Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Dismissing the performance of the Blackcaps as a result of a friendly draw is both wrong and churlish.

    There is certainly an advantage in hosting a tournament – ask Australia. But even then, the draw wasn't that friendly. New Zealand had to back up and play a semi-final two days after winning their quarter final.

    But Boult finished with as many wickets as the tournament's best bowler, Mitchell Starc. Southee's return against England was our best bowling performance in a World Cup match and Boult's against Australia was the fourth best. Guptill's innings against WI was the second-highest score in the history of the game, and the semi in Auckland was probably the best match the tournament has ever seen. It's been an amazing few weeks.

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  • Legal Beagle: The Northland by-election;…,

    HEADS-UP: I've just published a blog post by Philip Lyth that raises the possibility that Peters will decline to bring in a new MP.

    Very interesting.

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  • Legal Beagle: The Northland by-election;…,

    A 13,000-vote swing in six months. Sure, tactical voting, but my goodness.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: An unforced craft,

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    Death and the Maiden last night at the Wine Cellar. I like this band!

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?,

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    BREAKING!!!

    The Phoenix Foundation got together today and recorded a song for the Black Caps. It's called 'Big Mac'.

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to izogi,

    Then to top it off, Dhoni ran himself out in a way that made it look as if he simply didn’t want to ruin his ‘finishing’ record by being not-out in a losing game.

    That was just weird. Yes, it was a great throw to run him out, but he gave up before the ball even hit the stumps. The earlier run-out of Jadeja was nearly as bad – how on earth in their situation would you not be backing up furiously as the non-striker? Yet he went from a standing start.

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?,

    Well, the second semi-final last night was unfathomable. Australia certainly bowled very well, but the lack of desire and determination shown by India was just weird.

    Maybe we'll win on Sunday, maybe we'll go down. But I cannot imagine the Black Caps going down like that.

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?,

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    From the Twitter account of Kane Williamson, some brilliance. [EDIT: Not Kane Williamson, but still very funny.]

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to Paul Williams,

    I always liked for the spirit he played with. Brett Lee too

    If you overlook those beamers he bowled ...

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?,

    The #MCGissobig hashtag is going off on Twitter. Great fun.

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