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New Zealand test squad vs India:

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Kane Williamson (C)
Tom Latham
Tom Blundell
Ross Taylor
Henry Nicholls
BJ Watling
Colin de Grandhomme
Tim Southee
Neil Wagner
Trent Boult
Ajaz Patel
Kyle Jamieson
Daryl Mitchell 
 

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2 hours ago, Global.Baba said:

Surprising to see no Sodhi

yeah - they pulled him out of ODIs to play the A game after some talk of Kohli's susceptibility against leg-spin. But I think they have made the right call, Patel gives them more control. 

 

Their squad looks solid - new opener Blundell did well against Aussies, so even that opener vulnerability is now plugged. Their tail will wag, as always. I would be tempted to play Jamieson over Colin. 

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Boult, Southee, Wagner and CDG on a green pitch! NZ win the toss and insert us in 

 

Captain Doofus and Coach loudmouth must already be getting nightmares. The first choice keeper doesn’t inspire with the bat, they left out the main attacking spinner hoping the dust bowl hero comes to party, but he has struggled to take any top order wickets, the all rounder and no. 6 batsman at home may not even get a look in. Two guys whom these arrogant pricks threw out of home tests - Vihari and Pant - would suddenly be looking extra important to these jokers

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1 minute ago, ShoonyaSifar said:

Boult, Southee, Wagner and CDG on a green pitch! NZ win the toss and insert us in 

 

Captain Doofus and Coach loudmouth must already be getting nightmares. The first choice keeper doesn’t inspire with the bat, they left out the main attacking spinner hoping the dust bowl hero comes to party, but he has struggled to take any top order wickets, the all rounder and no. 6 batsman at home may not even get a look in. Two guys whom these arrogant pricks threw out of home tests - Vihari and Pant - would suddenly be looking extra important to these jokers

:((

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5 minutes ago, ShoonyaSifar said:

Boult, Southee, Wagner and CDG on a green pitch! NZ win the toss and insert us in 

 

Captain Doofus and Coach loudmouth must already be getting nightmares. The first choice keeper doesn’t inspire with the bat, they left out the main attacking spinner hoping the dust bowl hero comes to party, but he has struggled to take any top order wickets, the all rounder and no. 6 batsman at home may not even get a look in. Two guys whom these arrogant pricks threw out of home tests - Vihari and Pant - would suddenly be looking extra important to these jokers

If Kohli has any consistency in thinking, he should play 5 bowlers and Saha overseas as he did in entire home season. If he felt need of 5 bowlers to get 20 wickets at home, then surely we would need 5 bowlers overseas. He was all praise for Jadeja doing such a great job at 6, so how can that confidence dissipate so quick? Expecting Vihari and pant to fire in toughest matches without chance to hone their games in familiar home conditions is setting them up for failure.

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2 minutes ago, Cricwala said:

If Kohli has any consistency in thinking, he should play 5 bowlers and Saha overseas as he did in entire home season. If he felt need of 5 bowlers to get 20 wickets at home, then surely we would need 5 bowlers overseas. He was all praise for Jadeja doing such a great job at 6, so how can that confidence dissipate so quick? Expecting Vihari and pant to fire in toughest matches without chance to hone their games in familiar home conditions is setting them up for failure.

Absolutely. Other than Rohit, 10 players should pick themselves going by how this TM was planning home season. Mayank, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Jadeja, Saha, Ashwin, Umesh, Shami and Bumrah

 

These 10 should play both the tests and in that order.

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9 hours ago, Sandeep99 said:

Expecting a 2-0 hammering thanks to clueless brat and hosh-less process oriented bevda. This is a series we should at least draw 1-1. No excuses if we fail to do so.

I'm still hoping to win it.  Don't be so negative.

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54 minutes ago, sandeep said:

why

They have solid opening pair and our bowling attack might not be in form.
In the bast, batting collapsed even with great support from pacers this time they will buckle up under scoreboard pressure.
Lone warrior virat is out of form.

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11 hours ago, Stan AF said:

I have full faith on our fast bowlers. They'll win one match at-least for sure. It's upto our batsmen to standup to the NZ bowling and make our bowlers have something to bowl at.

Test cricket needs both units to 'win' an innings to win the match. Even if the fast bowlers get 20 wickets for less than 500 or even about 400 - your batting unit still needs to score that much to finish the win.  

 

I'm optimistic that India will win this series, but its not a sure thing. I actually expect NZ to prepare at least one 'draw' track - one that helps pace bowler for one session or so but then settles down into a dodo.  The toss in NZ is going to be a massive factor, especially on a track like that.

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Last time we toured we played four bowlers.  Sir Jaddu played both tests and was ineffective.

26-1-120-1 

 9-4-10-1

2-1-12-0

52-11-115-1

Both were highly winnable tests. Chasing 407 India was 222/2 with Dhawan and Kohli. Both were picked by Wagner in the first test

 

Second test loss due to Kohli's fielding.

Overall India's fielding was horrendous on that tour

 

 

First test Vijay and Dhawan dropped 4 catches

 

Seconed test  NZ were 78/3 . Baz was on 9

 

28.1
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Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, dropped at silly mid-on! Kohli, that was a relatively easy one! It was fullish and McCullum went through with a drive even though he wasn't to the pitch of it. It went to the left of Kohli but he snatched at it with his left hand and doesn't hold on. Came a lot slower than he expected. How costly is that going to be?
 
 
Answer to that question is it was as costly as 294 runs. 

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