February 21, 2014

'The goldenest of golden summers'

The team basks in the glory of a sensational season, capped by McCullum's 300, and Dylan Cleaver waxes lyrical about Martin Crowe's latest article in the Book Nook
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The team basks in the glory of a sensational season, capped by McCullum's 300, and Dylan Cleaver waxes lyrical about Martin Crowe's latest article in the Book Nook.

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  • on February 24, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Wow Truthfinder, clearly have no idea about the game of cricket. I am actually angry at myself for even responding to remarks of such little value. Even if you grant the pitch had become a life less deck 300's aren't just something that happen, let alone the circumstances they were scored under. When mccullum took guard the game was in the bag for India and even if 300 doesn't impress you the amount of time he spent at the crease to insure NZ's safety and series win was phenomenal. Oh and yeah you forgot to mention that he did this on the back of a double ton the previous test 1 of only 3 international test bastmen to do so. We need to take our hats off not only to the players but also the staff around them, the side is definitely headed in the right direction.

  • Murupara_madness on February 24, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    @ truthfinder - "beaten comprehensively home and away"? We drew the home (NZ) series? And England were very lucky to get away with that. Interestingly, Mccullum averaged 60 + in this series so I'm guessing he must have scored "20 or 30 against anderson and broad" at some stage.

  • on February 23, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    @Truthfinder Sore pommie, aren't we mate?

  • bwnz on February 23, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Truthfinder you're obviously a negative Brendan McCullum basher who's had to shut up over the past few weeks and finally can't hold it in any longer. As one of many long suffering new zealand fans this has been an amazing summer regardless of opposition. And the opposition (in India) happens to be the No. 2 test team. So while you may get pleasure out of your trolling, you're so far from the mark. Not to mention laughable. I'd suggest you try another sport.

  • dogandbone on February 23, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    truthfinder you failed to add neither touring team could catch...had they been able to do that the golden summer could have turned into a complete shambles....but then there is a world cup to be played next year and tickets to sell!!!!

  • StevieS on February 23, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Well McCullum averaged 40 during the 5 tests last season V England in the test series and 56 in the 7 ODI's. truth, seek it

  • StevieS on February 23, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    truthfinder "NZ were beaten comprehensively at home & away against England last year", you what? England won the ODI series in New Zealand and luckly drew the test series, New Zealand was obviously the better team and if it wasn't for a dodgy bail, they would of won the series. In England NZ murdered England in the ODI series and got trashed in the Test series. You need to seek out some truth.

  • on February 23, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Any 300 is astonishing, some here have little cricket knowledge. Truthfinder says that so many players have scorec freely againt India, citing Ponting, Clarke and Cook. The first two are amongst the finest players of their generation and Cook is no slouch, so McCallum is indeed in exalted company. And of course Andersons batting has been extraordinary for an all rounder. Along with another Kiwi all rounder Stokes who in one of his first games took six wickets and I think eighty odd runs. NZ has currently the two best all rounders in the game

  • truthfinder on February 23, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Gagg & Batmanian NZ were beaten comprehensively at home & away against England last year. Many of your fellow countrymen demands McCulum should be dropped from the team and this summer after scoring couple of 200s & 300s against insipid bowling you are claiming it GOLDEN SUMMER. I doubt it he could score even 20 or 30 against Anderson & Broad let alone Johnson and Steyn. Be level headed and estimate teams properly.

  • StevieS on February 22, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    truthfinder pretty sure they would beat England at home at the moment. They should have done last season and they are better now and England are worse. We drew the test series in Australia the last time we played them.

  • on February 24, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Wow Truthfinder, clearly have no idea about the game of cricket. I am actually angry at myself for even responding to remarks of such little value. Even if you grant the pitch had become a life less deck 300's aren't just something that happen, let alone the circumstances they were scored under. When mccullum took guard the game was in the bag for India and even if 300 doesn't impress you the amount of time he spent at the crease to insure NZ's safety and series win was phenomenal. Oh and yeah you forgot to mention that he did this on the back of a double ton the previous test 1 of only 3 international test bastmen to do so. We need to take our hats off not only to the players but also the staff around them, the side is definitely headed in the right direction.

  • Murupara_madness on February 24, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    @ truthfinder - "beaten comprehensively home and away"? We drew the home (NZ) series? And England were very lucky to get away with that. Interestingly, Mccullum averaged 60 + in this series so I'm guessing he must have scored "20 or 30 against anderson and broad" at some stage.

  • on February 23, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    @Truthfinder Sore pommie, aren't we mate?

  • bwnz on February 23, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Truthfinder you're obviously a negative Brendan McCullum basher who's had to shut up over the past few weeks and finally can't hold it in any longer. As one of many long suffering new zealand fans this has been an amazing summer regardless of opposition. And the opposition (in India) happens to be the No. 2 test team. So while you may get pleasure out of your trolling, you're so far from the mark. Not to mention laughable. I'd suggest you try another sport.

  • dogandbone on February 23, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    truthfinder you failed to add neither touring team could catch...had they been able to do that the golden summer could have turned into a complete shambles....but then there is a world cup to be played next year and tickets to sell!!!!

  • StevieS on February 23, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Well McCullum averaged 40 during the 5 tests last season V England in the test series and 56 in the 7 ODI's. truth, seek it

  • StevieS on February 23, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    truthfinder "NZ were beaten comprehensively at home & away against England last year", you what? England won the ODI series in New Zealand and luckly drew the test series, New Zealand was obviously the better team and if it wasn't for a dodgy bail, they would of won the series. In England NZ murdered England in the ODI series and got trashed in the Test series. You need to seek out some truth.

