June 13, 2008

New Zealand cricket

Best XI's and best innings

Nishi Narayanan

The one-day series between England and New Zealand begins on Sunday and Paul Holden has come up with each team's best-performed XI based purely on averages over the past two years. He writes in his blog the Sideline Slogger.

Meanwhile Hamish McDouall goes to the Tests and comes up with his three favourite New innings by New Zealand batsmen down the years:

Mark Burgess batting at Dacca in 1970. Ugly conditions, rabid crowd, but Burgess worked with the tail to secure the draw, and our only series win in Pakistan.

Nathan Astle scoring a century and then a fifty in 2003 against India. He arrived at the crease with the Black Caps 17 for 3 in the first innings, and hit a century to avoid the follow-on.

And the greatest defensive innings of all time. Mark Greatbatch, eleven hours, four Australian legends with the ball, the WACA.

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