Wairarapa News : January 9th 2013
30 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 9, 2013 SPORT 4667206AI YES, WE ARE OPEN FOR ALL YOUR POOL CHEMICALS, AND OF COURSE WE SELL POOLS, MAYFAIR AND VOGUE ABOVE GROUND POOLS Pool builders since 1956 POOL CONSTRUCTION LTD OUTDOOR CENTRE POOLS - SPAS - SAUNAS High Street, Carterton Phone: 06 379 8658 AHOY ME HEARTIES! Holiday lessons 14 -- 18 Jan, 5x lessons $55 Term 1 lessons 28 Jan -- 21 April, 11x lessons $121 Now taking after school lessons from 3.30pm HURRY - SPACES ARE LIMITED! Ph Lynn Mstn 377 3733 email firstname.lastname@example.org Cricket perspective needed SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Show of hands: Calls for the resignation of New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White over the Black Caps' poor batting in South Africa is ''an incredible over-reaction''. White and Hesson were very culpable in the Taylor saga and Moller handled things poorly, too. You really wonder if any of them are up to their jobs. What an incredible over- reaction there was after New Zealand were bow- led out for 45 by South Africa in the first cricket test at Cape Town. To read the opinions of some cricket writers and to listen to some contributors to radio talk- back, the low score was proof that New Zealand Cricket chief execu- tive David White should resign. And board chairman Chris Moller. The whole board, in fact. Coach Mike Hesson, too. Apparently because there is not enough cricket knowledge on the board, our players couldn t score runs in the first innings of a test in South Africa. How then to explain the much- improved second innings? It was illogical criticism but because the collapse followed so closely on the disgraceful treat- ment of former captain Ross Tay- lor, it gained some momentum. The two issues are separate. White and Hesson were very culpable in the Taylor saga and Moller handled things poorly, too. You really wonder if any of them are up to their jobs. But that has little to do with our test batsmen not being able to foot it in the face of some superb bowling by Vernon Philander especially, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. That is the same attack that in November 2011 had Australia 21-9, it should be noted. The truth was that the bowlers were brilliant. Except for James Franklin, there wasn t really one New Zealand front-line batsman who got out to a poor stroke. Philander reminded me of Rich- ard Hadlee in his pomp, with sharpish pace, pinpoint accuracy and moving the ball just enough to make the batsmen uncomfort- able. Steyn and Morkel were quick and right on target. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum s decision to bat first was ill-advised, as he would now concede, but to attribute the low score merely to poor batting (or spineless , gutless or any of the other adjectives used) is to miss the point. It s interesting that New Zea- land s lowest score in test cricket, 26, was scored in 1955 against Frank Tyson, Brian Statham, Bob Appleyard and Johnny Wardle -- four greats. Trevor Bailey wasn t even needed! Our second-lowest score, 42, was made against the truly formi- dable 1946 Australian attack of Ray Lindwall, Ernie Toshack and Bill O Reilly. Keith Miller and Colin McCool were not required. Sometimes you just have to face the fact that it s not the board s fault or the coach s but simply that your batsmen aren t nearly as good as their bowlers. Without Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder, this is an unimpressive New Zealand batting lineup, one of the weakest on the world cir- cuit. The South African pace attack is among the best in history and they were having a really good day. Even a New Zealand batting lineup of Sutcliffe, Turner, Jones, Crowe, Reid (JR) and Donnelly would have struggled. It was like a war with nuclear weapons on one side and bows and arrows on the other. That s the sum of it. It wasn t a day of shame or our blackest day . If you re going to support the New Zealand cricket team, you need to realise they aren t the All Blacks. They re not stacked with talent and sometimes they are going to be out-gunned. This was one of those times. Here when you need him Missing you: The Black Caps must be missing their star batsman and former captain Ross Taylor as the press wades in over their poor batting form in South Africa.
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