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I'd say the match is even right now. England were about this stage yesterday.It all comes down to McCullum playing a captain's innings.
This sounds like a treacherous wicket - so it may be a competitive total.Kiwis will have to bat carefully.
Not too bad, guys. Keep this up and you'll be fitted with your beige jerseys, droopy 'taches and dangly chain thangs.More of the same tomorrow please and then remember to hold the bat the right way up and "have a go, ya mug"! when we bat.All we need is rampant inflation, a plane buzzing Lords dropping flour bombs and the Red Squad and it could be 1981 all over again.
What was the difference between today and the final day of Test 3 in New Zealand ?Anyone ? NZ fielding has improved and they didn't drop catches...which is why Trott and Bell are out.The only question is if they now have an answer to Prior and Broad.
well for one I feel the first day has proved that all is not well with English cricket. Crompton, Trott, Root , Bairstow wouldn't have got in any team fielded for the last 25 years, possibly a lot longer. The Lions are essentially a touring team to keep poor coaches in gainful employ and heavily subsidised by SKY and various tv monies bolster credibility.
Watching NZ cricket ( until March this year anyway ) was like the equivalent of National Service - you had to do your stint and no-one particularly wanted to volunteer.In the 1980s when people used to flock to watch Paddles, (the Mighty ) Cairns, Angry Snedden and Mystery Morrison as if it was Aug 1914.I'd like to see the latter days return ( but perhaps minus the trenchfoot/moustaches ).
New Zealand are a lot better team than most people seem to think. England are not as good as they thought they were before South Africa arrived last year. But, without injuries to key players, England will win both home series this summer. The team looks a lot weaker without KP.
England are amazing mun
32England won in India, so they have played well at least once abroad in the recent past. NZ conditions are quite similar to here ( amazingly they had rain interruptions amidst an epic drought ) so it was intriguing to see them struggle. As for the next two tests - we may have poked the bear with a stick ( Please (God/Rangi and Papa/Buddha ) we get a draw and see some decent NZ batting.
England were terrible in NZ. Whether the players believed their "best in the World" status meant something or were genuinely undercooked, the batting and mental side was fragile in sticky situations.The bowling, luck with the weather and one or two good knocks dug out draws but for a #1 team that is not enough, and reinforces the perception that England do not travel well.
Yeah, we in NZ know it's preparation for the yellow-bellies, as you say, we ain't kidding ourselves. But you were lucky, Matt Prior lucky not to lose to us a few months ago and we have our 3rd best batsman and 1st best bowler back from injury so we might just give you a scare especially if it's a 1 test series. Just letting U know.
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