The Kiwis are alive and kicking! After like five years without any international Kiwi cricket I had begun think that the country had disappeared from the face of the earth and we would never hear of it again. But they are up and actually playing, and it feels like they had never been away: Watling fails, LRPL and Styris top score, Southee, Tuffey, McKay in the wickets, consolation scalps for Oram and Patel. The older one gets, the more thankful one is about the things that never change.
Oh yes I forgot to mention, this post is about the match between the Sri Lanka Board President's XI and New Zealanders in Colombo, the NZish warm up victory before the tri-series between Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand; should be a treat to watch for all ODI fans in general and Kiwi supporters in particular, as we could see how the inclusion of a third team, for instance Zimbabwe, can spice up the eternal boredom between IND and SL. If you want to read a bit more about the Indian team, head over to Rishab's.
|Ross Taylor is back in the ring hitting it hard (c) AFP|
Click here to investigate the Kiwi squad for the series, Dan The Man is obviously still spending time with his sprout; Jesse Ryder, the injury on legs, will be missed badly, and I am a wee bit worried about the spin department; apart from that the attack seems ok especially also with McCullum II chipping in later on; not sure how Kyle Mills will be faring.
It looks a capable troop but I think the weaknesses, i.e. Vettori's absence, are to surface quickly. What benefits the NZers is the one-day format, that should balance the chances a little. I have medium-sized hopes that New Zealand won't embarrass themselves :)
|BabySlug beating the Netherlands (c) ICC|
And while we are at it, praised be the BabySlug! 177 for Ervine The Younger in the Intercontinental Cup against Canada, after 145 and 59* against the Netherlands. The Zimbabwean one-man-army is marching and I wonder where he has learnt it *g*
Of course Craig Ervine has scored a large amount of the Zimbabwean runs, which might make the whole victory thing look a bit one-sided, but it also shows what wonderful asset he is to Zimbabwean cricket and I hope when Zimbabwe regain Test status he will and probably should be one of the guys who receive the cap.
Would have loved to see Graeme Cremer getting a bit of international practice under the belt but ah well you can't have everything.