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Up Front: Knights in White Flannel

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  • Alan Perrott,

    then there was Glenn Turner as a one day opener when he came back - he could play a lovely chip over the inner ring. ooo, matron.

    but I'm most frustrated by the string of early retirements, guys like Astle and Fleming should still be playing. Poss down to Bracewell, poss down to lack of tests, poss just bored with losing.

    even so, best time I've had watching us bat was at Eden Park when Chatfield got Smith thru to his ton. stirring in a comic fashion.

    and what's happened to Tuffey? Never seemed to play to his size, but got nice high bounce.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Dan Slevin,

    Rod Latham, I think?

    A favourite story about another of NZ's portly dashers, Richard Reid (1989-91). Picked as a slogger, opening with Martin Crowe, in his first overseas ODI at Sydney he was found out by Alderman and Bruce Reid, scoring 17 in an hour.

    After a couple of overs of playing and missing he wandered down to Crowe and said nonchalantly, "These guys are quite good, eh?" and wandered back to miss a few more.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    and don't forget Jock Edwards...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    Look at this; Iain O’Brien has a blog.

    here



    Enjoy it while it lasts; the administocrats in their suits will be bound to be around soon shutting it down.

    How often do you see a sportsman / coach with this kind of honesty?


    “**NZ vs Aust - Gabba - Day Three**
    ... and we're in the shit.”

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Look at this; Iain O’Brien has a blog.

    here

    Oh, cool, ta.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    Don't you think it's refreshing Emma?

    So devoid of your typical sporting cliches...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    It's a great find, LB, thank you. (Plus O'Brien was once nice to my son, so we're fans).

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Chapman,

    So Bracewell did better than 8th. Good luck to Moles he only has to do better than 5th :).

    The new coach Moles has a bit of rebuilding to do with regard to ODIs. On the test front though, the only was is up – we'll be 8th on the test table by the end of this series.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2008 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    and what's happened to Tuffey? Never seemed to play to his size, but got nice high bounce.

    Playing club cricket in Sydney a few months ago I think. 2nd XI or something.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    He's back playing for Auckland.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    He's back playing for Auckland

    Watch for NZC and Auckland Cricket to get into trouble for that.

    That’s quite a provocative move with India due here in a few months.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen,

    Thanks for the O'Brien heads up LegBreak! Looks like he'll be hanging around the international scene for the next few matches at least, but who would feel that safe with what happened to Mills?!

    Auckland • Since Apr 2008 • 47 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    Don’t get too excited about the O’Brien blog Stephen.

    The PR overlords have got to him, and strict censorship in place from now on.. After all, what right have we got to find out what a player really thinks?

    I’m really angry about this.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    The PR overlords have got to him

    That's not unusual in pro sports. Standard practice for anything these guys write to get put in front of the PR guy first, they probably just didn't know about this blog.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    And yet the administocrats wonder why the average fan feels increasingly disconnected from the sportsmen.

    There was nothing offensive in that blog at all. Just unedited honesty.

    With some swear words.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I suspect it'd probably be a coach that'd be as concerned as the PR guy that is causing the issues at the moment.

    Some of that honesty would no doubt be useful to current and future Black Caps opposition. That's what makes it interesting.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    As a footnote, Ian O'Brien is still blogging (daily during this test, not sure if his content has changed at all), his blog has moved into officialdom, and he's getting a link from the front page of cricinfo.com. Probably increasing his traffic 10-fold.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

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