Friday, March 22, 2013

We don't like cricket...

We don't like cricket; we love it. The words might belong to 10cc, but we will claim them.

We've followed the fortunes of the New Zealand cricket team for over 50 years. But today marks the first time that we've ever had the chance to go to all five days of a test match.

So when an opportunity presented itself to do just that, wrapped around some business commitments, we jumped at it. SWMBO was greatly encouraging, and so we'll be in the stands at Eden Park at 10.30am this morning. We won't be there all day every day, but we'll be there. Eden Park is less than 2km from our Auckland office, so our waistline will benefit too as we do a bit of walking in the Auckland sunshine. When there's work to be done we'll work, and at other times, we'll use our five-day pass.

This test match sets up brilliantly. Each team has dominated one test, only to be frustrated by inclement weather. And in each test, the team on the back foot fought hard at some point. Honours are even in the series both in terms of results and performance.

England will feel the loss of Kevin Pietersen and James Anderson looked a bit jaded in Wellington. On the other hand the New Zealand bowlers haven't done a lot since last Friday, given England having enforced the follow-on at Wellington. They will be fresh, and we wouldn't make any changes to the team. As good as Doug Bracewell has been at test level, he should miss out today, unless he replaces a below-par Tim Southee. Neil Wagner and Bruce Martin have played very well in this series so far, and axing either for this match would be harsh.

We won't make any predictions as to the outcome, except to say that we will be enjoying it thoroughly. If you're going to the game and feel like catching up, flick us an e-mail, or leave your e-mail in the comments here, and we'll try to get in touch.

The weather in Auckland this morning is absolutely perfect, and play will start at the appointed hour. We will be there to see the action, and if you live in Auckland, there are far worse ways that YOU could spend a sunny Friday; get down to the Garden of Eden!

10 comments:

James Stephenson said...

Pietersen gone and another good young Yorkshireman comes in to replace him, where's the downside?

Keeping Stock said...

All the more reason for a trip to the park then James. I'll even buy you a beer.

12th Man said...

Enjoy. Here's hoping NZ bowl first.

nellie said...

Pietersen a 'good young Yorkshireman'?

James Stephenson said...

Jonny Bairstow additional to Joe Root, nellie.

nellie said...

Aye I guessed that James, I was being a bit facetious - your comment read like it was one Yorkshireman replacing another. And of course Pietersen is as much a Yorkie as me - and I was born in Tameside (before Tameside was even called that mind you).

pdm said...

Speaking of Joe Root - is he connected (for want of a better word) to Graham Root who was in that England team that lost at the Basin in 1978? Graham Root I think was a Surrey man.

BTW excellent batting effort so far today with the new ball just being taken - 550 is now a minimum score and we want to only bat once which mmy be difficult on this track.

Nookin said...

pdm

Are you perhaps getting confused with Graeme Roope?

Nookin said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Roope

pdm said...

Thanks Nookin - I was.