We went out this afternoon. Now that we're home, we are really glad that we went out. If we'd stayed home, we would have wasted an afternoon watching the Black Caps.
They finally dismissed the Pakistanis, conceding a first innings lead of 92. At the tea adjournment, they were 32 without loss. Two hours later they have been dismissed for a paltry 110, and Pakistan will resume in a moment needing just 18 runs to win the test match.
From what we've heard and read, the Black Caps' batting today has been awful. John Wright must already be wondering why he said yes when asked to take over as coach.
We'll continue to support the New Zealand cricket team; that's what a true supporter does. But when they play like Ilford 2nd XI (apologies to Ilford 2nd XI for the comparison), we won't resile from criticising them.
New Zealand is ranked 8th in the ICC test rankings for a reason; their performances over the last few seasons have been poor. Even the fact that they scored more in the second innings today than the Aussies did at Melbourne is little comfort. McCullum, Vettori and Taylor will be thanking their lucky stars that the IPL auction was last night.