New Zealand welcome opportunity to pretend they would have liked the opportunity to salvage some pride

This website is against two-Test series, but some people like them. Secretly, New Zealand will be delighted that they don’t have to adopt stern facial expressions in order to state that they are desperate to make amends for previous performances in the third Test.

Instead, the players can claim to want the opportunity to try and make amends without having to actually test whether they can. They can say what they like.

The second Test was just about as bad as the first with South African batsmen scoring hundreds for fun shortly before all of New Zealand’s batsmen scored a hundred between them without there being even the faintest whiff of fun.

Bring back Chris Harris.

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  1. Chris Martin has already announced he is stepping down as New Zealand’s batting coach.

    • This one got a good laugh from me.

      South Africa have set the bar now. England get five tests in a row against this load of dobbers and duffers and I for one am bored senseless at the thought of it.

  2. “It is hard to point finger at anything at the moment…” – Brendon McCullum

    That’s probably because he’s only got ten fingers so he can’t decide what needs pointing at most. But generally speaking, I would suggest that having your four bowlers average more than all your batsmen is worth pointing at as something to address. Also, you’d have to argue that Mike Hesson is worthy of a finger or two, in many ways.

  3. Wait a second, you are going through a phase of severe clinical depression? You question your worth in society? You wonder whether you should exist at all? Well, why don’t you play the No. 1 team in the world with all those scary fast bowlers? It might do you some good.

  4. Actually, with Taylor and Ronchi and Ryder hopefully coming into the side for England, one might hope that New Zealand are in better shape to compete by then.

  5. BREAKING NEWS: #8 in the world flogged by #1.
    Watching NZ play cricket gives me the #2s.

  6. Meanwhile, over in India, it would appear that Wonders Have Ceased.

    Much debate about Dernbach on the web, with his career economy rate of 6+ (73 from 9 today). I reckon that his early success was down to batsmen concentrating on finding pictures of naked women on his arm. Now that they know there are none, they just concentrate on sending every other ball to the boundary.

    But you never know – there’s always hope. 151 needed from 16 with two wickets in hand. As they say, it’s not over till the fat bits-and-pieces player has a blind slog.

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