South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 3rd day

New Zealand's problems start at the top

Martin Guptill has not had success as a Test opener and Brendon McCullum is not playing his natural game at the top. New Zealand must look at other options

Firdose Moonda in Port Elizabeth

January 13, 2013

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BJ Watling punches off the back foot, South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 3rd day, January 13, 2013
BJ Watling has been one of New Zealand's leading batsmen in South Africa © Associated Press
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A good rebuilding job can only be done if it starts with the foundation, which is the lesson New Zealand should take with them as their Test side leaves South Africa. Their all-round woefulness in the series is a symptom of the trouble at the top and the opening combination should be the first to be examined.

By New Zealand's own admission, the current pair is not what they planned on. On the eve of the series, Martin Guptill was due to open with Peter Fulton, who was then ruled out because of a recurrence of a knee injury. Fulton did not have a great record either but he had been recalled and not having him forced changes to the plan. Brendon McCullum to promoted himself to open, and in so doing he had to fundamentally change his own approach.

McCullum is an aggressive player and wanted to infuse that belligerence into his troops. He arrived in South Africa and talked about playing positively, not asking his team to cower to the notion that they were underdogs. That did not work in the tour opener - the first Twenty20 - when New Zealand's enthusiasm to show intent had the same result as a kettle that is boiling over.

McCullum acknowledged New Zealand had showed no sense of judgement and they returned with a better idea of how to apply the attacking mindset in the following match. The same can be said of their efforts in both Tests.

Watling enjoys tough conditions

  • For the third time in the series, BJ Watling led New Zealand's rearguard action and although it was tough he relished the battle. "There's no place you would rather be than when you are out there against the best. It was great fun," he said. "I am learning every time and this is a great place to learn."
  • There has been talk that he should move back up the order after Martin Guptill's problems, but Watling is happy anywhere. "I haven't really adjusted too much from batting at the top order to in the middle. Certain situations can change the way you play. This morning was more trying to score a few runs and now it is trying to soak it up a bit more, defend bit. I don't have any preference where I bat. I would love to open the batting but I am quite enjoying batting in the middle order. There was no suggestion of me opening in the second innings. We've got trust in Guppy and he batted really well. "

  • Watling gained praise from Dale Steyn for his resilience. "He is a good player and he doesn't want to give his wicket away," he said. "He is a typical wicket-keeper batsman and he reminds me a bit of somebody like Mark Boucher. He is a very gutsy player. He left well, although he hasn't taken on the short ball, he has just ducked so I waste my energy bowling short balls to him."

New Zealand's first innings in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth were implosions caused by poor shot selection and being overawed by pace, but they staged competent comebacks in the second innings. At this level, that is just not good enough. Matches don't start in the second dig and McCullum was one of the first to say so.

He made attempts to lead by example, reining in his own game so severely that those who have covered his career since its beginnings say this is the most restrained they have ever seen him bat. They were correct because in this Test match McCullum was at his most reserved. His innings in this match are the slowest and second slowest of his career in terms of strike rate. The 13 in the first innings took 97 minutes and 61 balls while his 11 in the second took 88 minutes and 57 deliveries.

Like a Test opener should, McCullum saw off the fast bowlers and the new ball. Like a Test opener should not, he went on to be dismissed by the spinner three times in four innings this series. McCullum had called Robin Peterson "innocuous," perhaps in his attempt to disguise his own issues against left-arm spin. In six of his last eight innings, he has been dismissed by a left-arm spinner. They have also accounted for his wicket almost a quarter (22%) of the time even though those bowlers have only bowled a sixth of the overs (17%) to him.

As the new Kevin Pietersen, in terms of that particular weakness, McCullum will have to make some technical adjustments to his game such as being able to pick the straight one, but the wider concern is that he is actually better suited to the middle order. Even though he averages slightly higher as an opener, 35.77 compared to 35.12, those numbers are inflated by the double-century against India. Moreover, New Zealand would want their two best batsmen, when Ross Taylor is back, in the No.3 and 4 positions, similar to what South Africa have in Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis. And if Jesse Ryder returns, that middle order will be stronger.

