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Smorgasbord
Jun 18, 2004

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goatface posted:

Match 5 of this "gripping" 7 ODIs between NZ and SL and then once that's over it's straight into the much needed world cup warm-up games before they play each other in the loving tournament opener.

gently caress.

We play an official 3 match series v Pakistan in between Sri Lanka and the unofficial warmup games. I think SL are a good team to be playing though, quality batsmen to figure out, and the need to get used to milking spinners. If Malinga plays then we get a sighter of him prior to the WC opener which would be handy too.

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Smorgasbord
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He scored a very good 66* literally 2 innings ago, goddamn I hate our kneejerk fans.

Smorgasbord
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Brett824 posted:

His last 10 ODI innings (since the India series, basically): 5,11,12,58,8,0,10,66*,20,0. Whopping 21 average. I don't know how kneejerk that is.

And if you go back 15 games he has a 30 average. A rough 10 game stretch is not grounds to ditch a guy with a career record of 3049 runs at a 37 average and 80 sr just before a world cup.

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I think Ross Taylor is really loving stupid, if he wasn't good at cricket he'd be on minimum wage somewhere.

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Knuc U Kinte posted:

He's much better at cricket than Martin Guptill

Yes....

Smorgasbord
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This is a pretty sweet counter attack so far. Also, gently caress you to all the Elliott haters.

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Doctor Cave posted:

NZ love their 6th wicket partnerships

Gotta love our wicketkeeper situation, Watling no.7 in the tests and Ronchi in the silly stuff are fantastic, and they are both very good glovemen too.

Smorgasbord
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Ronchi is unbelievable right now

Smorgasbord
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I love those comedy drops when it's not our boys fielding

Smorgasbord
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Big 3 all gone, that should be it.

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MaoistBanker posted:

You see guys, Ross Taylor enjoys KFC cause.. loving hell

Because Styris has been his friend and traveled around the world with him for about 15 years and probably knows a thing or two about his food preferences?

Smorgasbord
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Knuc U Kinte posted:

I dunno if it's a south Auckland thing but Samoans liking kfc is a thing and probably not appropriate to say in a commentary box. I am 100 percent sure it wasn't intentional, but someone might have been offended.

If you jump to that then maybe it is you who is the racist?

I know plenty of people - Samoan and otherwise - who enjoy KFC and we regularly joke about each other and our KFC liking ways.

Smorgasbord
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Knuc U Kinte posted:

The "I have x race friends, and they have never been offended by offensive thing" is something that would be lampooned in a late season simpson episode. It's a pathetic thing to say.

OK say Brendon McCullum is known in the team for loving KFC, is it alright to make jokes about his love of KFC? I would assume you would say yes. If amongst the same group of guys Ross Taylor also loves KFC, there must be no jokes about his love of KFC because Knuc U Knite has racist ideas about Samoans so whoever jokes about Ross is racist?

Smorgasbord
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Two Bad Teams

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I missed out on the opening game, and the Christchurch knockout game, but will likely go to the others in town - West Indies v Pakistan & England v Scotland I think?

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Oh Guppy

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Mister Chief posted:

Tell us how good he is again.

Still more likely to suceed in the World Cup than Latham.

edit: lol he hit it

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Mister Chief posted:

I feel like Latham should be good but then he's always poo poo.

Yeah I'm not overly impressed by him in the shorter formats. Seems like Brownlie or Devcich really could've been handy.

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Time for that Vettori/Mills partnership to score on the field

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Southee is kind of a dunce, he actually had time to play himself in there. Mills, Southee, McLenaghan are plenty capable of smoking boundaries if they stick around, no need to force the issue.

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I'm gonna miss Mills regardless of how he's actually poo poo.

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Mister Chief posted:

They're covered in ectoplasm.

Is Harris Sohail playing?

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Really don't know how Corey Anderson gets all these wickets

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Varkk posted:

Ah yes let's go to the cricket with a white sheet over our heads, no way that can be misinterpreted. Perhaps we can also have a discussion about who wants some kfc at the time.

Not sure if this is a joke or not but it's clearly referencing the Harris Sohail ghost thing and if anyone thinks otherwise they're a loving idiot.

edit: Afridi is a walking wicket v everyone else of note but his jammy slogs always land safely against us

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Loving Elliott sticking it up the haters. They wanted Jimmy loving Neesham ahead of this guy

Smorgasbord
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So close to handled ball

Smorgasbord
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All jokes aside Australia have a pretty formidable team for the WC.

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Mister Chief posted:

Are the WC warm up matches going to be televised?

I doubt the ones at Lincoln would be, but maybe the Hagley Oval ones. I'm going to NZ v SA next Wednesday.

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Mister Chief posted:

Pakistan are bad.

Their bowling is supposed to be their strength but it's terrible.

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Shmoses posted:

Surely only a massive injury can stop him

Yeah that's going to suck when it inevitably happens in a couple years.

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Seams posted:

what about ~~australian conditions!!~~

Well he does have a point to prove over there and in South Africa but I wouldn't bet against him succeeding.

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Airstream Driver posted:

If the WC final is between Aus and NZ that'd be pretty great.

That's my ideal outcome, after we force a Saffer choke in the semi and Australia demolish a pathetic India or England in the other.

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Mister Chief posted:

I doubt we'd face South Africa in the QF. It'd be someone poo poo like India, Pakistan or the West Indies.

Yeah I meant semi. Also the QF terrifies me because all it takes is someone like Kohli, Misbah, Gayle having a good night and it could be all over.

edit: Afridi gone *exhale*

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RideTheSpiral posted:

Wow this woman's voice is like a knife in the ear.

Yeah I didn't like her when she was just on The Cricket Show and I sure as hell don't like her more after all these inane cutaway interviews saturating the coverage. Goes to show any one of us could have made a career out of hanging around at the cricket if only we were an attractive women who bones cricketers.

Smorgasbord
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You're right of course, there is (sadly) absolutely nothing unusual about a sports broadcaster being utterly incompetent at their job and the insinuation that she sucked any more dick than the likes of Mark Nicholas was uncalled for.

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I would include pushing for less crap and more insight to be part of a sport broadcasters role especially in relation to their own contribution. She fails completely on that measure. Her segments are the worst part of the cricket coverage in New Zealand hands down.

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Mister Chief posted:

Shame the team is poo poo.

Good enough to make the Quarter Finals then who knows, all it takes is Gayle to hit form at the right time.

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Warne's son got a hatrick/4 wickets in 5 balls today.

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Just got back from the NZ v SA match (left when it became apparent Duminy was just going to have an open net rather than attempt to chase). We loving thrashed them. The batsmen all looked pretty good, Taylor got out just before the powerplay which probably set us back by 30-40 in the end, but it didn't matter since Boult scythed through the top order. Steyn didn't bowl and Amla didn't bat but we thrashed them all the same.

SL losing to Zim.

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Seams posted:

Honestly don't know what to make of these warm-up games. Seems a bit much to draw too many conclusions from them IMO.

Too late I put the house on Zimbabwe

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