Really a poor power play by NZ,with the pitch slowing up that was the time to hit boundaries with the field up.
Poor field settings when Pakistan were chasing to easy to find gaps no pressure applied.
A ridgid bowling plan which made it easy for Pakistain to plan their run chase.
And really a bad bowling effort lost length badly and not enough off pace deliveries no knuckle balls, virtually nothing out of the back of the hand.
Shit performance all round with no vision to change things up.
We saved our worst outing for last, although I felt that we had started to stall even in the games against England and Ireland
Yep I agree,It had that feeling we were fading around the England game.
That was still a pretty decent chase. If Kane even went 40 from 30 and had 10 deliveries to one of our more aggressive batsmen, who knows…
That was actually a good partnership 91 runs at a 150 SR (even with Kane sandbagging)
We really needed Neesh or Mitchell to stay in which would have given either another 10-15 balls and a chance to hit a few big shots.
GP also choked up when the wickets started falling and only struck at 100 after KW was dismissed.
The thing with Neesh and Mitchell was when they came in and we were very much up against it so they were under pressure. I still think we would’ve come up short if they went their standard strike rates for an extra over.
Anyway hopefully a few lessons learned for both bat and ball.
Yeah but by the very nature of T20 as a format shouldn’t they be used to that ?
When Neesh came in there were 5 overs to go and we needed 61 to win. So not a lot of time and 12+ RR required. After 4 balls if you haven’t hit a couple of boundaries (on what was a slowing pitch), then you are in a bit of pain for the next over etc. If the required RR is under the 2 runs a ball then I just think the pressure is quite different.
Not at all. I’d rather he re established himself at the top of the test rankings again.
Steve Smith ( crumbs, what an ordinary T20 record ) and Joe Root don’t worry about this format of the game. Virat Kohli does but his test performances have suffered of late.
But different for Kohli given the IPL and its prominence, the amount of dosh he’s making and him being the Indian captain. They want him in the side regardless.
Definitely, and in terms of “all formats” Kohli could be regarded as the best of the four ( especially given Smiths surprisingly shit T20 record for a guy who averages bang on 60 at test level )…..the “fuck you bloody” crowd would certainly have this viewpoint.
But KW could be replaced by a bits and pieces hitter and the team wouldn’t suffer too much.
It was a bloody enjoyable win but it is also T20 and sometimes one thing can swing the whole shape of the game. If Allen’s onslaught hadn’t come off (and it won’t always) Captain Kane would have dragged down the run rate and we’d have been lucky to get 150-160.
If Warner hadn’t down a clown act to get out (pure comedy) the Oz batting shape could have also been much different.
Not saying it was only luck just that luck can play a big part sometimes.
Coulda shoulda woulda, who gives a fuck, lots of moments have gone against us over the years as well. Warner's a fucking tin arse and rides his luck all the time, nice to see it run out for once. We just wiped the fucking floor with them in a WC in front of 40k baying Australians. It doesn't get much better than that, just enjoy it man.
Not sure you can refer to a guy with a record as impressive as Warners as a “tin arse” no matter what his personality is like.
But yeah, in saying that I’m certainly enjoying the victory !
Yeah, Warner is ridiculously talented, which is why he often gets away with being a tin arse in T20s. Any batsmen that comes out and goes hell for leather from the get go needs a fair amount of luck to pull it off. To say we were lucky to get him out ignores all the chances and half chances he gets away with. I'm hoping Allen can be even half the time arse Warner is.
WTF!!! We were just sipping on a beer celebrating Warnie’s life and enjoying each other’s company💔💔💔💔💔💔💔
Our great friendship and respect for each other started the very first minute we met in battle. You were such a competitor doing any and everything for your team.
I had the greatest respect for you Roy!!!
You also made friendship so easy, I loved the spontaneous phone calls and messages. You reached out just yesterday “How are you champ” … “All good Mr Symonds … How things with you”
Well all isn’t good anymore I will miss you and I’m devastated.
