My corner of the oval

… thoughts from a Kiwi cricket fan

Summer of cricket …

on January 1, 2015

I haven’t blogged in a while, but that’s just cause there’s been SO much fantastic cricket being played by our New Zealand Black Caps and I have just been enjoying the skill and results forthcoming!

I do have to make a couple of points after observing a net training session the Black Caps had this afternoon in Wellington, before the second test match against Sri Lanka starting on Saturday.

Apart from the fact that it was an awesomely stunning sunny day …

  • Doug Bracewell was steaming in during his bowling time in the nets; he clearly wants to get back in the team!
  • It was cool to observe Hamish Rutherford, Ross Taylor, Jimmy Neesham, Kane Williamson and Tom Latham all having one on one coaching sessions with Bob Carter
  • Kane Williamson is just as pleasant to watch batting in the nets, as he is on the field of play!!!
  • Brendon McCullum sure can hit a cricket ball HARD!!!  Actually, not just Brendon – all the batsmen I observed having a bit of batting time were hitting the cricket ball jolly hard!  I mean, how even do the fielders stop the ball in match play, anyway?!
  • Kane Williamson has the cutest laugh … and his bowling is coming along well too, after his recent “tweaking” of his action.
  • Tim Southee and Trent Boult are a lot bigger in person than they are on TV – haha!
  • Oh and Tim, were you glancing at me cause you recognised me, or some other reason?!!

I so cannot wait till Saturday!!!

Although, given that I got sunburnt just from standing beside the nets this afternoon, I’d better be slathering on the sunblock for the next few days if the weather is going to be like this every day of the test!

Mark Craig, Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson in the nets on the eve of the second test versus Sri Lanka

Mark Craig, Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson in the nets on the eve of the second test versus Sri Lanka

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