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I’ve been reading quite a lot about cricket on other websites, particularly Cricinfo. 

In reading about the top batters in Test cricket ATM, outside the top 4, Smith, Kohli, Williamson and Root, a few other relatively unsung batters appeared. 

Pujara- was outstanding in Aus. Also, Kohli has poor figures when his upper order fail, whilst Smith is much more effective when batting after a collapse. 

Pujara’s recent results have been outstanding. 

Two other batters, Nicholls and Latham, who I assume are Kiwis, are ranked 6th and 7th. 

I was very interested to read about this trio having had great recent success. 
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Decentric - 13 Aug 2019 9:03 AM
I’ve been reading quite a lot about cricket on other websites, particularly Cricinfo. 

In reading about the top batters in Test cricket ATM, outside the top 4, Smith, Kohli, Williamson and Root, a few other relatively unsung batters appeared. 

Pujara- was outstanding in Aus. Also, Kohli has poor figures when his upper order fail, whilst Smith is much more effective when batting after a collapse. 

Pujara’s recent results have been outstanding. 

Two other batters, Nicholls and Latham, who I assume are Kiwis, are ranked 6th and 7th. 

I was very interested to read about this trio having had great recent success. 

DC interesting stats on those two Kiwis. Have they been playing the big three tho? Paddles will tell us.
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baggygreenmania - 13 Aug 2019 9:06 AM
Decentric - 13 Aug 2019 9:03 AM

DC interesting stats on those two Kiwis. Have they been playing the big three tho? Paddles will tell us.

If you want a historical aspect of the game mate.. subscribe to Wisden.
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Decentric - 13 Aug 2019 9:03 AM
I’ve been reading quite a lot about cricket on other websites, particularly Cricinfo. 

In reading about the top batters in Test cricket ATM, outside the top 4, Smith, Kohli, Williamson and Root, a few other relatively unsung batters appeared. 

Pujara- was outstanding in Aus. Also, Kohli has poor figures when his upper order fail, whilst Smith is much more effective when batting after a collapse. 

Pujara’s recent results have been outstanding. 

Two other batters, Nicholls and Latham, who I assume are Kiwis, are ranked 6th and 7th. 

I was very interested to read about this trio having had great recent success. 

I highly think you should look at the scorecards of India in South Africa and India in England. This is very wrong in recent times. Kohli was the only Indian batsman to make runs, ABDV the only South African, and no Englishman did. England out tailed India with Sam Curran and Woakes and co.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_cricket_team_in_South_Africa_in_2017–18

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_cricket_team_in_England_in_2018

Pujara failed in SA and England last year. But he has had a stellar career for a long time. A test specialist, he doesn't even play in the IPL anymore in recent years. He goes to county instead. Just grinds as a wall - a modern day Rahul Dravid. Has problems with the swinging ball, though. 
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baggygreenmania - 13 Aug 2019 9:06 AM
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DC interesting stats on those two Kiwis. Have they been playing the big three tho? Paddles will tell us.

The big 3 refers to money. Not skill. Otherwise someone would need to explain how SA was #1 for so often. And why Australia and England are still not in the top 3 on the rankings - but very much part of the "Big 3".

That said, your concern does not apply to Nicholls. Nicholls has centuries against Saffirs and England (the day night match where NZ rolled England for 60 odd) - but his real crowning glory was a century in the UAE against Pakistan against Yasir Shah in full force that helped NZ win a  series there. He is currently ranked #5 in tests, with KW ranked #2. Taylor is 12=, Latham 11 and Watling 30=NZ has had a good time of it lately winning 5 series in a row vs Eng, SL, Pak, Bang, and WI. 5th day rain Rain robbed us a series vs SA. But that's cricket. Raval, currently ranked 34, averages over 60 vs SA but 8 vs England. 

Latham is a minnow basher through and through, though. His runs have all come against SL and Bang at home, Zimbabwe and West Indies. He really needs to remedy this. India, Eng and Aus are all playing us this summer. Either openers in Latham or Raval may well end up dropped at some point for Will Young if they struggle for runs. NZ has a gun not in the team, and he can bat anywhere. Taylor will get a free pass in tests, cos of services rendered and his importance to the ODI team.

Latham is fine and classical wisen-type technically, and is known as one of the premier players of spin in NZ. Which begs the question why is he opening?He has 3 modes of dismissal that are memeworthy, chasing the cover or wide off drive on the new ball and nicking it before he is set. Or looking to clip to the leg side and being lbw. Which all raises the question why is he opening? Then once he is set 30 to 50, he is famous for clipping the ball to leg straight to a fielder for out caught.

Nicholls is not at all technical like Wisden. He has some of the sweetest cut shots you will ever see, and a very good sweeper. His pull shot makes him some runs but looks awkward at times, but he hits to different areas I believe intentionally. However, he has next to no straight drive game at all. He looks to whip on the onside. Or square and cover drive if very wide. And he has a huge gap between bat and pad, and is often clean bowled through it. Even on his forward lunge defence. Nicholls basically has a game plan like Allan Border did. Without the defence as yet. But as he showed in the UAE, he can make it work against the spinners. 

Nicholls is a very square based player. Latham is 360. I believe when Watling retires, Latham will move down the order and become the wicket keeper. Latham is not an opening batsman. And despite him crushing some minnows, has not performed all that well as an opening batsman. The spanner int he worls for this happening, is Tom Blundell has been ear marked as the next test keeper, and been with the squad for 2 years now as the spare. 

