With NZ Crickets rather shallow talent pool, that said Zimbabwe has a currently worse one but that will change if stability and prosperity ever comes to that incredibly rich nation resorcewise, officials are again wrestling with a selection conundrum that is deja vu all over again.
Many times in my lifetime as a player albeit very low ranked and since as a tragic, the big question has been; a keeper who is the best available, a keeper who can bat a bit, one who is competent at both or a good batter who can 'take the gloves'.
Now the debate arises again with Reece Young being discarded from the team that knocked off the Ockers much to the chagrin of many Aussies, particularly the senile old William Lawry, and we will have two candidates front up for the NZ eleven against Rhodesia,sorry Zimbabwe, or should that be the Mugabe eleven as England used to be The MCC until test time.
My stance is the very best keeper available and I do not think that is Wattling as he has already made the national team as a batter and has now been given the gloves for this upcoming game.
It is not hard to accept that a missed catch from a batter who goes on to make a ton or worse makes the batting account of a keeper near insolvent.
Of course B J Wattling may be the best 'gloveman' around but I rate The Saffa van Wyk ahead at present.
General Debate 2 September 2014
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