Crick­et­ing op­por­tu­nity not to be missed

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

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.

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