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Field Theory: The Wonder Years

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  • Hadyn Green,

    Another cricketing memory, being denied by Paddles for an autograph when I was about 7 at Mclean park after a test match. Selfish prick!

    I had a similar thing at a similar age. I saw him at some event in Tauranga and wanted an autograph (though I suspect my Dad wanted it more) but he looked way too angry (Hadlee not my Dad) so I didn't even get to the asking.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I will admit, that when Taylor went out, I thought the game was over. In fact, when Franklin came in at #5, I thought the game was over.

    Franklin seems destined to be a good batter at domestic level, and then almost never repeat the feat at international level. 53 ODI innings with a high score in the 40s. It's not like NZ tailenders don't often end up coming in early enough for them to score. How he's ahead of Oram I struggle to understand.

    Incidentally, I got a bit annoyed (enough to tweet it) at Ian Smith calling Bond an 'unlikely hero'. Aside from the, you know, bowling he has done that with the bat before.

    His highest ODI score (31) was an innings where NZ batted first and he got the runs in 15 balls. 3 sixes, two fours.

    One of the sixes went about 20 rows back at Eden Park. It was big.

    (NZ lost the game on the second to last ball, but you get that when you score 199 in 50 overs and Vincent takes 53 runs off 137 balls)

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    There's an interview on Cricinfo somewhere with Jeremy Coney where they ask him what captaining Hadlee was like, and he's... not entirely positive.

    There is some seriously bad hair in the Aussie team. (cough Bollinger cough).

    And Harris. This current crop is starting to make Andrew Symonds look attractive. (True story: I couldn't remember his name, so I googled 'cricket aussie boofhead', and he was the top two hits.)

    Speaking of Harris, you know they retire jersey numbers of great players? Can we do the same thing with surnames? Because this is just bloody confusing.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • Ngaire BookieMonster,

    Speaking of Harris, you know they retire jersey numbers of great players? Can we do the same thing with surnames? Because this is just bloody confusing.

    Haha, agreed, at one point they said something about "Harris coming on to bowl" and I had a split second moment of "Jesus, will that man ever give up?" before I realised they were talking about Australian Harris.

    At the foot of Mt Te Aroh… • Since Nov 2009 • 174 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    If I tweeted everytime Ian Smith annoyed me, I wouldn't get to watch the game. He shits me at an astonishingly high level.

    Really? I think he's one of the better ones.

    Especially in comparison to having to listen to Craig McMillan labour a single dubious point for five minutes a stretch.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22724 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    I would just like to have gavin larsen and jeremy coney back commentating.

    they come from the world of cricket geeks to whom stats and history play an important part in the context of their commentary.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I've had a quick look at his stats, but I can't find the innings of which I speak. Where is my intern when I need one? Hadyn, can I borrow Naly?

    He once came in as the no 11 batsman and flayed it to all corners of the ground in a match against England, I think, but we still lost.

    The only other thing I can recall is that I watched it at Pete Darlington's place in Nelson.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22724 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    Smith, despite being overexposed, is good value.

    The other thing in his favour is that he’s not as embedded as the rest of them. How can Craig McMillan, Kiwi Harris, and Kyle Mills possible be objective?

    But last night was certainly nostalgic. Good to see the <insert current Aussie enfant terrible> is a wanker chant hasn’t evolved with age.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Irvine,

    Really? I think he's one of the better ones.

    I find him very negative. He wants the BCs to do well, and sets very high standards for them. These are standards we'll need to achieve to do well, but when things go wrong, I think he goes overboard bagging the team.

    I like him better when he's not calling New Zealand matches.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 242 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    He once came in as the no 11 batsman and flayed it to all corners of the ground in a match against England, I think, but we still lost.

    Ok, good to know I'm kind of half right. :)

    The other thing in his favour is that he’s not as embedded as the rest of them. How can Craig McMillan, Kiwi Harris, and Kyle Mills possible be objective?

    Meh, I don't require all my commentators, especially in cricket, where they have a lot of time to fill, to be unbiased. Articulate and interesting would be nice though.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    There is also a Public Address/Cricket/Wellington announcement coming up, so keep an eye out for that.

    If this involves lying around on the grass, drinking beers, then I fully support this lifestyle choice.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    If this involves lying around on the grass, drinking beers, then I fully support this lifestyle choice.

    We have a list. It has those things on it. If anyone can help fill in the gap between them and "...PROFIT!" that would be handy.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    We have a list. It has those things on it. If anyone can help fill in the gap between them and "...PROFIT!" that would be handy.

    lolz.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    I desperately want to use the phrase 'a little bit of howdy doody' at some point today.

    I'm guessing he backed out of "a little bit of how's-your-father" at the last moment and then had to go somewhere.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • BlairMacca,

    (NZ lost the game on the second to last ball, but you get that when you score 199 in 50 overs and Vincent takes 53 runs off 137 balls)

    Or Sinclair takes 75 balls to get 18....

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 208 posts Report Reply

  • BlairMacca,

    Sorry misready minutes for balls

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 208 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    True story: I couldn't remember his name, so I googled 'cricket aussie boofhead', and he was the top two hits.

    I had to check and that is remarkable.

    Good to see the <insert current Aussie enfant terrible> is a wanker chant hasn’t evolved with age.

    Also nice to hear the commentators pause as they try to figure out the chant and then realise they should probably try to talk over it.

    If this involves lying around on the grass, drinking beers, then I fully support this lifestyle choice.

    As Emma says, those are all currently tabled items on the agenda.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    If I tweeted everytime Ian Smith annoyed me, I wouldn't get to watch the game.

    I've found his analysis pretty good - seems to have a cricketing brain for all aspects of the game. I can even deal with him as sideline commentator at the rugby (though the bar being set there of being better than Murray Mexted isn't very high).

    Grant Fox is also good with analysis on the rugby.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Good to see the <insert current Aussie enfant terrible> is a wanker chant hasn’t evolved with age.

    I miss the sound of cans rhythmically banging on advertising hoardings though. Can we get an iPhone ap for that?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • JoJo,

    Also: Johnson's hair. Someone needs to stage an intervention.

    I was wondering if Shane Warne had loaned his hair to the team...

    But apart from that, a great game. One-dayers that come down to the last two overs should be a mandatory childhood experience, like skinned knees and endless summer holidays.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Derham,

    I was wondering if Shane Warne had loaned his hair to the team...

    Well, he has loaned it to Doug Bollinger

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • Tristan,

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 221 posts Report Reply

  • BlairMacca,

    This has to be one of the best Aussie NZ games of all time
    http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65118.html

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 208 posts Report Reply

  • Stuart Coats,

    Showing my age, but this match has always been a favourite, especially as it was played on Australia Day

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 192 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Irvine,

    I liked this one, when Chris Pringle bowled a maiden to Bruce Reid in the last over. Tense.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 242 posts Report Reply

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