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Old 15th December 2018, 12:21   #1
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Sri Lanka in New Zealand

Two tests, 3 ODIs and a T20I either side of the New Year.

Sri Lanka fought back after losing 3 quick wickets first up, 275/9.

It will be interesting to see how their seamers get on, not exactly had much practice in recent months!
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Old 15th December 2018, 12:54   #2
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Ajaz Patel, the Ian Blackwell of New Zealand tweakers?
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Old 16th December 2018, 00:09   #3
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Mathews bowling! Thought he'd ditched that part of his game. Steaming in at 119ks
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Old 16th December 2018, 00:13   #4
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Tons of runs out there. Bowling out Sri Lanka for less than 300 should put NZ in the driving seat.

Just remember this one where NZ won the toss and elected to field: http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/1...ealand-2016-17
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Old 16th December 2018, 00:49   #5
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Good toss to win, day one definitely the best day to bowl.
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Old 16th December 2018, 07:32   #6
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Day 5 will be good for bowling too. The key is to bat second and bat for 2 and a half days. Basin's an interesting wicket; nowhere else seems to be quite like it.
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Day 5 will be good for bowling too. The key is to bat second and bat for 2 and a half days. Basin's an interesting wicket; nowhere else seems to be quite like it.
Big day for your guys - 311/2 with Latham getting a ton and 50s for Williamson and Taylor.
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It was tough innings for Latham. Woefully out of form coming into this, had to work really hard. Williamson on the other hand made it look so easy. Shocker when he got out.
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Is there any way to enact some sort of ANZAC pact in whereby in the spirit of Pharlap, Crowded House & Clarrie Grimmet we claim Kane Williamson as our own? I'm sure with their batting depth NZ won't mind too much, and at least Kane will actually get to play regular test cricket. Throw in Jacinda Adern while we're at it and we'll give you our raft of right wing religious zealots.
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Is there any way to enact some sort of ANZAC pact in whereby in the spirit of Pharlap, Crowded House & Clarrie Grimmet we claim Kane Williamson as our own? I'm sure with their batting depth NZ won't mind too much, and at least Kane will actually get to play regular test cricket. Throw in Jacinda Adern while we're at it and we'll give you our raft of right wing religious zealots.
But I heard Aussies chanting "**** off, we're full" and that you've got too many Kiwis over there anyway.

And I want neither Shaun Marsh nor Peter Dutton.
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Winds up in Wellington
Is it? Pretty normal Wellington summer's day out there today. Wind will get up tomorrow. Bit of rain forecast for Day 5, sadly.
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Is it? Pretty normal Wellington summer's day out there today. Wind will get up tomorrow. Bit of rain forecast for Day 5, sadly.
Compared to normal, I guess not but yesterday seemed quite becalmed.
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Latham carries his bat for 264

Otherwise this match is going to be a right royal hammering.
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Good effort that. Any better scores for a batsman carrying their bat? Can't have been many.

So well controlled throughout that innings. Could easily have had a triple if someone had been willing to stick around with him. Still, with potential for rain on day 5, the timing of the all out probably worked well for NZ.
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Good effort that. Any better scores for a batsman carrying their bat? Can't have been many.
Apparently not. Cook's double in Melbourne last year (which, coincidentally, I was at the ground for) being the previous record.
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I was thinking that it was a good toss to win with the Sri Lankans losing 3 wickets cheaply inside the first half hour. But seeing as they've managed to do it again on a flat deck on Day 3 then I fear we're just looking at a complete mismatch here.

NZ should be second in the rankings by the end of this series, is that the highest they've ever achieved?
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I was thinking that it was a good toss to win with the Sri Lankans losing 3 wickets cheaply inside the first half hour. But seeing as they've managed to do it again on a flat deck on Day 3 then I fear we're just looking at a complete mismatch here.

NZ should be second in the rankings by the end of this series, is that the highest they've ever achieved?
They are probably only a decent spinner away from being the most balanced side going. Batting looks very strong these days, and the three main quicks are a good as any out there.
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They are probably only a decent spinner away from being the most balanced side going. Batting looks very strong these days, and the three main quicks are a good as any out there.
Possibly, although the two openers were under a lot of pressure coming into this series. Great effort by Latham, but he and Raval remain susceptible to a better pace attack.

Totally agree about the rest, a really nice balance to the team.
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The Big Man was out of form as well. Not convinced he's a Test match player, though he's certainly performed well with his talents. Reasonable options to cover for CdeG though, if Anderson can get fit and if Neesham can find his form again (seems to be playing well for Wellington since moving from Otago).

Otherwise, Santner provides the Vettori-esque non-spinning spinners and lower-middle order batting.
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