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Boycott and Sunil Gavaskar didn't want to bat too quickly when limited overs was first introduced as it might hurt their averages playing too risky. Imagine if those two were around when Twenty20 was first introduced and they picked the usual players or used the touring squad instead of specialists.

Had a guy when I was playing. He opened and was in for pretty much the whole 45 overs for their innings. Towards the end around 40-42 overs his team mates start clapping. We ask what's the clapping for? It's his 50. Thought he got it about 10-15 overs ago.
 
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That year the Poms won the test at Eden Park. Botham was the team newbie and got elected to go out and run Boycott out so they could chase some runs and win the game, which was what happened.
A bit wrapped up in himself was Boycott, the butt of many jokes


He’s mellowed a bit now and has been a good pundit
 
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Yasir Shah on fire
 
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Where I grew up there was no first class cricket never mind test matches, so the first top class game I saw was when I left home to go to university. World Cup semi finaln1979 England v NZ at Old Trafford if anyone remembers that far back
 
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Boycott and Sunil Gavaskar didn't want to bat too quickly when limited overs was first introduced as it might hurt their averages playing too risky. Imagine if those two were around when Twenty20 was first introduced and they picked the usual players or used the touring squad instead of specialists.

Had a guy when I was playing. He opened and was in for pretty much the whole 45 overs for their innings. Towards the end around 40-42 overs his team mates start clapping. We ask what's the clapping for? It's his 50. Thought he got it about 10-15 overs ago.
When Boycott opened the batting in the 1979 WC final against Windies he got to 50 iirc, but at a slow pace when chasing a big total. At one point he played a poor shot to Clive Lloyd who promptly dropped the catch, I’m convinced it was deliberate.

Totally off topic but the funniest story I heard about him was when he went to play a few exhibition matches in Hong Kong. The standard of bowling was decent club standard at best, but Boycott played them in his trademark watchful manner. Apparently a slight sea fret blew in reducing visibility slightly and the umpires, more to demonstrate they knew what they were doing than anything else, offered him the light. Boycott accepted this and walked off much to the disgust of the large crowd.
 
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Well Done The Boys... Series Win against Pakistan... Great Summer Viewing Prime time
The Sydney Accountant Came through... WOOOO
 
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Black Caps Win 3rd Test and Series... Man of the Match is Captain Kano.... Yasir Shah Man of the Series 29 wickets... What a Series!
 
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Only slightly off topic, and yes it was a fantastic performance, but is anybody watching Australia v India?

FOX are now running the cricket and have a new commentary team.

One of my favourite commentators has always been Kerry O'Keefe. He was on ABC Radio for years and is a genuine dinosaur, but apart from knowing the game he has an insane sense of humour. Sometimes when he cracks a joke he cannot help breaking into the most embarrassing giggle. He sure beats the Channel Nine straight faces. I don't think Ian Chappell has smiled in his whole life.
 
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Enthralling series with lots of swings and roundabouts. 2 very even teams, just as u thought one was dominant the other would fight back and the game would change. Great advertisement for test cricket. Would rather these sort of pitches than the roads where both teams score 500+.

That Williamson/Nicholls partnership was the key tho. Given our tendency to fold like a pack of cards that was good grit shown not only to first get us out of trouble, but then put us in the box seat.

The Kane train tho....he just keeps churning them out. While being a very correct batman he's not as aesthetically flamboyant in his strokemaking as Martin Crowe was or as flair driven as Kohli or some of the West Indies greats, but if u wanted someone to bat for your life...he'd be the man....looking forward to the home summer.
 
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Enthralling series with lots of swings and roundabouts. 2 very even teams, just as u thought one was dominant the other would fight back and the game would change. Great advertisement for test cricket. Would rather these sort of pitches than the roads where both teams score 500+.

That Williamson/Nicholls partnership was the key tho. Given our tendency to fold like a pack of cards that was good grit shown not only to first get us out of trouble, but then put us in the box seat.

The Kane train tho....he just keeps churning them out. While being a very correct batman he's not as aesthetically flamboyant in his strokemaking as Martin Crowe was or as flair driven as Kohli or some of the West Indies greats, but if u wanted someone to bat for your life...he'd be the man....looking forward to the home summer.
Good post. Grew up during a golden NZ cricket era "the 80's" and Martin Crowe for me is still top of the pile (never saw Sutcliffe, or Dempster play) But, KW is bridging that gap every series.

The only blip for me in this series was only playing Tim Southee in the last test! He could almost exclusively be in the team primarily for his slipping ability.
 
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Enthralling series with lots of swings and roundabouts. 2 very even teams, just as u thought one was dominant the other would fight back and the game would change. Great advertisement for test cricket. Would rather these sort of pitches than the roads where both teams score 500+.

That Williamson/Nicholls partnership was the key tho. Given our tendency to fold like a pack of cards that was good grit shown not only to first get us out of trouble, but then put us in the box seat.

The Kane train tho....he just keeps churning them out. While being a very correct batman he's not as aesthetically flamboyant in his strokemaking as Martin Crowe was or as flair driven as Kohli or some of the West Indies greats, but if u wanted someone to bat for your life...he'd be the man....looking forward to the home summer.
Nice Post... must mention though, BJ Watling's Dogged & Grinding 77 not out in the first innings to initially give us some hope of saving and/or eventually a chance of winning the match!
 
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Good post. Grew up during a golden NZ cricket era "the 80's" and Martin Crowe for me is still top of the pile (never saw Sutcliffe, or Dempster play) But, KW is bridging that gap every series.
Yeah if it wasnt for those dodgy knees i'd have no doubt Crowe would've ended up with his average in the 50s, more runs, more centuries.

I remember his on drive as a signature shot, the flourish of that backlift, stillness of head, just precision (mind u Guptill does a good impression, u know he's connected well, just keeps staring at the ground at the point of contact....ends up in the third tier).

Nice Post... must mention though, BJ Watling's Dogged & Grinding 77 not out in the first innings to initially give us some hope of saving and/or eventually a chance of winning the match!
Definitely. He's value for money that bloke. Trying to think who was the last batsman we had who continuously saved our backside? Roger Twose? Coney?
 
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Yeah if it wasnt for those dodgy knees i'd have no doubt Crowe would've ended up with his average in the 50s, more runs, more centuries.

I remember his on drive as a signature shot, the flourish of that backlift, stillness of head, just precision (mind u Guptill does a good impression, u know he's connected well, just keeps staring at the ground at the point of contact....ends up in the third tier).



Definitely. He's value for money that bloke. Trying to think who was the last batsman we had who continuously saved our backside? Roger Twose? Coney?
Chris Harris definitely! and Danny Vettori? And of course Sir Richard...
 
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