McCullum's style of play seemed suited to opening when he first moved there in that India series in 2010. On the evidence of recent performances, he may be better suited to the middle order, which will leave New Zealand still searching for an opener.

Martin Guptill's 48 should not be considered a redemption and although it will be used as a reason to keep him in the XI, they should still cast the net wider as they search for other options. Guptill has only scored a half-century once in his last ten Test innings and his problem of nicking off has not been solved. He also struggles against swing, which leaves him fending balls awkwardly and getting edges.

Even in this innings, he started by taking his eyes off a Dale Steyn bouncer and nearly gloved it to the wicketkeeper. Guptill's drive is still impeccable and he grew in confidence as the innings wore on. The ball that dismissed him was a seaming delivery that came back in to him and it would be unfair to judge him on that alone.

Overall though, Guptill has not done his job. Kane Williamson has had 18 innings at No. 3 in Test cricket and only five times has he been able to walk to the crease with the score over 40. Acting as an opener has restricted Williamson's development as the anchor of the batting line-up, which is how New Zealand see him. Arguably New Zealand's most talented young batsman, Williamson should be better nurtured and Guptill's poor form isn't helping with that.

So where do New Zealand turn? The answer may actually lie lower down where BJ Watling has showed guts and guile. A bonus is that he is an opening batsman who has played the role in Tests before. When he made his debut against Pakistan, Watling was picked as top-two player. Now, he is the designated wicketkeeper and so he may have to give up that responsibility to face the new ball.

In New Zealand's current situation, having Watling open the batting would not be the worst call. In all three innings in which he has shown fight on this tour, Watling has been strong with the cut and drive. Today, he also showed astute decision-making skills in taking risks, especially against the best bowler of the day, Dale Steyn, who Watling did not hit for a single boundary.

He also did a fine job ushering the tail through the latter parts of the first innings. Watling allowed Trent Boult time to settle in and then trusted him to hold his own as the two put on the highest partnership of the innings.

Of the current line-up, Watling seems to have the most secure and fearless mindset and he has combined control with class. All those sounds like the qualities of an opening batmen, don't they? If only New Zealand had two of him.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by ifeel on (January 14, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

'New Zealand's problems start at the top' go to the bottom, swing sideways and are historical.

NZ cricket team is the level of Zimbabwe or Bangladesh except with a heightened sense of their own ability. That they have a cricket administration that makes Pakistan Cricket Board appear a model of competence just adds to their woes. The ICC should split the Test team into two groups: Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, New Zealand and perhaps West Indies (sadly) and the rest.

Posted by bonobo on (January 14, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

everyone is making glib comments about McCullum. Look at the statistics, he has scored more runs at the top of the order than in the middle order, his average as an opener is around 35, which whilst not world class, for New Zealand right now, is certainly above par. But the top 3 is the biggest weakness. There seems to very little comment about Kane Williamson batting at 3. He is a talented young player and has done particularly well against spin, but has shown his technique is not so strong against quality seam bowling, so why this obsession that he should be a top 3 player. Brownlie has looked something of the reverse, strong against pace, struggling against spin, but has always batted lower down the order. Whilst I dont think it is ideal, Taylor is clearly going to be happier in the middle order, I think NZE need to get their best players in as early as possible and prevent these collapeses. I would go 3,4,5 Taylor, Brownlie, Williamson...and I like the look of Watling as an opener

Posted by edgie on (January 14, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

@Gagg , the problem is that of the 4 players u mentioned wer not in the squad to SA, only 2 of them are due to injury. The other two, either poor management, or poor mentoring. That already menas that there is something wrong with the strcutures in place at NZC, specailly with it's management. And when ur best batsman refuses to tour because of poor communication, then I am sorry, no team is going to be better, even when does come back in, because it does not mean it will not happen again UNLESS the structure and management are also look at.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

Guptill,Watling,Taylor,Williamson, Carl Cachopa,McCullum,Ryder,Brownlie,Munro,Ronchi, Southee,Bracewell,Vettori,Boult,McClenaghan,Milne,Wagner

Out of these 18 players there is a decent XI to take on England and win a home series this summer. NZC selectors need to get it right. Taylor and Ryder must make themselves available to bring some pride back to New Zealand cricket which was absolutely pulverised in South Africa. If they refuse, them let them chase the riches of T20 cricket and stop wasting NZ fans time. Give Taylor back the captaincy, make John Buchanan the coach.

