• Updates from Hamilton, 10.30am (9.30pm GMT) start
  • Root praises Pope’s maturity after sixth-wicket stand
  • Email Daniel or tweet @DanielHarris with your thoughts

2.23am GMT

According to Cricinfo, there’ll be a final decision made at the hour. We know what it’ll be, but that’s when it’ll be.

2.19am GMT

“If I were a betting man, I would say that the upcoming series against Australia has got the potential to be one of the best in recent times,” says Abhijato Sensarma. “With the exception of Raval, the Kiwi batting has never been in better form. If flat pitches are the order of the day, they’ll feel right at home. As for the Aussie bowling threat, they did seem to lose the plot at certain times on the field against Pakistan in the recently-concluded affair, but their great returns nonetheless speaks volumes about the threat they possess. This might be the first time New Zealand has a favourable chance of winning a series Down Under. I, for one, will be following with a keen eye.”

I’d love to see that, but I’m not sure. Taking 20 wickets in Australia, where medium pace gets whacked, if extremely difficult. New Zealand lack a quality spinner, and will be needing plenty from Ferguson and Wagner. It’s possible, but probably not likely.

Continue reading…

Source link