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How could I forget?!!



3rd test - day 5 team song


I got so caught up in our New Zealand Black Caps WINNING the 3-test series in the West Indies (2 tests to 1) at the end of June, that I forgot to blog about it!

I mean, there is not really much that can be said other than enjoying the moment!  The first innings from both sides was fairly even with “Man of the Series” Kane Williamson again being our anchorman at number 3 (even though he didn’t quite reach a half century on this occasion!) and the New Zealand boys putting together a handy first innings score.  Followed on by the usual whinging from the critics that 293 was never going to be enough, and having to reassure people that in test cricket, you ALWAYS wait and see what happens in the game after BOTH teams have batted once!

Needless to say, the West Indians only managed 317 in reply, themselves, with New Zealand’s ever-ready and ever-reliable, Neil Wagner, picking up 4/64!

The second innings was a much better effort from our boys and again Kane Williamson showed his eternal class in hitting a brilliant 161 (not out) to enable his captain to declare on the fourth day and set the West Indians a target.  Which they didn’t look like ever achieving after Messrs Tim Southee and Trent Boult (aka the world’s most under-rated test opening bowlers!) got rid of key wickets at key times, to once again enable the Black Caps to dismiss the West Indians again in the Series!

Cue scenes like the one above, where the team song will be starting to be well known by all involved and once again got a good airing!

And I think Brendon McCullum sums it up nicely:

“Very special, three series, three series wins a row, two at home, people were asking are we just a team that can play well at home, are we good enough to play away from home, how good is this team, I think we are showing how good we can be, we are nowhere near the finished product but we are starting to play the brand of cricket and the style of cricket that people want to follow.”

I for one definitely cannot wait for the next test series these guys play, just to be able to watch their continued progress and improvement in all areas of this sport!

It’s going to be good, so don’t be a cynic – strap in and enjoy the ride 🙂

“We are showing how good we can be” – Brendon McCullum

Scorecard for the third test between New Zealand and the West Indies


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So what DO the media have against the Black Caps, anyway?!!

Brendon McCullum and his team would be quite within their rights to think that the media, in particular the New Zealand media, seem to enjoy going out of their way to bring them down and NOT want them to have any success at all!

I mean, this week was a perfect example …

Our New Zealand cricket team are currently in the middle of a test tour of the West Indies and, especially judging by past results, this isn’t the easiest place in the world to tour, let alone adapt and work your skills to the conditions and, what is more, thrive in those conditions.

Which is exactly what our New Zealand Black Caps did!  They in fact were victorious in the 3-test series, 2 games to 1, and not only that, several key players proved to the world of cricket just how skilful they are!

The winners' spoils!

The winners’ spoils!

But of course, the very day this historical event occurred … somehow former international player, Lou Vincent, mysteriously records an interview for the news channels, in which he admits what we all knew anyway (unless you haven’t been keeping track of the match fixing scandal investigations around the world these days!) that he is in fact a cheat, and he took money to play badly in cricket matches.

I mean, we already knew this; why did the news channels have to hold on to this “breaking news” until the very day the national team succeed … WITHOUT cheating … and claim a piece of history?!

My suspicions were proved correct the next day when our local newspaper, The Dominion Post’s back page, which is traditionally the start of the Sports section of the paper, actually LEAD with the disappointing news and it almost felt like the New Zealand Black Caps’ success were an after-thought photograph after the “sensation” of the negativity came first:

Leading the headlines?

Leading the headlines?

I guess at least they had the decency to include a celebratory photograph of the successful test team, but the first thing you notice on that page, isn’t the success …

It’s almost like the media DON’T want the New Zealand Black Caps to succeed at all, for all the raining on their success and trying to push them out of the way, they do!

So my message for the media is … PLEASE do the New Zealand Black Caps the courtesy they deserve and once in a while, focus on the good they are going, and the success they are having; this “tall poppy syndrome” has gone on long enough, I feel!

Oh, and the New Zealand Black Caps are playing the first of the T20 Internationals against the West Indies tomorrow morning, NZ time; no doubt if they happen to lose that match, the media will be ALL over it!!!

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