Wow, looking back to my post back in September it was kind of premonitory for England and Wagner, right? And how about Laboosch?jabatito wrote: ↑Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:16 pmIn my views, NZ a better Test side than hot and cold Windies. Very good top order, a more than efficient seam bowling pool and decent fielding. A very challenging series for England even if they were able to pick their classic first XI including Jimmy. On the other hand, these tough matches can be a good test for first XI prospects.
Okay, okay, so scoring runs in CC does not count at Test level, though it did not precisely go that way for Labuschagne, did it?
I wonder if NZ will pick Neil Wagner who usually does very well on home soil with his bouncers' barrage....
More seriously, despite England lost by an innings, match was quite even during the first days; it was first BJ Watling and Grandhomme, and later BJ with Santner who really turned tides and completely wore out England. Positives: Good to the see new faces like Sibley and Pope, first innings display by top order and Stokes until the side imploded. Negatives: England keeps not knowing how to deliver for lengthy terms, seems like 80+ overs for them is an eternity whether bowling or batting. Roots looks quite lost at the minute. Curran is OK when playing at home but leaves the attack toothless when quicks get tired.
All in all, not many teams are able to beat NZ at home so hopefully things keep improving next Test which is quite close and seems the kiwis will not have Boult. I fear my post will be considered as totally irrelevant because it has no reference whatsoever to T10