A mixed bag of a summer

April 6, 2010

New Zealand had an awkward cricketing summer which promised much but delivered mostly ifs, buts and maybes, writes Andrew Alderson in the Herald on Sunday.

How do the Black Caps replace, or at least formulate a back-up plan, if they lose Daniel Vettori? He may retire from the shorter game soon and step down from the leadership after the 2011 World Cup. His shoulder injury may need surgery mid-year.

Leadership options are limited. Vice-captain Ross Taylor will make an effective leader with experience and Brendon McCullum can’t be ruled out if the word “freelancer” is not heard. Vettori has been the saviour this summer, even with his various responsibilities. Equally important is his status off the field. He is respected by the players, media and public for his playing ability but also his thinking on the game which is articulate and canny.

One Comment to “A mixed bag of a summer”

  1. Tommo
    April 23rd, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

    It is all tabloid speculation. Just because Vettori is currently developing a free trade agreement with President Obama, before heading over to the Windies to help prepare pitches, manage bar staff and commentate the overs which he isn’t bowling – doesn’t mean his eye isn’t on the captaincy job.

    Failing Vettori, all-rounder Chris Martin is one of those charismatic individuals who could lead the test team, whilst Chris Harris (aged 97) is likely to make a come back for the upcoming T20 so we have options all over the park.

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