Every time a NZ tour ends it leaves you down and depressed. The sacral tranquillity, only interrupted by crazy bird noises or filthy laughs from the background of the comment box, the lush green everywhere, the relaxed audience with their funny banners and displays, and the entirely turd-free hosting team provide for such an inviting and relaxing atmosphere, that the end of a tour always feels like having to depart from paradise.
Australia will leave with good memories, they have not only won both tests and retained the two big trophies, but in the course of the tour some of their key players have soared to new heights as well: Clarke arose strengthened after solving his private issues, Kato justified his cultic worship, North has left a disastrous season behind, and Mitch has mutated into an ember-eyed demon in cricket pants.
Nevertheless it was New Zealand who ended Australia's unbeaten summer by inflicting two defeats on them; the nailbiting finish of the second T20 is still fresh in my mind, and they also beat Oz in the last ODI of the Chappell-Helmet Trophy. Alas, they couldn't win an a series.
That's a pretty sad outcome, even more so as New Zealand's final results punish those who sparkled. To be honest I haven't watched the last match day yet but the scorecard is telling. Southee, unfairly the last wicket, fell on 45, while Chris Martin stood unbeaten. Only Guptill and McCullum reached the 50s. The rest succumbed cheaply to the Yellow Forces, in particular to the above mentioned Mitch Demon, who has apparently started to practise the black art of feasting upon negative vibes. It might also have aided his cause that he bowls scalpels instead of cricket balls. If he maintains this form until the Ashes England will die in a blender.
However, I've enjoyed most of Australia's stay in NZ, there was certainly more to see than during the Australian summer. I'd like to conclude this post with a handful of screens from the "sickened tist":
The helmetitis continues!
This time it's Michael Clarke who takes a blow on the noggin.
During that moment he did not only hear the bells ringing in
his head, but also got madly yelled at from all directions for
Can you see the embers glowing? ^^
Mitch did clearly not feel much love for Mat Sinclair, after
only just missing his off stump with the last ball of day 1.
LRPL dominated the Aussie bowlers
during that innings, but got let down
by his comrades. What a sad fate.
Run-Out-Ricky in his element.
Just hatched from the incubator: Watto's army
of remote-controlled supporter kids.
The chip inside their heads can be activated to
make them hold up displays with silly slogans.