Black Caps versus Baggy Greens

Today is one of the most anticipated games of cricket for some time, between New Zealand’s Black Caps and Australia’s Baggy Greens.

It’s not actually a critical game in the World Cup. Both teams are likely to have no problems getting through to the quarter finals – although if Australia lose today and also lose to Sri Lanka they might get a tougher opponent in the quarter finals.

Barring rain out’s in New Zealand’s remaining days they should finish first or second on their side of the draw, depending on today’s result.

There’s more interest than usual because while Australia are in dominating form New Zealand are looking stronger than they have for a long time.

On a neutral ground Australia would be clear favourites still but at Eden Park it evens the odds somewhat.

I’m looking forward to the game but have mixed feelings.

I have some confidence that the Black Caps will at least acquit themselves very well and stand a realsitic chance of winning.

But having been a follower of them for many years there remains a degree of trepidation that we could get clobbered by our trans-Tasman cobbers, something like South Africa demolished West Indies yesterday (if you haven’t heard the result de Villiers got 162 not out, West Indies got 151 all out).

So I’m looking forward to the game and have hopes it will be a very good Black Cap effort but athere’s a niggling worry.

Currently the forecast is “Sunny with afternoon sea breezes” so the Baggy Greens shouldn’t be handicapped a second time by being rained out.

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  1. Prediction

     /  28th February 2015

    Whoever wins the toss – WINS.

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    • More than most sports the toss can often be a potentially deciding factor in cricket. It’s not always ‘an even playing field’ with pitch and atmospheric conditions changing through the course of the game.

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    • Clarke has won the toss and Aussies will bat first – “the wicket looks fantastic, pretty even for both teams” – but McCullum says he would have bowled first.

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      • Pierre

         /  28th February 2015

        I’d have rather we batted first. The hitters of a team perform best when not chasing a large total – Kane is really our only outstanding batsman to chase (in my opinion, which is probably not worth much). BMac obviously would say we would have bowled first (else giving up valuable confidence to the Aussies) but I’d have hoped we would have batted (and preferably as well as the Saffers last night). Still, hoping Southee et al can get amongst their top order and keep the runs down (with help from Vettori during the middle overs).

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    • Mike C

       /  28th February 2015

      @Prediction. Your crystal ball gazing skills are clearly in need a bit of a service. LOL.

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      • Prediction

         /  28th February 2015

        @ Mike C. Oh well, there goes another hundy….I just hope my husband doesn’t find out 😦
        As Wayne’s mum is fond of telling me. “Always remember Tess, you’ll never win at the punt”

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        • Mike C

           /  28th February 2015

          @CrystalBallGazer. If you are a Kiwi then all is well in your world 🙂

          But if you’re from Ozzie … things are not quite so rosie. LOL.

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  2. Pierre

     /  28th February 2015

    I’m by the beach in sunny Takapuna and the day is looking good for the cricket (no clouds south either). Sadly I’ll miss the first part of the match as my sweet puss has been scrapping and needs to go to the vet (bleeding nose from the inside, not sure how she managed that). First looks to be a good place to finish as we might then get a non-test playing nation in the quarters.

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    • Pierre

       /  28th February 2015

      Just back from the vets – cat is ok (just pills to give her, ouch for me no doubt) and waddya know, the crickets going great 97/6. Lets hope we can keep the screws tightened and make a statement here.

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  3. Mike C

     /  28th February 2015

    What an incredible game thus far 🙂
    Wish I was at Mt Eden Park !!!

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  4. Phew, that ended up a bit code. But a special win over Australia.

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  5. Mike C

     /  28th February 2015

    Martin Crowe received a standing ovation this afternoon when he was inducted into the International Cricket Hall of Fame.

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    • bowling a maiden over

       /  28th February 2015

      Yes, and it’s great to see how well Marty’s looking!
      That ‘Sea Cucumber’ stuff he’s pushing appears to be working wonders 🙂

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