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Old 26th December 2020, 04:38   #1
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New Zealand v Pakistan

No thread yet for this much awaited blockbuster test series so I thought I would start one.

Williamson once again rescuing NZ from a poor start with the help of Taylor.

With Kohli quitting the Aus v India test series and Smith struggling for runs I think it's safe to say that Williamson is the best batsman in the world right now.
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Old 26th December 2020, 09:59   #2
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No thread yet for this much awaited blockbuster test series so I thought I would start one.

Williamson once again rescuing NZ from a poor start with the help of Taylor.

With Kohli quitting the Aus v India test series and Smith struggling for runs I think it's safe to say that Williamson is the best batsman in the world right now.
Think Kane may be rated no.1 test bat in the world after this. Shame Kiwi's don't play more cricket, he would have racked up 40 tons otherwise.
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Old 26th December 2020, 10:34   #3
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I would back Williamson to beat Smith for runs scored if Australia are ever brave enough to play a test series in NZ.

Would be interesting to see how Smith copes with the NZ test pitches in Hamilton and Wellington, I think he might struggle.
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Old 26th December 2020, 10:45   #4
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I would back Williamson to beat Smith for runs scored if Australia are ever brave enough to play a test series in NZ.

Would be interesting to see how Smith copes with the NZ test pitches in Hamilton and Wellington, I think he might struggle.
Kane averaged 14 in his most recent series against Australia's bowlers and I think Smith averages something like 150 in NZ so maybe it'll be more competitive than you think For whatever reason, Kiwi's just wilt against Australia. Do agree given the proximity of the countries we should be touring New Zealand and vice versa every 2 years, and really build the rivalry.
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Old 27th December 2020, 00:38   #5
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NZ 301/5 at lunch with Williamson out for 129, hopefully the lower order can get them past 400.

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Kane averaged 14 in his most recent series against Australia's bowlers and I think Smith averages something like 150 in NZ so maybe it'll be more competitive than you think For whatever reason, Kiwi's just wilt against Australia. Do agree given the proximity of the countries we should be touring New Zealand and vice versa every 2 years, and really build the rivalry.
The last test series Australia played in NZ was almost 5 years ago so they are overdue for another test series there.
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Old 27th December 2020, 03:48   #6
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A good innings of 73 from Watling with some help from the tail has got NZ's score over 400.

Could be a tough time for Pakistan when they are sent in to bat late in the day.
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Old 27th December 2020, 11:07   #7
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With the restrictions on travel, and 2 countries with very strict controls, it would make sense to play against each other. But the new fangled Test championship / league might prevent them doing so
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Old 28th December 2020, 01:31   #8
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Shaping up as another one sided test series with Pakistan struggling at 70/5 off 52 overs.
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Old 28th December 2020, 07:10   #9
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A good partnership from Rizwan and Ashraf getting Pakistan up to a respectable total of 239, still a big first innings lead to NZ though.
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Good display of strokeplay from Naheem to pass the follow on total.
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The Pakistan top order struggling again chasing a target of 373, an NZ win looking likely some time tomorrow if they don't wrap it up tonight.
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Pak might go for an unlikely victory here. Need just under 5 runs an over with 6 wicket still in hand. Tough ask but if they don't lose any further wickets they might as well have a bite at it.
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Think I jinxed. Will put the breaks on completely now.
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New Zealand winning and probably sealing that spot for the WTC finals.
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Old 30th December 2020, 06:02   #16
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A close exciting finish in the end with Pakistan almost holding on for a draw, at tea with Rizwan and Fawad still there a Pakistan win was even a chance.

That win for NZ takes them to no,1 in the test rankings which is a bit surprising given how poor they were against Australia last summer, I'll take it though.
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A close exciting finish in the end with Pakistan almost holding on for a draw, at tea with Rizwan and Fawad still there a Pakistan win was even a chance.

That win for NZ takes them to no,1 in the test rankings which is a bit surprising given how poor they were against Australia last summer, I'll take it though.
As mentioned elsewhere, if most teams played 11 out of their last 14 series at home, and they were only 2 match series at that, I reckon they'd all have a chance of being number 1.

Why do they play so little cricket outside NZ? Does no one want to entertain them? Are they simply not money spinners?
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As mentioned elsewhere, if most teams played 11 out of their last 14 series at home, and they were only 2 match series at that, I reckon they'd all have a chance of being number 1.

Why do they play so little cricket outside NZ? Does no one want to entertain them? Are they simply not money spinners?
I think the money part is the big issue, especially with test matches. England hasn't played them here since the very entertaining mini-series back in 2015 yet have been over there twice and lost 1-0 twice.
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I think the money part is the big issue, especially with test matches. England hasn't played them here since the very entertaining mini-series back in 2015 yet have been over there twice and lost 1-0 twice.
I can't imagine they draw the crowds in test cricket. Even putting aside the fact they're the smallest test nation, they're also the dullest.
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Excellent days cricket. Full marks to both sides, N.Z. for never giving up, and Pakistan for their fine fighting attempt to bat the day out.
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