Cricket Captain 2017: ODI/T20I Series Review

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In the ODI series we thoroughly thumped Australia 4-1, losing only the fifth and final match. The series victory was thanks in no small part to Alex Hales’ 304 runs @ 60.80. Surrey teenager Sam Curran claimed figures of 6-27 in the 4th ODI before his older brother Tom recorded impressive numbers of 3-48 on debut. Essex’s Tom Westley (25 & 53) also won his first cap and looked at home in the international arena.

Onto the T20I series that not only involved Australia but New Zealand as well. The structure involved playing Oz twice then New Zealand twice. We defeated the Ozzies 2-0 including a two-run win in the second match courtesy of Adil Rashid’s last ball wicket. However we then got torn to pieces by New Zealand, losing the two group matches then being defeated by them again in the final.

In the second T20I against New Zealand, Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan made 75 on debut but having reverted to our ‘strongest’ line-up for the final, Jason Roy promptly lasted just one delivery!

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Gloucestershire’s Benny Howell made 43 and took 2-7 against Australia on debut but failed to back up that performance. Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone claimed 3-38 in his only match of the series and there were also a couple of wickets for Somerset’s Jamie Overton on his sole outing of the tour.

Having gone unbeaten throughout the year, the 3-0 whitewash dished out to us by the Black Caps was a disappointing end to the campaign.

White Ferns Call on Kerr to Curb Run Flow


New Zealand Women have selected teenage spin bowler Amelia Kerr in their World Cup squad for the tournament that commences next month in England. The Wellington Wizard was just fourteen years of age when she popped up on YouTube, the great hope for New Zealand Women’s cricket. Of course courting such attention at that age can have a detrimental effect (Freddy Adu anybody?). Kerr though has clocked up ten wickets in 7 ODIs to date, at an average of just 22.90. The Wellington native has already claimed two four-wicket hauls in those 7 appearances and gone at less than four runs per over, 3.89 to be precise.

There’s something utterly bizarre about looking at a person’s Cricinfo profile page and seeing a birthday in the 2000s!

Here’s a Trans World Sport feature on the leg-spinner who can bat too. She struck 119 for Wellington Women against Otago Women as recently as February.

Cricket runs in the Kerr family. Amelia’s sister plays alongside her at domestic level, both parents played the game and grandfather Bruce Murray clocked up 13 Test caps for the Black Caps. Murray’s career best 90 came in Lahore when New Zealand beat Pakistan for the first time.

That was nearly half a century ago. Kerr will hope to create some historic moments of her own in the sport in the years and even decades to come.

Disclaimer: Irrelevant lyrics, relevant title!

International Duck Watch!


Suranga Lakmal just can’t keep out of the action, whether or not he’s the duckee or the inflictor of duckness. Today he lasted three deliveries before falling to Vernon Philander (4-27) in Cape Town. Nuwan Pradeep also ducked in the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka, very first ball, Philander again the man responsible.

In Art Deco Land or Napier if you prefer, a trio of ducks were spotted in the first T20I between hosts New Zealand and visitors Bangladesh. For the tourists, Imrul Kayes fell second ball and Soumya Sarkar lasted exactly half that amount of deliveries. In the Black Caps’ response Colin Munro ducketed second ball but the hosts still claimed a six-wicket victory.

Room for Broom!


New Zealand have recalled batsman Neil Broom to their squad for the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh that commences on Boxing Day.

Well, nothing cries out international recall more than a ODI career batting average of 17.52!

Broom’s batting average is not the only figure that he’ll be looking to haul north. A strike rate of 70.10 smacks of a bygone era. It was in March 2010, more than six years ago that Broom, 33, made the last of his 22 ODI appearances and the landscape has since changed. He’s been a consistent performer on the domestic stage (3784 List A runs @ 38.61) for sometime though and the Black Caps will be hoping that in the absence of Ross Taylor (Eye surgery) Broom can sweep all that Bangladesh’s bowlers have to throw (Bowl legitimately!) at him!

Disclaimer: That’s no slight on the integrity of the Tigers bowling, just a play on words!

Greedy Guptill!


Congratulations to New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill. During the course of his innings of 114 off 102 deliveries (10 fours, 6 sixes) in the first ODI against Australia in Sydney earlier today, the right-handed-batsman went past 5000 career ODI runs at an impressive average of 42.95. Unfortunately for Guptill and his teammates his efforts were in vain as Australia ran out winners by 68 runs.

Auckland ace Guptill was recently dropped from the Black Caps Test squad (See previous post: Guptill Gone)

… but he continues to churn out the runs at ODI level. Guptill only recently turned thirty so could yet have another few thousand ODI runs in him.

Guptill Gone!


New Zealand have dropped opening batsman Martin Guptill from their Test squad for the upcoming visit of Pakistan. Guptill will kick himself for having being run out when on 72 in New Zealand’s last Test against India as a fourth Test match century would surely have saved him from the axe. The thirty-year-old made scores of 56 and 128 not out in his most recent First Class turn out for Auckland but it wasn’t enough to save him from international omission. Guptill averages 42.35 with the bat in ODIs and 34.73 in T20Is. In the longest form of the game however and having had plenty of opportunities (47 Tests) Guptill’s average is 29.38 and that simply isn’t good enough to hold down a spot opening the batting in the Test arena. Guptill will be replaced in the squad by his domestic opening partner Jeet Raval. Guptill actually outscored Raval (84 and 19) in their last First Class match but 5156 First Class runs at 43.69 including fourteen centuries are the sort of numbers that the New Zealand selectors could no longer ignore. Raval was on the tour to India but didn’t make the final XI.

Todd Astle also returns to the frame for New Zealand and Colin de Grandhomme, capped in both limited overs formats earns a Test call-up too. Mark Craig and Mitchell Santner are amongst those injured for New Zealand whilst Jeetan Patel and Ish Sodhi are amongst the others to miss out for the Black Caps.