Fallen into the gap
Two rather contrasting warm-up matches for the Black Caps. In the first we dispatched Ireland by 32 runs – not a thrashing, but comfortable. In the second we were royally fucked by India by 117 runs.
They’re just warm-up matches, so we can’t put too much stock into the results. However, I feel that these two games pretty accurately reflect where we are at the moment. On the one hand, we should have no great fears of the minnows. We face Kenya, Zimbabwe and Canada in our pool, and losing to any of them would require a fairly monumental balls up. However, it is equally hard to picture the Black Caps beating the three good teams in our pool, Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. We have fallen so far off the pace. To win any of these three matches, someone is going to have to pull of something exceptional, such as Southee’s 5-for in Wellington or Ryder’s century in Auckland.
We’ve fallen into the gap between the minnows and the sharks.