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Black Caps: Either play or don't

MAURIE EDWARDS
Last updated 12:00 04/01/2013
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum takes evasive action from a Dale Steyn delivery on the first day of the first cricket test against South Africa at Sahara Park, Newlands.
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WATCH THE BALL: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum takes evasive action from a Dale Steyn delivery on the first day of the first cricket test against South Africa at Sahara Park, Newlands.

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I watch all the cricket I can. It's one of my favorite sports. But watching the Black Caps over the last few years has almost given me reason to not want to watch them at all.

The reasons are just stacking up higher and higher and this week's failure to display any technique or spine against a one-man wrecking machine from South Africa further enhanced my reason for not wanting to watch or listen to them.

I really believe that the whole squad should, for two years, be made to play in all of the New Zealand domestic competitions, and from there the next three seasons' players should be selected entirely on merit.

There should be no sabaticals or long season recoveries or unnecessary post-surgical recoveries. You either play or you don't. I can't see any position in the current team that would not be able to be adequately filled by another current New Zealand provincial player.

This would also give New Zealand cricket the chance to sort out and plan the next strategies for the new team.


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