Please, someone save NZ cricket
It was with utter devastation that I had the extreme misfortune to watch the lowest moment in New Zealand Cricket's history unfold Wednesday night.
But should I have been surprised? Unfortunately there was an air of inevitability about the great capitulation of this team. The reason, they simply aren't good enough, and frankly they never will be.
The South African commentators summed it up perfectly by pointing out that our best player on this tour averages 33 runs per game, while the South African top five average on or over 50.
And so I ask you, Trent who? Someone Bracewell?
I watched the HRV cup for almost seven minutes the other day before switching it off in favour of Australia's KFC Big Bash. My son leaves the room if I make him watch the New Zealand team for more than 10 minutes, he doesn't know who they are, and he doesn't care to know.
When I was a youngster I had the privilege of watching Sir Richard Hadlee bowl at McLean Park in Napier, off the short run. I could name his team mates and their statistics. I have watched Chatfield, Doull, Bond, Nash, Vetorri, Morrison, Crowe, Fleming the list goes on.
Where is New Zealand Cricket? Where is our player development? Where is the man who can bowl at over 150km? Where is the man who can stand at his crease like Chatfield and get his body sprayed with bruises while holding up his end as Coney wins the test?
Where is the Astle who can score 200-plus in the fastest time ever recorded in a test match?
Where is the Bond who can pick apart Australia with ease on his day?
Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder are here at home, safely tucked in their beds either too sulky or not disciplined enough to man up and realise that the fern on their uniform means more to us than they do.
I want my son to sit one day with his son and teach him the merits of the great game of cricket. I want him to be able to say "I watched the great Doug Bracewell tear a team apart at Mclean Park" or "I was there when Kane Williamson scored NZ crickets first triple century and against England at Lords!"
Please! Someone save the game! Otherwise my son's generation will be the last to say: "Remember when New Zealand had an international cricket team?"
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