A Boulter Joins the Black Caps

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Who’s that devilishly handsome man? Not your pimply cousin from down country, it’s Trent Boult, the newest infantile cricketer to be rushed into the Black Caps, this time at the expense of a man old enough to be, if not his father, then at least a very estranged step-brother in Mark Gillespie.

Much as I’m loathe to praise the New Zealand selctors, they really are on something of a roll at the moment, picking young, talented in-form cricketers who have largely justified their selections. Strange days indeed.

One of his barely-shaving brethren, in Daniel Flynn, has been dropped from the side to face Australia in the Chapell-Hadlee series, which is a touch rough given his fine test form and a couple of scratchily helpful knocks against the West Indies, but again, demanding performance is a new and exciting leaf for NZC, and one that should be applauded.

22 and three quarters.

Three current/future Black Caps. Combined age: 22 and three quarters.

With Boult’s elevation New Zealand must have one of the youngest sides in world cricket, with six of the new squad aged 25 or under, which bodes well for the future of the game. It must be noted, though, that the exciting, talented youths are balanced by a bunch of journeymen older chaps to prevent us getting too carried away. I do have a pair of soft spots for Iain O’Brien and Peter Fulton, both of whom have been recalled for the series, but that being said I cannot for a moment imagine either troubling Australia, even the vulnerable, unbalanced Australia currently sullying the ‘brand’.

Boult himself looks the business, as well as barely being born in the ’80s he took 11 wickets at 10.9 in the under-19 World Cup (7 against that powerhouse Malaysia, but stil…), and in his limited first class career has taken his wickets at 26 on the decidedly decent batting wickets which have been the norm this year.

It remains to be seen whether he can take that form to the sweltering conditions and baying crowds across the ditch, but we’ll definitely enjoy watching the kid try.

– Duncan

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8 responses to “A Boulter Joins the Black Caps

  1. Longsillyone

    Crazy days.This panel have been on a strange trip lately. I like it. They seem half drunk. You never know what they are going to do next. Brilliant choice with Boult- why not throw him in there? Excellent for headlines too.

    Diamanti seems about a year too late but hey these guys seem in a ‘free and easy’ selecting kind of mood. Whatever happened to Ewen Thomson? Isn’t he a similar type of player and didn’t they try him for a game of 20/20 where he actually did quite well?

    Fulton seems a backwards step with all this ‘new face stuff’ going on but maybe they had to just pull back on the reins a little and bring in some experience before going with a Williamson, Watling or Anderson. Maybe Fulton is the new Sinclair. I quite like Franklin for this team and would prefer him to good ole’ Elliot but thats just me. O’Brien has so much more control than Gillespe and writes a better blog so thats good.

    Flynn looked like he was going to explode he was trying so hard with all the middle order one day pressure so its good they give him a break before the Indian series. I hope that Broom stays at six cos he is a goer to balance out the inexplicably in favour Elliot’s dowdiness. I mean Elliot has done O.K but he just is so boring.

    Does anyone know just how fast Boult bowls? I think when he won the fast bowling challenge as a 16 year old it was mid 130’s?

  2. Yeah I think half drunk is an excellent choice of term to describe current policy. Waldegrave and Richardson (who I’m warming to, I must say) were noting this morning that there have been 24 players selected for New Zealand since the start of the West Indies tour. That’s too many, obviously, but I think it livens up the domestic comp when people see a viable road to national selection, and puts core members on notice that ther positions are not sacrosanct. For so long we allowed mediocrity to flourish under the false assumption that ‘there’s no one better coming up’, as if that poisonous philosophy wasn’t going to infect the whole team.
    I like Diamanti’s selection, as you say his name seemed more prominent a year or so ago, but his figures are still good now, and the success of McIntosh suggests that selecting mid-career players in form can work wonders.
    Fulton never seemed like a one day player to me either, but Elliott is definitely the real puzzler. Middle-of-the-road guy seems to own that spot now, without ever having put together anything resembling the allround performance to justify it. In an era when everything’s in flux his continued selection might be the most mysterious element of them all.