My first XI

Carl Cachopa Watling Taylor Brownlie Ryder McCullum Vettori Bracewell Wagner Southee Boult

Posted by ReubenMitchell on (January 14, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

Yes NZ came to SA without some of their best players available, however all this shows is how very small the pool of talent is to choose from. As a dedicated and constantly disappointed NZ supporter, we are just not up to international class at the moment. The chaos in the selection room doesn't help either.

Posted by drnaveed on (January 14, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

totally agree that NZ main problem starts at the top, especially the top 3 batsmen are not scoring runs .in the one dayers, the NZ commentator was constantly saying that maccullum should come at the top of the order ,instead of number 3 position. i think , early he comes , early he goes , he should come late in the innings , he has not done much at the top of the order , except for few dynamic innings in the one days , but one needs consistency , which i am afraid is lacking in the NZ players at the moment. they need someone like glenn turner............

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (January 14, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

@Gagg That's a basic problem, but it's like England with Michael Vaughan and Andrew Flintoff: it made a huge difference when they were there, but they were increasingly rarely and, finally, you just have to move on. It's rarely good for morale when a player feels that he is just keeping a seat warm for someone else who will be back some time and wouldn't be there if "X" were available. One issue that we heard a lot about a few months ago was the danger that as the New Zealand tour of England coincides with the IPL, that New Zealand might have to send a shadow side: is that threat still there? One basic issue though is to get the best out of the available talent. James Franklin had a period with Gloucestershire and he showed that he does have plenty of talent: why can't he do it when he puts on a black cap? Why can't New Zealand seem to play the same bowling attack two matches running? Who do so many players have problems with the New Zealand Board?

Posted by Sanj747 on (January 14, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

McCullum is not good enough to play test cricket let alone be captain. Issues with the coach need to brought up and changes made. 3 in the hot seat - Hesson, Buchanan and McCullum and probably Littlejohn. Give me the job and I'll sort this lot out.

Posted by StevieS on (January 14, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

Thamsanqa Tshuma you do realise New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in the last test that was also played in Sri Lanka and they were also thrashed in the test series V Australia. Sorry to burst your bubble but Sri Lanka would be in the same pool.

Posted by StevieS on (January 14, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

I am not to warried, you have to remember our top 4 players ain't even there for various reasons. Add Taylor, Ryder, Southee and Vettori to the team and it makes a hugh difference.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

Maybe New Zealand could play in the Australian Futures League against the ACT and all of the bush teams. After a few years if they got a little bit stronger they could graduate to playing in the women's state comp. Then, after they'd been belted by the NSW Breakers a few times they would have earned their stripes and could maybe become a franchise in the Big Bash League. I fear Sheffield Shield cricket may be just a little bit too strong for them though.

Posted by Glenn10 on (January 14, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

This debacle of a tour has done one thing - its exposed long rooted problems. Gone - Guptil, (maybe not forever), Flynn, (out of his depth), Franklin, (worst alrounder in world cricket), Patel, (hasn't the skill or ticker) and Wagner, (yet again has proved he's not up to test standard). Thats half the team - no wonder we are dead ducks. Not sure about Munro - he's got today. Watling must open, Ronchi should come in to keep. McCullum needs to attack. It appears if he gets out attacking he's worried he will cop some heat. Williamson has true talent and Brownlie's done enough. Ryder has said he's not available to play England, so I won't waste words, but it looks promising. My team to play England: Watling, McCullum, Williamson, Taylor, Brownlie, Ronchi, Vettori, Southee, Boult, Bracewell, Milne. No doubt it'll change. Vettori, if fit, gives balance with the bat so we can play 4 seamers, but one of them has to be Fast. There's plenty of time between now and March for things to change

