Cricketing opportunity not to be missed
Cricket fans will get to see one of the greatest batsmen in English cricket when captain Alastair Cook takes to the crease with his team next week. The English team are spending four days in Queenstown playing the New Zealand XI as a warm-up to the first test match against the Black Caps in Dunedin. Queenstown Cricket Club manager Maurice Fordham said it was an exciting opportunity to see one of the best teams in the world. ‘‘They are number two in the world test rankings and they are definitely worth watching.’’ While it was a warm-up game to the test match in Dunedin next
Alastair Cook bats during the second match of the international Twenty20
series between New Zealand and England in
Napier last week. week, it would be played by international rules and there was likely to be plenty of action. ‘‘This is a great opportunity for the New Zealanders. These are the people on the verge of being selected for international play – the ‘‘B’’ team. Some of the players are being looked at for the future. They are getting to play against high quality opposition.’’ The squad of 18 English cricketers would also be out to impress selectors and reach the top 11. Preparing for the match was keeping club members busy and they would be running the score board and taking on a liaison role. He hoped the game signalled a move back to more international cricket in Queenstown. ‘‘We’re hoping that will start again next year with the West Indies but nothing is definite yet.’’
Left: English cricket captain Alastair Cook.