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Re: NZ v England Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:37 pm  

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The Kiwis seem to have decided that preparing three featherbeds will somehow represent their best chance of getting anything out of the series.

Thought this one was going to break up a la Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Southee was taking huge great lumps out of it early on.
Re: NZ v England Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:05 am  

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We need to talk about Kevin. He just can't help himself, can he? Obvious ploy and he fell for it. There was a big score there for the taking.
Still, England well on top.
Re: NZ v England Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:55 pm  

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Weather and pitch dying seem to be doing their best to kill any chance of a result here.
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Re: NZ v England Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:42 pm  

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Denied by the weather. It's just like watching Lancs...
Re: NZ v England Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:59 pm  
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Re: NZ v England Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:02 am  

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No Pietersen for the final Test. Knee knack.
And worse, for him, he's out of the IPL
Re: NZ v England Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:58 pm  

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Eden Park then. Incredibly short straight boundaries, and with Trott on the verge of setting a record for test runs scored without hitting a six. But then if anyone can resist the temptation, I'm sure it's him.
Re: NZ v England Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:21 am  

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Hmm. Was bowling the right option? With hindsight, definitely, but at the time?
Stupid place to hold a Test match.
Re: NZ v England Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:30 pm  

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It was the aggressive option, if you want to take 20 wickets and win the game then have first bowl.

Something really does need to be done about the way Test pitches are prepared though. Too many turning into unequal contests because the host boards want the ticket revenue from games lasting all five days.
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Re: NZ v England Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:06 pm  

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Something really does need to be done about the way Test pitches are prepared though. Too many turning into unequal contests because the host boards want the ticket revenue from games lasting all five days.

Generally, yes. With this particular venue, it's more that even a rudimentary defensive push can clear the ropes if it's anywhere near the meat of the bat.
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