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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

It hurts



Thoughts on this evening's defeat to England:
- Following a Black Caps top order collapse on CricInfo is much less fun than watching on the box (if you find that sort of thing fun, that is)
- Styris got 80 odd in a domestic match today - let's get him on a plane, quick smart
- What were England DOING when they batted? They dwardled along like 11 Geoff Boycotts, it was more boring than ten man rugby from the 80s. If we'd had a little luck and got Flintoff out any earlier we'd have probably nicked it
- Flintoff is obsessed with punching gloves with his batting partner - one of England's tailenders wasn't expecting it when he came to the crease, and just about got a cock-punch
- Without Bond, our go-to tactic is still the slow-medium dobbers - twelve years ago it was Latham and Harris, now it's Astle and specialist bowler Craig McMillian (who in fairness did a great job tying England down at the death)
- Tony Greig's shameless cheering for the Poms is beyond a joke - if Sky Digital had an option to mute individual commentators, and have them replaced them with nails scraping a blackboard, I'd cheerfully pay double my subscription (Stu Wilson, you'd be next on my list, Bucko)
- Cricinfo's headline right now is 'Flintoff edges England in thriller' - is that in a kind of Michael Jackson sense of 'Thriller'?
- Scary thing is, England aren't all that flash a side, and we stil lost. Did you spot anything to worry the Aussies?
- More depressing than the actual game was tuning into Radio Sport on the way to the video shop post-match, with one caller asking if Shane Bond actually had a migraine (back strain?), or just didn't feel like playing. The horror...

3 comments:

Heine said...

It was not pretty to follow on Cric Info at all. How on earth did we lose to those muppets?

Oh the shame. I now have to pretend I'm Aussie in the office so that I don't get harrassed.

Cactus Kate said...

You meant to tell me Piggy Styris is roting in domestic cricket?

What about Oram and Vincent?

Thought they were injured?

richard said...

Clint - Offices in the UK can be cruel, eh. In '98 us NZers received wooden spoons when the ABs finished bottom of the Tri Nations. Comedy gold.

Kate - From the Herald today: Styris said he and fellow injury-hit Black Caps Kyle Mills and Jacob Oram were pencilled in for Saturday flights to Australia.

Looks like Styris is even bowling as well - here comes the cavalry. Dunno about Lou Vincent though...