I don’t seem to have managed to say anything much about the New Zealanders this time around (in spite of having seen them twice), so here is “another chance to read” what I had to say about them last time around (in May 2013) and, more specifically, about Joe Root’s performance against them for the England Lions. I can’t claim any particular prescience in highlighting Root’s talent (though I suppose I was “ahead of the curve” in complaining about the heavy-handedness of the ECB). It is interesting to note, though, that, of that Lions side, he is the only one to have established themselves as an England regular (whither Toby Roland-Jones? Chris Wright?). James Taylor was not, of course, taken to India or Australia and might well still consider himself ill-used.
Derbyshire v New Zealand, Derby, 6th May & England Lions v New Zealand, Grace Road, 10-11 May 2013
Last week I took the opportunity to have a couple of looks at the New Zealand tourists, as they prepared for the coming Test series with one game against Derbyshire (effectively a sort of Derbyshire 1 1/2 XI) and another against England Lions (pretty much the England 2nd XI). I saw very little of New Zealand’s batting, but I’d say collectively their four seamers (Boult, Southee, Wagner and Bracewell) would make a very useful English County attack who shouldn’t really trouble a Test side – unless they happened to be playing in England in May, that is.
Before it became fashionable to insult Grace Road, the done thing was to complain about the County Ground in Northampton and, before that, it was usually Derby. Although this piece of publicity material is a…
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