  • on February 23, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Any 300 is astonishing, some here have little cricket knowledge. Truthfinder says that so many players have scorec freely againt India, citing Ponting, Clarke and Cook. The first two are amongst the finest players of their generation and Cook is no slouch, so McCallum is indeed in exalted company. And of course Andersons batting has been extraordinary for an all rounder. Along with another Kiwi all rounder Stokes who in one of his first games took six wickets and I think eighty odd runs. NZ has currently the two best all rounders in the game

  • truthfinder on February 23, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Gagg & Batmanian NZ were beaten comprehensively at home & away against England last year. Many of your fellow countrymen demands McCulum should be dropped from the team and this summer after scoring couple of 200s & 300s against insipid bowling you are claiming it GOLDEN SUMMER. I doubt it he could score even 20 or 30 against Anderson & Broad let alone Johnson and Steyn. Be level headed and estimate teams properly.

  • StevieS on February 22, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    truthfinder pretty sure they would beat England at home at the moment. They should have done last season and they are better now and England are worse. We drew the test series in Australia the last time we played them.

  • on February 22, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    considering the opposition its may not be a very hard job to score 300 but considering the situation , i mean 94 for 5 you have to appreciate this.

  • Batmanian on February 22, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    Truthfinder, McCullum's 300 (and others in the lower middle order standing up) was the difference between NZ handing over a drawn series after having done so well to get into the lead, and their glorious series victory. Sure, the deck was unchallenging, but how NZ would it have been that they threw it all away even on a lifeless pitch against a shonky attack?

  • truthfinder on February 21, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Big nonsense about all these shouting for GOLDEN SUMMER!!. They beat two of the worst bowling sides in the world WI & India. Both are miserable in their fast bowling reserve especially India. Had then been able to beat England/Australia/South Africa they could have claimed for golden summer. In last few years there are so many players scored 300 against India (Clark, Cook almost-- 294) and plethora of 200s when the players completely out of form!!. Ponting scored 200 against India when he was on his last lap of his carier could not even scored a 50 against any other team!!. McCulum's 300 has hardly any value against such a worthless bowling unit.

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  • truthfinder on February 21, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Big nonsense about all these shouting for GOLDEN SUMMER!!. They beat two of the worst bowling sides in the world WI & India. Both are miserable in their fast bowling reserve especially India. Had then been able to beat England/Australia/South Africa they could have claimed for golden summer. In last few years there are so many players scored 300 against India (Clark, Cook almost-- 294) and plethora of 200s when the players completely out of form!!. Ponting scored 200 against India when he was on his last lap of his carier could not even scored a 50 against any other team!!. McCulum's 300 has hardly any value against such a worthless bowling unit.

  • Batmanian on February 22, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    Truthfinder, McCullum's 300 (and others in the lower middle order standing up) was the difference between NZ handing over a drawn series after having done so well to get into the lead, and their glorious series victory. Sure, the deck was unchallenging, but how NZ would it have been that they threw it all away even on a lifeless pitch against a shonky attack?

  • on February 22, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    considering the opposition its may not be a very hard job to score 300 but considering the situation , i mean 94 for 5 you have to appreciate this.

  • StevieS on February 22, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    truthfinder pretty sure they would beat England at home at the moment. They should have done last season and they are better now and England are worse. We drew the test series in Australia the last time we played them.

  • truthfinder on February 23, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Gagg & Batmanian NZ were beaten comprehensively at home & away against England last year. Many of your fellow countrymen demands McCulum should be dropped from the team and this summer after scoring couple of 200s & 300s against insipid bowling you are claiming it GOLDEN SUMMER. I doubt it he could score even 20 or 30 against Anderson & Broad let alone Johnson and Steyn. Be level headed and estimate teams properly.

  • on February 23, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Any 300 is astonishing, some here have little cricket knowledge. Truthfinder says that so many players have scorec freely againt India, citing Ponting, Clarke and Cook. The first two are amongst the finest players of their generation and Cook is no slouch, so McCallum is indeed in exalted company. And of course Andersons batting has been extraordinary for an all rounder. Along with another Kiwi all rounder Stokes who in one of his first games took six wickets and I think eighty odd runs. NZ has currently the two best all rounders in the game

  • StevieS on February 23, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    truthfinder "NZ were beaten comprehensively at home & away against England last year", you what? England won the ODI series in New Zealand and luckly drew the test series, New Zealand was obviously the better team and if it wasn't for a dodgy bail, they would of won the series. In England NZ murdered England in the ODI series and got trashed in the Test series. You need to seek out some truth.

  • StevieS on February 23, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Well McCullum averaged 40 during the 5 tests last season V England in the test series and 56 in the 7 ODI's. truth, seek it

  • dogandbone on February 23, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    truthfinder you failed to add neither touring team could catch...had they been able to do that the golden summer could have turned into a complete shambles....but then there is a world cup to be played next year and tickets to sell!!!!

  • bwnz on February 23, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Truthfinder you're obviously a negative Brendan McCullum basher who's had to shut up over the past few weeks and finally can't hold it in any longer. As one of many long suffering new zealand fans this has been an amazing summer regardless of opposition. And the opposition (in India) happens to be the No. 2 test team. So while you may get pleasure out of your trolling, you're so far from the mark. Not to mention laughable. I'd suggest you try another sport.