Journalists are prone to hyperbole: the best ever, the greatest of all time, and the New Somebody are bandied about often. As for ‘what could have been’ – well, that’s where embellishment runs free. So for a writer to suggest what Eddo Brandes ‘could’ve been’ doesn’t mean much.
Read part one of the interview with Cumming here. It might’ve taken an injury to Michael Papps, but Craig Cumming had done well after getting a shot in five-day cricket: 74 on debut, promise against Sri Lanka. After that summer, however, having re-emerged as a one-day option and done alright in Test cricket, Cumming suddenly found … More Craig Cumming: ‘It’s the game that I love’ (part 2)
It’s early 2008, and both New Zealand openers are just barely holding onto their positions. At one end stands Matthew Bell; playing his first Test in six years, and proving something of a lightning rod for criticism. Bell, one can’t help but feel, could have been one of New Zealand’s best with just a hint … More Craig Cumming: ‘It’s the game that I love’ (part 1)
Michael Papps, two Crowes and a Hick. It sounds like the beginning of a very surreal ‘walk into a bar’ joke – in fact, it’s an eclectic quartet of batsmen with one mutual achievement. They’re the only four men to score 1000 runs in a Plunket Shield season. Or at least, they were the only … More Bharat Popli: ND’s new prodigy
Ian Blackwell’s record, Tim Wigmore once wrote, “made him arguably the best county all-rounder of the 2000s.” That record was very good: he played for a decade and a half, making over 11,000 First Class runs, averaging barely a shade under 40, and picking up over 600 wickets (across formats) to boot.
Dan McGrath sits down with former New Zealand wicketkeeper turned Wellington Community Cricket Manager Chris Nevin.
Scott Styris takes guard for the new over, while Shaun Tait retires from the bowling crease to be replaced by a young Mitchell Johnson. Filling in for the rested Glenn McGrath, Johnson is slightly less quick, somewhat less hostile, and significantly less coordinated than his 2013-14 incarnation. But today, the first ball is just about … More Peter Fulton: ‘I loved every minute’
1: You came into the South Australian side in the 2000-01 summer, aged just 17, having come through all the age-group levels. Coming through all those development sides, how had they prepared you for the step up to professional cricket, and what was the junior infrastructure like in South Australia at the time? Cameron Borgas: … More 20 Questions: Cameron Borgas
“We got hammered in the first Test, absolutely hammered. We were nowhere near good enough. Graham Gooch got 200, I’d never seen anyone get 200 before. … I remember at the end of that Test thinking, ‘how we are ever going to get this guy out?’ ” It was 1994, and Dion Nash was yet … More Dion Nash, ‘I decided I was going to prove them wrong’ (part 1)
Recently, I was fortunate enough to sit down with Wellington’s new coach, Bruce Edgar at the Wellington Firebirds’ training set-up at Westpac Stadium. Most of what we discussed will be coming shortly, in a feature piece discussing his career – from his playing days as a stoic opening bat, to coaching, being New Zealand selector, … More Bruce Edgar: Wellington coach