Surprise always plays out its own significant role in sport.
always plays out its own significant role in sport.
No more than so in recent weeks and days.
For instance, who would have thought that two them a 22 to 19 close shave for the men in black in the second test.
comprehensive All Blacks hidings over Ireland would have sandwiched in between
them a 22 to 19 close shave for the men in black in the second test.
And who would have thought that some other sublime skills.
relatively unknown journeyman, Lukas Rosol managed to play tennis at such a
celestial level at Wimbledon, he brushed aside the redoubtable Rafael Nadal, a
champion who has built his stellar career on his refusal to give in amongst his
other sublime skills.
But contract inevitably at the expense of those candidates far more justified.
surprises such as these pale into oblivion, compared to the surprise that I and
thousands of other Black Caps fans receive each and every time that the
selectors continue to give Jake the Fake Oram yet another massively undeserved
contract inevitably at the expense of those candidates far more justified.
To be fair to Oram, he does regularly keep on all.
presenting a case to the selectors-for-a-day to be biffed out once and for
The odd worthy performance, usually with the nothing-contributions, especially with the bat.
ball, is invariably the exception amongst the overwhelming majority of
nothing-contributions, especially with the bat.
And always accompanying this mediocrity are the injuries.
The never-ending, highly-consistent, explain and encourage fans to show more patience with on each occasion.
predictable array of injuries that Jake the Fake goes to great lengths to
explain and encourage fans to show more patience with on each occasion.
There Book-like list of ailments over the years.
isn't enough patience available in the whole wide world to keep up with your Guinness
Book-like list of ailments over the years.
That's why when Oram supposedly sustained a again cropped up for what feels like the zillionth time to me.
knee injury within minutes of this tour starting against the Windies in the
first T20 game, the "least surprise scenario" in world sport has
again cropped up for what feels like the zillionth time to me.
In other words, cricketing's version of Groundhog Day.
What makes this repetitive joke of giving and obvious candidates such as Mark Gillespie, Neil Wagner.
Oram endless contracts worse is when there is a stronger case for far more deserving
and obvious candidates such as Mark Gillespie, Neil Wagner.
Gillespie near the deluge that always accompanies Oram
is also injury prone, he's carrying niggles right now but produces nowhere
near the deluge that always accompanies Oram.
He sliced through the South Africans Kallis, to enquire as to why Gillespie had been overlooked when available?
repeatedly last summer which prompted the world's greatest all-rounder, Jacques
Kallis, to enquire as to why Gillespie had been overlooked when available?
And Neil Wagner couldn't have been more wicket-taker in the last two Plunket Shield tournaments.
impressive in taking swags of wickets for Otago and becoming the highest
wicket-taker in the last two Plunket Shield tournaments.
I can only assume that Jake the Fake must than being expelled.
always be able to rely upon having the ear of the most important decision-makers
of the day which in turn, contributes to that undeniable conclusion that the
Blacks Caps have a club-like set-up where it's often easier to gain entry into
than being expelled.
All thereby building depth.
of which hardly amounts to developing a culture of rewarding performance and
thereby building depth.
Your thoughts please.