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So was effectively a one-wicket win.

Fourth-innings chases: The '80s saga

NZ v Pakistan 3rd test 84/85

NZ needed 278 to win in the 4th innings (highest score of the match), and slumped to about 20/4 before Jeremy Coney and a young Martin Crowe put on a big partnership. Crowe was dismissed but Coney stayed in. A very young (unknown) fast bowler called Wasim Akram ran through much of the lower order and sent Lance Cairns to hospital (huge crack on the head with no helmet) before Coney and Ewen Chatfield (who made Glenn McGrath look like Don Bradman) became NZ heroes by putting on 50 runs to win the match. It says NZ won by TWO wickets but Cairns couldn’t bat in his state.

Fourth-innings chases: The '80s saga

One that should be there is NZ v Pakistan in Dunedin 1984/85.

NZ w

Fourth-innings chases: The '80s saga

That Australia 230/9 vs NZ in 87/88 should be in the losses. That LBW shout from Danny Morrison to Craig McDermott should be in the dictionary under “plumb”.

Fourth-innings chases: The '80s saga

Don’t forget Glenn Turner. He averaged heapd

My all-time Pakistan ODI XI

I’d try to find a place for Shahid Afridi. This team lacks a finisher and he’s one of the biggest hitters of all time as well as a decent leg spinner.
Babar Azam would be a good option too as Inzaman and MoYo were terrible runners between the wickets.

My all-time Pakistan ODI XI

Oops – 2 Indians. Doh

The Test match world XI

Brendan Taylor at 3 might struggle but this is a stronger bowling attack.

Azhar Ali (Pak)
Dimuth Karunaratne (SL)
Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe)
Steve Smith (Aus)
Virat Kohli (India)
Mushriqur Rahim (Bang) wk
Ben Stokes (England)
Ravi Jadeja (India)
Jason Holder (WI) c
Neil Wagner (NZ)
Kagiso Rabada (SA)

The Test match world XI

Those three were probably better bowlers (maybe Tyson was too), but I guess Bodyline has so much mystique attached to it and Larwood was such a big part of that. I read a biography on him a few years ago too – interesting story.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Yeah sorry. I only made the post and then noticed it said Aussie bowlers.

I would’ve liked to have seen Lillee (before my time). Apparently Hadlee loved Lillee’s action and tried to copy it.

I enjoyed watching Brett Lee at all full pace (much better in ODIs than tests) and of course McGrath was another master of his craft.

Aussie bowlers I could watch all day

As a Kiwi kid growing up in the 80s it has to be Hadlee – still the best bowler I’ve ever watched. He would toy with batsmen and his action worked perfectly. It was like watching a Roger Federer backhand – a thing of beauty and precision.

Next Wasim Akram and Shane Warne. They were just so exciting and it was great to watch reverse swing or unpredictable turn totally bamboozle batsmen – even though both destroyed many NZ batting lineups over the years.

Last of all seems a less common response, but I love watching Neil Wagner. He’s not tall, he’s not fast, he doesn’t get the new ball, but he runs in hard ball after ball and over after over
whether it is 50/5 or 650/5. Through strong will, determination and incredible fitness he’s turned himself into a world-class cricketer and he’s a great role model for kids today for the value of hard work. The game just feels different when he is at the top of his mark.

Aussie bowlers I could watch all day

You must be confident with only 10 players! A keeper would be handy.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Don’t need a specialist allrounder. This side has Wally Hammond as a very decent 5th bowler with Border and Steve Smith to provide part-time spin.

Hobbs
Hutton
Bradman (c)
Smith
Hammond
Border
Gilchrist
Warne
Larwood
Barnes
McGrath

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Where’s WG Grace? The bloke was arguably the 3rd greatest cricketer of all time behind Bradman and Sobers.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Oops Warner for Woodfull in Australia

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter W

These days you’d want a better batting keeper. Watling averages 40 and is a gun gloveman. Easy choice.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter W

BJ Watling – best keeper batsman of the 2010s

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter W

Updated team:

Woodfull, Worrell, WILLIAMSON, Walcott, Weekes, Waugh, BJ WATLING (wk), Akram, Warne, Waqar, Walsh

Neither Bob Willis nor Neil Wagner can break into that quality bowling attack.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter W

Re Coronavirus the Wallabies should be modelling social distancing as they’re exceptionally good at it. They’ve stayed away from the Bledisloe Cup for years.

Super Rugby on hold: Try of the year? Try of the year!

And Martin Crowe got dismissed for 299 vs Sri Lanka – just tried to run a single through an empty slip cordon and got caught by the keeper.

The 99 club

Re Patel’s 99, he never scored a test century and was actually run out going for the third!

The 99 club

NZ v England 2014. McCullum declared setting England 470 and England finished 320ish/9. Matt Prior was bowled without the bails dislodged and went on to make a century. Usually McCullum’s declarations were aggressive, but that one sure wasn’t.

Three famous declarations in cricket history

Anyway this is a time I’m normally in church – I should try to be a bit more spiritual than discussing cricket tests from almost 20 years ago!

Three famous declarations in cricket history

Yeah it was the same series – 1st test. Chris Cairns (talking of dodgy players) had Langer absolutely plumb in the 1st over then Langer and Hayden put on 200 for the 1st wicket. Also the Kiwi opener was Matthew Bell (not David) as it says in the article.

Actually a few months (2001) later NZ won a great test against England (with a declaration) with play continuing under lights for quite a long time. It was red ball day night cricket years before the pink ball was dreamed of. 3rd test vs England 2002? at Eden Park, Auckland.

Three famous declarations in cricket history

I agree. I had a lot of time for him. Unfortunately he couldn’t resist temptation.

Three famous declarations in cricket history