May 2008


Strewth! Having spent the best part of three days preparing to eat humble pie after labelling the Kiwi’s a one-man-band, England manage to engineer a reversal of fortunes to rival its own calamitous dash to defeat in Adelaide last December.

You have to hand it to the Kiwis though. Written off by pretty much everyone, they have managed to scrap well enough in the two tests so far to put themselves in decent positions, and have played some wonderful attacking cricket. Experience told at Old Trafford though.

For those of us (let’s face it, pretty much all of us) who needs an introduction to the touring Kiwi crucket side, the Beige Brigade has commissioned a special report.

It feels like I’ve been watching the second leg of a Champions League game today – so soon has it come after the winter trip to the land of the long white cloud. I like the Kiwis, but they will be pushing the proverbial up a hill as this Kiwi side that has even less class about it than the last time. New Zealand and Brendon McCullum are about as close to a one man international side as it gets, and if the Kiwis are going to have chance of winning any Tests in England this summer they’ll need Oram, Vettori and Martin to be on absolute top form to make up for the rest. I hope someone surprises me, or it’ll be a very one sided series.

England need to find top form against the Kiwis and gain maximum confidence by dishing out a drubbing before going into the series against the Saffas. That’ll be a far stiffer challenge.