Nicholls just looks more and more composed every intl innings. Even his 50 in the WC final, he just seemed like he was in control. I thought he was set for a 100 tbh. The irony is, Latham was dropped as odi opener, now Nicholls is the odi opener. These 2 swap roles per format. They're from the same province - and both can keep wicket.


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Dec, if you reading cricinfo, make sure you read Adel Fernando. He is a brilliant writer who follows SL.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/26011743/kusal-perera-bats-body-heart-soul-innings-life

He said this about what many believe is probably the greatest test innings ever, definitely of recent times anyway.

Just wonderful.

I am reading his current tour column:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/27373677/new-zealand-eye-test-dominance-amid-sri-lanka-theatre-absurd

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, are an acid trip in cricketing form. Incremental progress? Ha ha. What is that? Consistent selection? Get out of here with that nonsense. They are either a garbage heap festering away in the afternoon sun, as was the case on their Test tour of Australia earlier this year when they were smashed 2-0, and sacked and dropped their captain, and lost their entire fast-bowling attack to injury. Or they are a rapturous weeks-long party, as was the case in South Africa just after, when one of their most unreliable batsmen produced possibly the greatest Test innings of all time, before they went on to become the first Asian team to clinch a Test series in South Africa, whilst their coach was looking over his back wondering whether he was himself going to be fired, and a new captain was handed what had seemed to be the most abject of losing hands...To even label New Zealand the straight man and Sri Lanka the joker is to do injustice to Sri Lanka's raging mood swings. If these two sides were a comedic double act, Sri Lanka would dazzle on some evenings, the audience in stitches, tears spilling down their cheeks. On other nights, Sri Lanka would be in full-scale meltdown, setting the venue ablaze, sending paying customers to fiery graves.... Sri Lanka, meanwhile, are playing under an interim coach for the umpteenth time this decade. So, who can actually bloody work out what they will be like? It hurts your head to even try.


He is a brilliant and candid writer. But its true. Sri Lanka have become the new Pakistan after beating SA in SA but losing to England at home.
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Paddles - 13 Aug 2019 10:54 AM
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The big 3 refers to money. Not skill. Otherwise someone would need to explain how SA was #1 for so often. And why Australia and England are still not in the top 3 on the rankings - but very much part of the "Big 3".

That said, your concern does not apply to Nicholls. Nicholls has centuries against Saffirs and England (the day night match where NZ rolled England for 60 odd) - but his real crowning glory was a century in the UAE against Pakistan against Yasir Shah in full force that helped NZ win a  series there. He is currently ranked #5 in tests, with KW ranked #2. Taylor is 12=, Latham 11 and Watling 30=NZ has had a good time of it lately winning 5 series in a row vs Eng, SL, Pak, Bang, and WI. 5th day rain Rain robbed us a series vs SA. But that's cricket. Raval, currently ranked 34, averages over 60 vs SA but 8 vs England. 

Latham is a minnow basher through and through, though. His runs have all come against SL and Bang at home, Zimbabwe and West Indies. He really needs to remedy this. India, Eng and Aus are all playing us this summer. Either openers in Latham or Raval may well end up dropped at some point for Will Young if they struggle for runs. NZ has a gun not in the team, and he can bat anywhere. Taylor will get a free pass in tests, cos of services rendered and his importance to the ODI team.

Latham is fine and classical wisen-type technically, and is known as one of the premier players of spin in NZ. Which begs the question why is he opening?He has 3 modes of dismissal that are memeworthy, chasing the cover or wide off drive on the new ball and nicking it before he is set. Or looking to clip to the leg side and being lbw. Which all raises the question why is he opening? Then once he is set 30 to 50, he is famous for clipping the ball to leg straight to a fielder for out caught.

Nicholls is not at all technical like Wisden. He has some of the sweetest cut shots you will ever see, and a very good sweeper. His pull shot makes him some runs but looks awkward at times, but he hits to different areas I believe intentionally. However, he has next to no straight drive game at all. He looks to whip on the onside. Or square and cover drive if very wide. And he has a huge gap between bat and pad, and is often clean bowled through it. Even on his forward lunge defence. Nicholls basically has a game plan like Allan Border did. Without the defence as yet. But as he showed in the UAE, he can make it work against the spinners. 

Nicholls is a very square based player. Latham is 360. I believe when Watling retires, Latham will move down the order and become the wicket keeper. Latham is not an opening batsman. And despite him crushing some minnows, has not performed all that well as an opening batsman. The spanner int he worls for this happening, is Tom Blundell has been ear marked as the next test keeper, and been with the squad for 2 years now as the spare. 

Nicholls just looks more and more composed every intl innings. Even his 50 in the WC final, he just seemed like he was in control. I thought he was set for a 100 tbh. The irony is, Latham was dropped as odi opener, now Nicholls is the odi opener. These 2 swap roles per format. They're from the same province - and both can keep wicket.


Great post, Paddles. 
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NZ off to a terrible start. Both openers gone - 33 and 30 - and KW for a duck. Pitch is turning big on day 1 before lunch.

Latham dismissal was terrible batting. Just left his bat hanging out and watched the ball hit the edge on a 6th stump line. 

KW got beaten second ball where he was caught trying to sweep but the ball was too short so he had to improvise and clip it but found a fielder.
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Sigh - NZ in huge trouble at 170 for 5. And a batsman short.
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