Thursday, 15 February 2007

First Chappell-Hadlee preview

First an apology. Mike on Cricket has been a bit quiet lately. Life has become very complicated thanks to a staggering number of births, deaths and marriages happening around me. Since I am getting married next week myself, this is only likely to get worse.

Anyway. Onto the serious stuff. The first Chappell-Hadlee match to be played in Wellington tomorrow. I will be there. And the weather has been so nice lately that I am confident the forecast for southerlies and possible showers is not going to have too much of an impact on the game. In my opinion the match is much more likely to be affected by idiotic groundskeeping. The cricket on Friday is to be followed by another of the endless and increasingly meaningless Super 14 rugby matches on Saturday. And yesterday's Dominion-Post (article not online unfortunately) seemed to indicate that the groundsman is more concerned about making sure the wicket block is soft enough for rugby than he is about making sure it is a good, hard wicket for cricket. According to the paper he has been watering it daily to make sure those delicate rugby players won't damage themselves on its hard surface.

In other news Ross Taylor moves up to number three in the batting order and Daryl Tuffey is likely to play. It will be particularly interesting to see how Tuffey copes with the pressures of international cricket after his meltdown and breakdown two years ago, and to see how he copes with the reception a rowdy crowd will no doubt give him. People have long memories for sex scandals and I have already received a couple of joke emails containing references to milkshakes and video cameras.

1 comment:

Abhishek said...

Don't know if your future wife would like to refer to cricket as the "serious stuff", especially as your wedding is next week!