Saturday, March 27, 2010
Good day for the Kiwis!
Did it actually happen or am I dreaming as the Kiwis have had a great first day with Australia being bowled out for just 231! The bowling was purposeful and they executed their plans well though, some of the Aussie batsmen threw their wickets away.
Shane Watson looked to be too aggressive and got out trying to pull on the front-foot, Ponting was run out, Clarke got out to a soft dismissal and the theory of him losing his concentration against the spinners worked. North played all across his front pad and got out lbw. He seems to be a bully of bad bowling as even if the opposition bowl decent stuff he seems to be all over the place with his footwork. Hussey again went searching for the ball and even Katich, who played well won't be happy with his dismissal. Overall a very disappointing day for the Aussies as the pitch is a decent batting track.
The Kiwis would be over the moon with their efforts as they executed their plans well though, were helped by some indifferent batting by the Aussies. Southee bowled a fuller length and got the rewards. He can still be inconsistent, but has a good release and that helps. Vettori playing in his 100th test gave him good support as with his subtle changes of pace troubled the batsmen.
So, can the brittle batting line up of Black Caps do well? McIntosh is already back in the hut as another Kiwi batsman got out to a left arm swing bowler. Oh god they really struggle against the left armer's angle, especially those who can swing it. Skippy has shown decent technique, but has this problem of either just blocking everything or hitting it. He needs to rotate the strike more. Kiwis need their batsmen to do well as they can't depend on Vettori and McCullum all the time.
The Black Caps have done very well on the first day, but for Kiwis to have any chance of winning this test, their batsmen have to stand up and be counted.