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Rating the Also-rans

Daniel Vettori and the least-coveted trophy in international sport

Daniel Vettori and the least-coveted trophy in international sport

So this oddly interminable tour is finally over. Given that only about three hours of cricket was possible between showers, there was more entertaining cricket than we had any right to expect, and the West Indian side, chiefly through the unholy batting of Gayle and Chanderpaul, fought harder than they have in a while. Perhaps that was because they sensed that, in the Black Caps, they finally had come up against an opponent they had a shot at.

In the end, it wasn’t to be. They split the test and Twenty20 ‘series’ (insofar as two games of anything can be called a series) and lost the ODIs by the slenderest of margins. In amongst it we saw some sparkling debuts, some mediocrity maintained, and one player in particular leaning too heavily on a reputation not-quite earned. Here are DeadBall’s ratings for every New Zealander who participated in the tour.

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Fidel Edwards: An Extremely Gangsta DeadBall Icon

New Zealand’s current series against the West Indies, two of the more ordinary sides in international cricket, has been, a few sessions aside, pretty uneventful. The expected fireworks from Gayle, some extremely composed innings from Chanderpaul, New Zealand struggling along like a three legged dog… But I’ve kept watching, and enjoying it, largely because of one man.

Fidel Edwards has got to be one of the most entertaining cricketers in the world right now. Unfortunately he plays for the West Indies, so he gets no support from the other end, and his average is a very tawdry 38… But damn, he’s cold. And this isn’t about his figures so much as his presence on the pitch. Check out this over to South Africa:

Not particularly effective (though worthwhile for audience response alone), but just feel the heat coming off the guy. His resemblance to a better-looking Marlo Stanfield, the  murderous drug kingpin from The Wire is surely not coincidental. Continue reading

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A Don At The Cricket

Images from the Boxing Day Twenty20 at Eden Park by Duncan Greive and Justin Warren. Words excerpted from The Godfather by Mario Puzo.
Michael often thought of Kay, of her smile, her body…

Michael often thought of Kay, of her smile, her body…

He was built as powerfully as a bull, and it was common knowledge that he was so generously endowed by nature that his martyred wife feared the marriage bed as unbelievers once feared the rack.

He was built as powerfully as a bull, and it was common knowledge that he was so generously endowed by nature that his martyred wife feared the marriage bed as unbelievers once feared the rack.

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The Game Done Changed

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As Chris Gayle walked off the pitch in a triumphant glow yesterday, having ripped the heart out of Daniel Vetorri (Temple of Doom style), I’m 89 percent certain that the microphone caught him exclaim to the shocked crowd, “yes, stand up!”.  Although, having heard his post game interview, and understood none of it, this may be an aberration of my imagination.

It was a dominant display, no doubt, and made all the more impressive for the fact he managed to look both super pissed off  and  like the coolest Motherf**ker on the planet (for a cricketer, that’s doubly impressive). Gayle has the solemn air of responsibility about him – completely insular, he remains expressionless for hours upon time, contemplating the tragic injustice of being  a lone force of good on this underwhelming West Indies side. But today, he just looked angry. When the game was handed to the fate of sudden death overs, the game was handed to Gayle. Scoring 25 runs  from the over (which included a wicket!), Gayle looked like a man among children. As though Dad finally got a bat in the backyard game and decided to remind everyone who rules the house.

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Gayle Force Windies

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Ok, so I didn’t catch much of yesterday’s cricket action (literally some radio coverage in the car during work hours), but I wanted an excuse to post the above horrible, yet awesome, yet terrible pun. Gayle hasn’t scored three figures in three years, so  it may not be a great sign that he did it against the Black Caps.  Although, from what I’ve seen,  I’ve  been impressed with his play. He seems very poised and perhaps realises that no one should ever captain a side that loses to this Black Caps team. Continue reading

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Guest Post: Come In, Card No.84

Scanlens World Series Cup Cards 1981/82
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Card No.84 was the Holy Grail over the summer of 1981-82. Depicting West Indian batting genius Viv Richards, it was the last card from the Scanlens World Series Cup collectors set.

The Scanlens cards came with terrible cardboard-like chewing gum. And in the manner of previous Scanlens card series for Star Wars, Buck Rogers and Grease, the backs of the cards created a poster when combined.

The scene depicted when the WSC cards were meticulously collated was, predictably, the previous summer’s third final in Melbourne. That was the one day match in which Trevor Chappell’s under arm delivery threatened irreparable damage to trans-Tasman relations. Continue reading

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