General Black Caps...

snake77

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 12, 2013
8,239
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.
 

Hardyman's Yugo

1st Grade Fringe
Jun 2, 2017
2,075
Lancashire, England
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
 
  • Like
Reactions: bruce

Hardyman's Yugo

1st Grade Fringe
Jun 2, 2017
2,075
Lancashire, England
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
 
  • Like
Reactions: bruce

Hardyman's Yugo

1st Grade Fringe
Jun 2, 2017
2,075
Lancashire, England
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.
 
  • Like
Reactions: bruce

bruce

Warriors 1st Grader
Contributor
Sep 1, 2015
14,659
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.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Raw Power

Boats n Hoes

1st Grade Fringe
May 14, 2012
1,390
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.
 

Murraytd

1st Grade Fringe
Sep 5, 2014
615
Brisbane
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.
 

Raw Power

1st Grade Fringe
Aug 30, 2016
557
Brisbane
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!
 
  • Like
Reactions: bruce

Boats n Hoes

1st Grade Fringe
May 14, 2012
1,390
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?
 

Raw Power

1st Grade Fringe
Aug 30, 2016
557
Brisbane
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...
 
Last edited:

Miket12

Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 20, 2012
7,825
wrighty wrighty, as someone who has forgotten more about cricket than I will ever know, do you agree with the commentators that the Black Caps should have declared earlier than they did?
 
  • Like
Reactions: bruce

bruce

Warriors 1st Grader
Contributor
Sep 1, 2015
14,659
wrighty wrighty, as someone who has forgotten more about cricket than I will ever know, do you agree with the commentators that the Black Caps should have declared earlier than they did?
Strange decision, and they didn't get many runs for the extra time. The pitch is as flat as a pancake though and if Stokes gets going on it anything could happen. My guess is they are just being conservative.
 

Miket12

Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 20, 2012
7,825
Strange decision, and they didn't get many runs for the extra time. The pitch is as flat as a pancake though and if Stokes gets going on it anything could happen. My guess is they are just being conservative.
You get the feeling McCullum would have declared as soon as Watling scored 200 and said to the bowlers “We’ve made sure we can’t lose the game now you go out there and win it for us.”
 
  • Love
Reactions: bruce

Ever Hopeful

1st Grade Fringe
Contributor
Feb 24, 2013
2,021
Every second game seems to be played at Mt Maunganui...on a pitch that is not conducive to good, balanced cricket.

A game with a chance of a wicket is a bit more exciting in my opinion. A 4 day game of action is better than 5 days of bat beating ball. Especially when you have a couple of very adept swing bowlers (from memory anyway - can barely remember a period of Southee and Boult actually being able to use their craft)
 

Upcoming Match

Penrith Panthers Campbelltown Stadium Rate Match

Last Game

05 Jun

4.9 Total Avg Rating
5.8 Your Avg Rating

Highest Rated Player

Lowest Rated Player

Compiled from 17 ratings