Posted by quittthewhinging on (January 14, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

Poor old McCallum, he really does get roasted here. He really is an ODI/T20 type of batsman but at least he stands up & gets counted. He reminds me of (although much better than) Albie Morkel; never lives up to other peoples' expectations. And, I'm sorry, Taylor is a good batsman but he too is inconsistent; no matter what happened before the tour he should have swallowed his pride & put the team first. And from the little I've seen of him on TV, he ain't no great shakes as a captain either. Well liked by the players, I'm sure, but he should be prepared to get tough with them like Graeme Smith. No smiling when they give away 4 runs on the boundary, for instance. I'm sure cooler heads will prevail & the best players will now be selected against England but what NZ needs most of all in my opinion is a solid core of 6/7 players who are identified & persevered with. It will take a few seasons I'm afraid.

Posted by sammyoneboy on (January 14, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

Dear Thamsanqa Tshuma. My friend, you have a short memory. The kiwis recently won a test match in Sri Lanka. And if I'm not mistaken, one in Australia too (which Sri Lanka couldn't manage - as much as I'd wish they had!). Admittedly, when NZ are bad, they're really bad. But mostly they are VERY inconsistent. Maybe, Ryder, Taylor, Vettori and Southee might make a difference. But if you take the best three or four players from any side and play South Africa without them, your chances will be seriously diminished. However, don't get me started on that coach!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

Can NZ wait till Brendom will fire in batting?? When that will happen?? Brendon is a classic case like Afridi,,like Pollard,,,like Ganbhir,,,Sehwag,,,these are all highly rated batsment,, but they never fire,,,

Posted by bamp on (January 14, 2013, 5:58 GMT)

Thamsanqa Tshuma Are you serious? SL and India are nowhere near england, Aus or SA. India just lost home and away sereis against england, and SL just couldn't play in Australia and also lost home sereis in 2011. the only team from subcontinent that has chance against them is Pakistan at the moment. Also the Kiwi team recently beat SL in SL recently.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

@Thamsanqa Tshuma That's a good idea, but needs one adjustment. India needs to be in the lower group.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

The issue is with captancy,,, they have poor skipper,,, McCullum is poor as skipper and as batsman,,,he can not drive,,,,days of Flemming are over,,,, As a batsman he can not provide a fighting spirit to his team,,,

Posted by Rhys.C on (January 14, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

Would love to see BJ opening the batting vs. England. Until NZ find a batter capable of opening in international cricket, McCullum has to stay at the top. Watling, McCullum, Williamson, Taylor, Ryder, Brownlie, Ronchi, Vettori, Southee, Boult, Bracewell/Wagner; a team that could compete at the highest level.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

I think ICC should consider a league for New Zealand, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and the West Indies. The kiwis are inept. They deserve to hone their skills at a lower level. SA, Oz, India, England, Sri Lanka are way above the Kiwis. There are starving us of entertainment

Posted by bliksempie on (January 14, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

They need to bring Jesse Ryder back immediately. Strong teams can afford to leave out troublesome personalities like Kevin Pietersen, but weaker ones cannot. At this rate, there will be no NZ cricket left by the time they decide he's paid his dues. With players like Taylor, Ryder and Vettori back in the team, NZ cricket looks a lot healthier.

Posted by jimbond on (January 14, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

McCullum is certainly not 'one' of the 'two best batsmen in the side. The two best batsmen are Taylor and Williamson. If Watling plays as a wicketkeeper, I dont even see McCullum making the test team as a specialist batsman. When Ryder and Vettori get back, the team should be decent. Guptill, Ronchi , Williamson, Taylor, Ryder, Vettori, Watling, Bracewell, Southee, Boult, Martin/Wagner- would pose a reasonable challenge to most other teams. NZCB should focus on keeping this team fit and motivated.

Posted by NonStriker on (January 14, 2013, 1:34 GMT)

... and in hindsight calling up Colin Munro to replace Fulton left them with nowhere to go at the top of the order. A recall for Van Wyk would have allowed flexibilty around Watling's role.

