyant; he said “there is no substitute for getting out…” before last night’s Twenty20 cricket match, and he delivered – with a score of 9 personally, and a few captaincy blunders. Okay, that’s a little mean – his thoughts seemed reasonable, but implementation let him down.

Maligned debutant Jesse Ryder was the only top-order batsman to trouble the scorers to add a second digit to his tally, though he may not care to be reminded that his 22 came behind Jacob Oram’s bludgeoned 61 and … 23 for the extras!

The Kiwi statistics were:

Bowling: K Mills 4-0-43-2, C Martin 4-0-34-2, J Oram 4-0-24-1 (1w), J Patel 3-0-42-1, T Southee 4-0-39-1, J Ryder 1-0-2-1.

New Zealand
J Ryder run out 22
B McCullum c Shah b Sidebottom 9
R Taylor lbw b Sidebottom 0
J How c Pietersen b Mascarenhas 6
S Styris b Mascarenhas 1
P Fulton b Broad 8
J Oram c Bell b Sidebottom 61
K Mills c Anderson b Swann 11
T Southee c Mascarenhas b Collingwood 1
J Patel b Anderson 5
C Martin not out 5
Extras (6w, 17lb) 23

Total (19.2 overs) 152

Fall: 18, 19, 47, 49, 64, 70, 90, 102, 135, 152.

So what lessons can NZ take from this defeat? Perhaps to drop Sir Richard Hadlee from the selectors panel. Hadlee was a clear proponent of pushing young players into the side, and he and coach Bracewell appear to have driven senior players (McMillan, Harris and Astle for a start, and now Styris from tests) out of NZ, and into lucrative ICL hands.

Even former Kiwi wicketkeeper and perennial bad boy Adam Parore has spotted there is something irrational in the latest selections (see ‘maligned’ link above). Even sharper insight is given by recent Black Caps opening batsman Mark Richardson. The verdict – picking young or unfit players and dumping them straight in the national side is dangerous, for both player and team. Let them prove themselves in the provincial competition!