Lizard wrote:I'm not sure that Cricinfo article is right that England is weak because of its domestic 1st class system and prioritizing of limited overs cricket. The same charges could be levelled at NZ, if not more so.
The County Championship has 18 First Class teams across 2 divisions, playing 14 matches or so apiece in normal times. The English test side plays about 14 times a year.
NZ's Plunket Shield has 6 teams, playing only 8 matches apiece. In the last normal season, played 2 rounds in October, 2 in December, and the rest in February and March. November was taken up by the One Day competition. January (the main summer holiday season when you might have time to go to a 4 day match) was occupied by T20.
Add to the above the fact that NZ plays fewer tests (about 9 a year) than every other test side except Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland.
Frankly, it's amazing that NZ can play test cricket at all, let alone to the level of the current crew.
It’s a top team, and they have done well at maximising often late developing talent, see Conway and Blundell for example.
Our domestic cricket which should be a strength is a weakness though, we produce results pitches for seamers, and batting techniques have been allowed to be odi dominated. I’m worried about the quality of player being churned out. Dibbly dobbly bowlers and batting technique focused on quick run scoring/quick fixes. It’s poor quality, as can be seen by how easy it is for overseas players to come and ply their trade without breaking sweat; in days gone by, they stayed for many seasons and raised the game of those around them. Not so much now.
Anyway, well played NZ, much better at everything.