Posted by Jordanious77 on (January 14, 2013, 1:19 GMT)

I think Fulton is a good possible oppener in tests. I know he has bad test stats and seems to have struggled against quality opposition, but he has the ability to score slowely and break the new ball.

Another option is to open with vettori, call me crazy but all they need to do is block until the new ball dies? sure they need runs to build an opening partnership as well, but the main concern should be to bat out the day. Be able to occupy the crease.

Vettori used to open for Central Districts and his average is up there with the NZ openers anyway.

He could come in as a specialist opening batsman with the ability to slow down the run rate with the ball. We all know by now he wont take wickets, so his only use will be in his batting. And he HAS experience opening, so why not give him a shot? he's been shown to have good technique.

And if he IS a successful opener, it gives us the ability to play with an extra batsman down the order, something we NEED.

Posted by SameOld on (January 13, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

Yes, Watling should open. Happily, NZ will soon have the services of Luke Ronchi at their disposal, and he should walk into the side on current form. As for the other opener, the only option that hasn't been tried yet is Brownlie. Maybe that's worth a punt, but it makes for a big re-shuffle. I for one love seeing Baz blocking and leaving. Best case scenario for NZ is him finding the right mix of this approach and his natural aggression. It's long overdue, but better late than never.

Again, though, we are brought back to the failings of the administration. NZ's opening issues would be much more clear-cut if the middle order were settled. Taylor & Ryder should be 4 & 5 for every Test match. The fact that these two are not in the side right now is preposterous, and a ringing indictment of the management and admin. This is what I thought of when I read the headline to this article: The problems do indeed start at the top at NZC.

Posted by cheesemethod on (January 13, 2013, 22:14 GMT)

Its been NZs number one problem for a long time. NZ have a good list of number 4,5 and 6 batsmen but just can't produce consistant openers. We all thought Tim Macintosh would be our saviour but like with all experimental batsmen we try, a century is followed by a string of single digit dismissals. If you work with the current batsmen I would consider BJ up the top along with williamson or even brownlie. Mccullum my favourite batsman to watch, please drop yourself down, its nothing against your ability but you are a naturally aggressive player, we've seen you bat with the tail and you do a great job - you at 5 with gup at 4. Even though all the ICC tours are already set up for the next few years I would like to see NZ do a bangladesh test tour this year with at least 5 tests. NZ is not a superpower in the test world and needs to gain confidence and skill. This would also benefit Bangladesh. I guess we'll see after the English come.

Posted by RichDeGroen on (January 13, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

McCullum has to open. Thats what he wanted. he quit keeping to be a batsman, and the only spot he can command selection for is as an opener. He wanted to win matches for NZ at the top. We're all still waiting for that to happen but there's nowhere else for him to go. Taylor will be back at 4, Brownlie is an automatic pick now, Ryder waltzes back in any time he feels like it. The only other spot it at 3, and Williamson still deserves to be picked on potential. That game is up for McCullum now. He's shown what he's capable of. Not much. But he can be a minimally effective, somewhat serviceable opener, and thats his only option unless he wants to have a sulk and get his own way at the expense of the team. But he wouldn't do that would he?

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (January 13, 2013, 22:07 GMT)

Yes, New Zealand are poor. This side, riven by injury and issues with management, is very weak, but South Africa are proving irresistible. Even when they got into trouble against Australia, they rode out the blows and then floored their opponents. In this form, South Africa would beat much better opponents and they are not even fielding their strongest side.

Posted by RichDeGroen on (January 13, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

I agree that Watling is the best choice as our opener going into the England series - and he can play as a specialist opener if we select Ronchi to keep now that he his available. The TV commentaters were negative about that idea on air today but I think he looks the most compact, technical, and couragoues option we have at the moment. The problem is... how do we accomodate McCullum down the order? Taylor will be back at 4, Brownlie is an automatic choice after his performance on this tour, Ryder waltzes back in the moment he feels like it, and I think Williamson must be perservered with. I don't accept the excuse making in this article regarding McCullum. He simply doesn't have a test game worked out after 70+ tests. If he's not opening, he can't command a place in the side, so he's stuck there. Unless he manipulates the situation to get what he wants at the expense of the team's interests... but he wouldn't do that would he??

