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    January 26, 2007

    Adieu Astle

    Nathan Astle today joined this winter's summer's other retirees, Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, and lots of others.

    Unfortunately he has not yet confirmed his retirement from book cricket. If he does, then he's assured a spot at the top of the order in the All-Star ODI side. It's arguable whether or not he'd make the Test side ahead of Mark Richardson and Michael Slater. New Zealand haven't had many good openers in recent years, and two of them have now retired!

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    Wait. I don't get this. He says "Once I had made the decision that I would not be going to the World Cup, for the sake of the team, I needed to go as soon as possible to make way for another player."

    And he's put New Zealand in a wonderful situation where they have something like 8 and 11 games (assuming they get to the finals and drag it to the third game) to figure out who should replace Astle either as an opener or in some sort of batting capacity.

    If this isn't great timing, then I'll have to agree with David Lloyd that his backside was indeed a fire engine.

    By Blogger Jagadish (27-Jan-2007, 1:48:00 AM)  

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