Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing

The Man in the Stand January 23, 2013, 8:53 pm

Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.

And there couldn't and won't be a clearer example of that truism than the extraordinary U-turn in the Black Caps' fortunes in South Africa.

Never mind the fact that all the intense criticism that our hapless outfit received after their atrocious two-test defeats by an innings each was deserved, this remarkable win in the limited-overs series will have blown away most of the storm clouds still circulating.

In brief, this victory is odds-on to achieve the following:

• The Ross Taylor saga will be put to bed. Any further analysis of NZ Cricket's mismanagement of the firing of our best batsman will fall on deaf ears.

• Captain Brendon McCullum, despite his blunders in the test series and despite his mediocre batting overall will have scrutiny on his leadership put on hold.

• Coach Michael Hesson will receive an immediate reprieve from any damning verdict coming his way if his team continued to perform as they did in the tests.

• Crowds will increase in size for the upcoming fixtures against England in the knowledge that fans aren't following such a hopeless cause that they expected.

• Confidence, the lifeblood of any happy team is certain to flow more freely amongst the Black Caps with the enhanced self-belief that this accomplishment will generate.

• This victory will also serve to consolidate the Black Caps' reputation that historically, they are more adept at and suited to the limited-overs versions of the game.

• I reckon that's not a bad thing given our reputation as a credible cricket-playing nation has recently come close to extinction. Sure, the truest test of the game is exactly that. Tests. But when one-dayers and T20's attract the biggest crowd and television-based revenues, at least this current Black Caps mob have redeemed their potential to pay their way in the short term at least.

• South African cricket will embark on just as torturous an examination from both themselves and their fans as the Black Caps and their supporters have been through. Especially given this is the first series loss to New Zealand in South Africa in any form of the game ever.

• Finally, McCullum and his team can now look forward to arriving at Auckland airport without having to sneak in at some early hour in the morning.

If you think this all seems too fanciful and exaggerated just because of a rare, one-off series win, then I think you're underestimating what such a victory can mean to a success-starved fan base.

Your thoughts please.

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  1. Ice03:52pm Thursday 31st January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    what a load of journalism claptrap.....the black caps have under delivered for so long and their players have been moddie-coddled by the media with one excuse following another that should actually be ashamed to be representing their country....In my opinion they need to establish a consistantly improving result base before anyone should give them any respect.....

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  2. ron04:50am Friday 25th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    H2H...SA will be more embarrassed losing twice to these chumps...

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  3. H2H01:05am Friday 25th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Hang on a minute, series maybe won but they could still embarrass themselves and their fans. One more one dayer to come isn't there?

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  4. The Chosen One07:17pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Another great win by the Black Caps....cough,cough,splutter,choke.

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  5. Wood07:15pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    For once i agree with the MITS. Winning is everything. Forget the PC #$%$ about participating etc. That is for loser generation. Winners go out to win and base their entire lives on winning. Losers make excuses and soak their pillow with tears.

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  6. 06:40pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    And now everything in the garden is rosey!! Yeah right

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  7. 03:12pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Cmon tommy! its not flukes, its natural owl

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  8. Tom Beethoven03:08pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    McCallum should stick to batting - that's all he knows (and often he's not so hot at that).The COACH is a poor COMMUNICATOR. Poor communicators can't achieve zilch!

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  9. tom03:05pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Oh dear.A new name for the Black Collapsers.The Fluke Caps.!!Spot on boys.(Jordon and ISSP)Spot on.These Flukers are dangling on a string made from Chinese cotton!!The rot started as soon they were picked!!(Hahaha--i like that!!!hahaha)OK you zomballs--begin your Prayers of Hope--unfortunately a rotten piece of Kiwifruit--just becomes more and more rotten!(wow!!I'm overdoing it today.Better have a tasty mutton and cheese/onion pie)

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  10. Hayley02:54pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Your observations are astute and right on the mark. The win will certainly (rightly or wrongly) paint over the cracks

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