Since getting a kiwi test bowler to write some of my book for me it has come to my attention how hard working they are as a species.
Mr O’Brien put in about three drafts of his chapter, which is probably more than I had for the book in total.
He was a busy writer, offering alterations, trying to get it the best he could, really putting in the full 100% percent and taking it one word at a time.
But I didn’t make him write the whole book.
That would have been rude.
He did his part, got it right, and then I let him rest.
That seems to be the problem with New Zealand’s top order, they let their bowlers shoot out Pakistan for under 300, and then a couple of hours later make the bowlers try and save the day.
Their opening batsmen don’t seem to be able to survive an over.
The rest of their batsmen seem to hope Ross Taylor will do the job.
Then Prince Brendon and Dictator Dan have to make as many runs as they can with tired bowlers.
Generally with New Zealand if you want to know what total they will make, you take their total at 4 wickets down, and triple it.
And it isn’t like their tail is like England’s (IE: better than their top order), their tail has the worst batsmen in world cricket (Martin), test cricket’s greatest blogger but shit batsman (IOB), and Daryl Tuffey.
Not a lot of fire power there.
In the old days they might have even declared at 8 wickets down.
These guys bowl, bat and blog, while their batsmen don’t even fucken bat.
Not good enough.
I suggest that all the Kiwi bowlers decide to not bat from here on in until their top order starts making runs. A simple, “fuck you guys, we’re tired”, will suffice. They’ll get the message after a while.
Obviously Dictator Dan doesn’t have to; we know he would go mental if one of his many jobs were taken away. He probably edits IOB’s blog at night as well.
But the rest of them just together and declare the innings shut at 7 wickets down. Force the batsmen to take the handle out of their asses and really try and use it.