Posted by BenTanner on (January 13, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

As an England fan, the line-up I'd least to see facing us this year would be: 1 Watling 2 Fulton 3 McCullum 4 Taylor 5 Ryder 6 Williamson 7 Ronchi 8 Vettori 9 Southee 10 Wagner 11 Boult ...but I suspect that isn't going to happen any time soon, thankfully! NZC is seemingly so badly run at the moment, there'll be Flynn and Munro for sure, plus a couple of names picked seemingly at random from the Plunkett Shield averages.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

Split wicketkeeping between Watling and McCullum? I think its probably time to bring back Ryder and Taylor. The slide, if not arrested now, will bring out the worst results for NZ cricket and its fans.

Posted by bharath74 on (January 13, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

Right when NZC was getting better they changed the captain and they are back to square 1

Posted by z0mbiezom on (January 13, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

NZL need to push McCullum back to no. 5 and let him keep. If the top 3 can see off the first 20-30 overs - it really sets a platform for a middle order of taylor, ryder, and mccullum.

my XI would be: Watling, Guptill, Williamson, Taylor, McCullum Ryder, Brownlee, Southee, Bracewell, Boult, Patel/Martin

Unfortunately no one but Guptill is good enough to open at this stage - perhaps Flynn, but there are few substitutes in domestic cricket. If Vettori is fit he would be my no.7 with an extra seamer

Posted by sasi on (January 13, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

NZ line up Walting, Ryder, Mc cullam, Tyalor, Williamson, Browline, Ronchi, Vetori, Bracewell, Southee, Wagner/Boult.

this is pretty good actual, maybe useful is the word better than india

Posted by mrwolverine on (January 13, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

Why doesn't NZ get Luke Ronchi into the side??? Isn't he legal to play for NZ now???? Guptil & BJ opening... 3. Kane Williamson 4. Ross Taylor 5. Jesse Ryder/Dean Browlie/Brendon Mcclum 6. Luke Ronchi 7.Daniel Vettori 8. Tim Southee 9. Doug Bracewell 10. Trent Boult 11. Mitchell McClenaghan ...the ingredients are staring right in front of them. They just need the right mix. I'm an Indian supporter and its sad to see NZ like this. Personally I don't see Brendon Mccullum as a test Player at all. Esepcially with that sub standard average after playing for many years.

Posted by markthespark on (January 13, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

As of yesterday Luke Ronchi is available to play for NZ. Perhaps he comes in for Flynn and Watling goes into open. Ronchi is easily better with the gloves than Watling too, not that he's done badly. Taylor comes back for Munro, Brownlee goes to 5. If Watling opens then who partners him though: McCullum or Guptill? Or neither?

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

Instead of looking for the next Turner, Wright or Richardson, NZ should try and find a Bruce Edgar or two. When it comes to style and technique, Edgar may not rank highly but his temperament and application was world class. He would score at 20 runs per session and occupy the crease for a session and a half - on average, and this is exactly what NZ needs right now. Find a couple of Edgars and the first wicket would, statistically, add about 70 runs from 45 overs so yes, Firdose Moonda is entirely correct in her analysis of where NZ's problems start.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

If we promote Watling and Ryder and Taylor return, where does that leave McCullum? Presuming they bring in a wicket keeper at number seven we then have Williamson at 3, Taylor at four, Ryder at 5 and Brownlie at 6. On current form, he's fighting for his place with Guptill. At the moment he has the edge but long term, he's not exactly the best option.

Posted by gujratwalla on (January 13, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

I am one to watch any cricket that there is on SKY.There has been a full coverage of this match and it is very painful to watch the Kiwis being roasted this way.Why on earth are Taylor,Franklyn,Fulton,Martin,Southee,Vittori not there?This is worse than even Bangla Desh or Zimbabwe.Hope The NZ cricket board get over their difference with thge players are select a decent squad next.

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