Like a long-running soap opera that keeps producing improbable plot twists, the fall-out from the New Zealand cricket captaincy change keeps on keeping on.
The infamous meeting in Ross Taylor’s hotel room, the one that featured 4 people yet 4 million people are experts on it, occurred in Mid-November. Yet here we are in April and it is still shouting away in the corner of the room.
Public support before Christmas was almost entirely on Taylor’s side. It was seen as treacherous to point out that it was a coach’s right to appoint his captain, and that national boards should not be involved in such appointments.
It seemed to be going away when Shane Bond, who was also not in that hotel room, had his strange innuendo-driven letter to NZ cricket leaked to the media. Was this in anyway constructive or helpful to the team of which he is the bowling coach?
In his words “Mmmm, nah”.
Finally the long awaited England tour came along, and produced the most tightly fought, high quality, and enthralling test series in this country for decades. And but for some dropped catches on the final day and the bails not falling off when the ball hit the stumps, New Zealand would have come out of the series victorious.
The feature of this series was at last we had a New Zealand side that was playing with consistency and discipline and were led with authority and imagination.