You were a champion bloke and the cricket world will miss you. We have lost another great human being.
Condolences to Andrew’s family and friends.
#riproy #❤️ #💔
That read like any press release from the E&WCB over the last few years. Problems? What problems?
NZC arguably has a recent history of doing even the right thing the wrong way. E.g. Hesson and McCullum were the right calls and probably set up the last eight years or so, yet the captaincy situation with Ross Taylor still managed to be handled abysmally by the powers-that be at the time...
I think part of the idea of appointing McCullum was to imitate that “reset” that NZ cricket seemed to have. It was certainly mentioned a fair bit anyway. Has that worked? Well the early indications would say yes, but it is very early days. Too soon to start dusting off the trophy cabinet that’s for sure.
England haven’t turned a massive corner, they still have a VERY creaky top order and two absolutely ancient spearheads…..BUT they’ve had some pretty good performances, their world class batsman has fired when ours didn’t and Bairstow has played out of his skin aka Johns son…..difference being he had enough support to get his team to victory.
Fielding with more urgency, need to attack the ball in the field.
I'll settle for improving the catch rate for simple catches. Hard catches are hard - but you can practice and improve the simple ones. And it relaly makes a difference in cricket; creating 10-11 chances vs creating 13-14 chances
Players tend to drop some really easy catches because they take them for granted, they need to focus just as much on a lolly catch as a difficult one... reckon if it's a lolly catch or a difficult one in slips or a diving catch in the outfield it's always so important to let the ball come to you using soft hands, it's when a player pushes their hands forward towards the ball there's a good chance they'll drop it.
It's good that batsmen have to face Jamieson's awkward bounce & he swings it, also has a good slower ball... but to add to his bowling armoury would like to see him bowl around the wicket when needed & use the width of the bowling crease too, Southee does that brilliantly.
@nta totally agree mate. I spent a bit of time playing with and against Molly Strano and Sophie Molyneux about 4 years ago and they were skilful then, but the improvements have been astronomical. Great chicks too!
(apologies for the name drop but those girls were way cool and molly played the most technically perfect reverse sweep I've ever seen)
A 203 run loss to finish the tour with, glad I didn't stay up late for that one! In some ways the tour finished not much better than we started out - we're still reliant on a small number of key players to do the majority of the work, and if they don't fire...
@labcat since the beginning of the year he’s come off a lot more than he hasn’t though. A massive talent for such a young player.
I think we’ve missed a trick not picking him in the WC squad.
I think so too. They've gone with neither him nor Munro, so not that absolute 'from ball one go for it' option at the top.
I also think by the time the WC starts, those UAE wickets are going to be worn out and spinning sideways. (the second half of IPL, plus the T20WC prelimnary rounds will be played on them for a month before we play out first games).
So, in hindsight, Ajaz not in the squad is probably also a missed trick. I say in hindsight, as this wasn't an outrageous or particularly controversial decision 10 days ago. But on other hand ... these Bangladesh wickets have made spinners look good, so should be weary of reading too much into it.
NZ do have 3 spinners in that squad (and 2 half/part time spinners), so I'm not criticising the balance for that squad. But we have 2 leggies selected. I just have a hunch that the pitches may get so ragged that we could get even more bang for our buck with 2 specialist finger spinners plus just the one leggie.
I also think Jamieson ahead of Milne is a mistake.
With Chris Cairns, no standard was met, including libel which is to the balance of probabilities, so his lawyers showed in court that it was more likely than not that he didn't fix matches.
I think there were specific instructions to rely on two witnesses. McCullum, Vincent and Vincent's wife offered direct evidence they were induced to fix matches by Cairns.
Vincent and wife looked flaky. McCullum seemed pretty straightforward. However, the jury acquitted.
So, on the evidence available it may have been correct in law - but frankly, the accusations by McCullum and Vincent were pretty damning. Personally, I prefer their version to Cairns (who denies everything), but I'm a random keyboard warrior.