  3. Longsillyone

    Also: Elliot seems to be playing as a batsman only. I think he might have bowled five overs or so in the last few one dayers- so why not play a batsmen of some spite down there. Vettori dosent seem to rate his bowling ability. I think if this side of his game was contributing more, I would feel far more comfotable and therein might lie the answer to the mystery.

  4. Longsillyone

    Is anyone slightly nervous about the make up of our batting order with no real lower order hitter that stands out a la Morkel? This makes me think again about the opening partnership- do we need two guys going absolutely ballistic at the top and then not much down the bottom end? I guess we could take our powerplay earlier. Maybe there is something that I am missing. Don’t get me wrong: Ryder and Mccullum are unbelivably good to watch at the top but I just hope we aren’t putting all or our eggs into one smelly box.

  5. Tom

    Do you think that Chris Harris is only playing that beach cricket to fund his hair plugs?

  6. Longsillyone

    Unbelievable domestic cricket round dominated by some of these contenders. ND recovered from 5-66 at the mercy of Bond to go so close to the total of 274 with Kane Williamson scoring 100 run out as well as Peter Mcglashin scoring a great 112 off 93 balls. Corey Anderson got 70 odd and Boult 3 wickets in Canterburys innings. Franklin got in the runs scoring 87 to get Wellington home off the last ball and Broom top scored with 77 for Otago. Diamanti got 4 wickets for CD in their win. Sinclair continues to pile on runs in his own dogged style, How got quick runs as did Diamanti. Mcglashin is probably the most destructive lower order player on the NZ scene right now and Bond the best bowler.

  7. Tim

    “allowed mediocrity to flourish” – exactly right, who knows how good McMillian could have been if he wasn’t so confident about his place (note his form when he came from being dropped towards the end of his carreer).

    On the other hand, I reckon dropping Flynn is a huge mistake – while not really suited to the one day game, he’s such a technically sound batsman I think you wanna have him in the side to “learn” what his role can be – I think for him to well we need to adopt a more flexible approach to our batting line up (as discussed previously) – if we are 10 for 3 against the Ausi’s there is no other NZ batsman I’d rather have comming in – if we’re 200 for 3 in the 40th then don’t bring him in – its simple stuff.

    On the no hitters at the bottom point, it does make me a bit nervous – I’ve always been supportive of having McCullum at the top but maybe we could try opening with someone more solid like Flynn (along with Ryder) and pushing McC down to 5 or 6 (game circumstances depending)

  8. Duncan

    @LSW: Thanks for update, that really is a wild round. It’s like these selections have put a jolt of electricity through the comp, so guys like McGlashin are aware that persistent form could lead to something more than a pat on the back. Personally I’m putting it all down to the better pitches that were mandated after the last Indian tour… I’m pretty sure those breadcrumbs lead to Martin Snedden, a man I cannot praise enough, despite a couple of glaring mis-steps.
    @Tim: Yeah I totally agree, MacMillan was a guy who just loved proving people wrong, fighting with his back to the wall (like Dokic last night – just a machine when a break point came up!). While he was allowed to sift along there was nothing to push him forward.
    On Flynn, it’s definitely the harshest drop we’ve done in a while. And he would work with Jesse in that he can rotate the strike and is fantastic runner between the wickets (something, surprisingly, Jesse’s not too bad at). The thing is, if Ryder gets out, Guptil comes in at three, and we just lose some of that demon intent at the top of the order. I think NZ’s hitting with McCullum and Ryder is largely looking at the powerplay overs which almost always encompass the first ten, you need batsmen who can hit out, are confident at playing aerially over the field. Otherwise you can get bogged down against a guy like Bracken, and I can see Flynn, Taylor (who is a hitter, but takes a while to get going) and Guptil going at three an over for too long. Still, the most refreshing thing about all this is the options we have. It’s been a while since we’ve even been able to contemplate a conversation of this nature.

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