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This New Zealander certainly is! Such was the tension earlier, I almost envied my NZ relatives their sleep. I wasn't able to look away from the ball-by-ball updates on cricinfo all day; now home from work and able to watch it on TV, it's even worse. Yet Kane Williamson looks as calm as can be.

This has been a terrific test match. The bowling by both sides has been outstanding - as has most of the fielding (as I write, a catch in the slips has been spilled). A game for neutrals, for sure. For New Zealanders, however, this is special. After the humiliation of 2015 and the heartbreak of 2019, this NZ team is on the cusp of victory.
 
Tim Paine (the current Australian captain, for those of you who haven't heard of him) has turned out to be not a great pundit.

"Paine said Virat Kohli’s India will win ‘comfortably’ if they play ‘anywhere near their best’ against New Zealand in the WTC final,"
 
Tim Paine (the current Australian captain, for those of you who haven't heard of him) has turned out to be not a great pundit.

"Paine said Virat Kohli’s India will win ‘comfortably’ if they play ‘anywhere near their best’ against New Zealand in the WTC final,"
Was he not correct in his punditry then Kevin? Did they play somewhere near their best?
 
Was he not correct in his punditry then Kevin? Did they play somewhere near their best?
I think they possibly did play to their abilities. The opposition bowling was just too good for them. Obviously not ideal conditions for an Indian team, but Paine did know where the game was being played when he made his prediction.

What are your thoughts on India v England?
 
I’d be surprised to say the least if they troubled England.

Their fast bowling attack is not especially suited to English conditions and think that will play into the hands of an otherwise pretty fragile England batting line up. They have pace, but not the ability to swing the ball, as they are all pretty much hit the pitch bowlers. Assuming either or both of Broad and Anderson play and the weather stays something like it‘s been for the past few months the Indian’s inexperience batting in swinging conditions will count heavily against them. Expect plenty of slip catches and some big names returning some pretty low scores.

The only wild cards for me are Ashwin who may prey on the English inability to play any sort of spin, how Pant continues to develop and from the English perspective the possible return of Stokes who is comfortably England’s best player and who changes the balance of the team positively.
 
If England needs a proper white ball match there is a full team of NZ white ball players plying their trade in the UK at the moment. Allen, Conway, Williamson, Phillips, Mitchell, De Grandhomme, Neesham, Jamieson, Sodhi, Fergusson and Milne. All doing pretty well, other than Williamson who appears to be injured.

That's a pretty good line up to be able to pull out of domestic teams. Fills every batting position as well. Amazing when you think hardly any of them get a go in the IPL, whereas they love paying big money for obscure and out of form Aussies.

It is a worry though how many countries seem to be pretty weak at the moment.

And further to Jasper's comment, Australia in their heyday when they used to have an annual ODI tri series once went with two Aussie teams and one visiting team. When the two Aussie teams made the final they cunningly removed some players from the B team for dubious reasons, notably Paul Reiffel, to save any chance of embarrassment.
 
40 years. Lest we ever forget.


There was a very good article in the Sunday Times on the anniversary of the series with a good piece on Brearley plus the contributions of the squad to the series win. The most unsung hero of Headingley was perhaps the late Graeme Dilley. We will remember them!
 
Sadder news though is the passing of the wonderful sage of Longparish, John Woodcock. Probably the last man alive whose grandfather was born before the battle of Waterloo
Gosh. We’ve got a family friend (99) whose grandfather fought in the Crimean War, so born late 1830s at a guess. Quite a stretch to get back another almost another twenty years.
 
Well the good news is that Hampshire look to be easing past a modest Worcestershire total in the esteemed Royal London One Day Cup. Meanwhile, at Trent Bridge.....

I'm struggling to see why Lawrence is in the squad and also Sibley. I'd like to see Haseeb Hameed get a call up. With Middlesex not performing too well as of late, and England not looking far from fantastic today it really has been a painful few months of cricket.
 
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