4 August 2010

Kiwis not extinct - Slugs neither!

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.



half-tracker said...

Great knock by BabySlug, made even more impressive by the struggles of his team mates and Canada. Shame Cheema didn't get going in the second innings - watching him is always a pleasure.

Wes ~ PFCNFS ~ said...

Super effort also by the bowlers, in particular BabyMasakadza (7 wickets) and Chatara (6 w.), the real challenges lie still ahead though, well okay Scotland is maybe doable, but Ireland is a hard nut to bust, helps though that Zim are unbeaten so far (incl one draw).

greyblazer said...

Seamers McKay and Tuffey seem to be in good rhythm. From whatever I have seen of CE his batting is similar to SE.

HK Jain said...

New Zealand Cricket is really not static. One see them beating Australians in consecutive odis while in the next series they itself get beaten on the same pitches.

They must stabilize their performance.

Suhas said...

two months away from the international scene certainly feels like five years, doesn't it?
Great to see your updates.

NZ are sending in a somewhat experimental squad so i think they'll be very happy if they make the finals. good chance for them to show what they can do in Dan-solo's absence.

Good on Craig Ervine for piling on the runs. is there any way his brother can be lured back to Zim? It would also continue their rich sibling tradition (the Flowers, Rennies, Whittalls, etc)

Wes ~ PFCNFS ~ said...

Hello HK, I think NZ is a too small country for real stability but it is admirable how they
always try and give their best.

Suhas, long time no see! I was wondering how you were doing. Sean Ervine has signed a contract with the Southern Rocks, meaning he will play the Zim domestic season, but pitifully I don't know any details.

Wes ~ PFCNFS ~ said...

Greyblazer I hope he will mature a bit further and develop some Test suitability.

Purna said...

Oh yay! When does this series start? I can't wait!

Wes ~ PFCNFS ~ said...

Sorry Pu I just copied the first dates from Cricinfo

Sri Lanka A v New Zealand at Pallekele
Aug 7, 2010 (09:30 local, 04:00 GMT)

India v New Zealand at Dambulla
Aug 10, 2010 (14:30 local, 09:00 GMT)

Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Dambulla
Aug 13, 2010 (14:30 local, 09:00 GMT)

Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Dambulla
Aug 19, 2010 (14:30 local, 09:00 GMT)

India v New Zealand at Dambulla
Aug 25, 2010 (14:30 local, 09:00 GMT)