Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Chris Who??
#1
https://birminghambears.com/news/bears-l...for-blast/

Do I detect a faint whiff of desperation?
Views on here are my own; but you can keep up-to-date with County Cricket at http://deepextracover.com/
Reply
#2
He's played in the Big Bash and has just finished playing in Canada. Seems to have reasonable stats for T20 (economy 6.79, average 28). Often it's the lesser-known overseas players that can have a bigger impact than the big names. Let's hope he does well for us.
Proud to be a Bear
Reply
#3
Just educating myself here about the new man:
https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/...hris-green
He's got just the experience we need:
"I count myself so lucky to have spent two seasons in the Pakistan Super League, even though I haven't played a game in it. I got to sit at breakfast with Kumar Sangakkara, Brendon McCullum, and Kevin Pietersen."
Good to know also about "his seemingly innocuous bowling, his glistening smile and slick hair, his perfectly curated Instagram feed, and his jet-setter lifestyle."
Obviously the man for the job.

Cynical, moi?
Views on here are my own; but you can keep up-to-date with County Cricket at http://deepextracover.com/
Reply
[-] The following 1 user Likes Terry's post:
parkfield bear
#4
To be fair, his bowling stats are pretty good, though it's taken him 57 matches to get 44 wickets.
But is he that much better than Alex Thomson?  Unless the Bears are going to play three off-spinners, Thomson may well be the one left out; but he was one of the few successes against the Foxes; and on Sky, Paul Farbrace was praising his all-round skills.
Anyway, his conversational skills acquired at breakfast with the stars may well be useful this evening as he and his new team-mates watch the rain come down.
Views on here are my own; but you can keep up-to-date with County Cricket at http://deepextracover.com/
Reply
#5
Looks like Thomson will make way for him, which I believe is really sad given the promising performances against Yorkshire and Leicestershire.
Reply
#6
I'd like to see us play three spinners. It can be pretty effective in T20.
Proud to be a Bear
Reply
#7
(09-08-2019, 11:20 AM)Exiled Bear Wrote: I'd like to see us play three spinners. It can be pretty effective in T20.

Let's hope so - but three off-spinners?
Views on here are my own; but you can keep up-to-date with County Cricket at http://deepextracover.com/
Reply
#8
It has been known to work for other teams hasn't it? If, as Farbrace suggests, he often bowls in the powerplay, then we could probably make three spinners work.
Proud to be a Bear
Reply
#9
(09-08-2019, 11:39 AM)Exiled Bear Wrote: It has been known to work for other teams hasn't it?
Maybe - examples?
Views on here are my own; but you can keep up-to-date with County Cricket at http://deepextracover.com/
Reply
#10
Lancashire a couple of years ago had Parry, Lilley and Croft. I know one of them is a left arm bowler, but it can work.
Proud to be a Bear
Reply
#11
Green played for Toronto Nationals in the Canadian T20 Tournament whcih has just finished - alongside Brendon McCullum and Calum Macleod.  The Warwickshire connections could well have led him to us.

He did quite well in Canada.  TN's joint leading wicket taker (quite cheaply) - and a decent run record, batting at 7.
You can take the boy out of Atherstone, but you can never take Atherstone ........... !
Reply
#12
(09-08-2019, 01:45 PM)Bald Reynard Wrote: Green played for Toronto Nationals in the Canadian T20 Tournament whcih has just finished - alongside Brendon McCullum and Calum Macleod.  The Warwickshire connections could well have led him to us.

He did quite well in Canada.  TN's joint leading wicket taker (quite cheaply) - and a decent run record, batting at 7.

You could be right about the Warwickshire connections - more breakfast time conversations.

And I agree that he did pretty well on the pitch.  I sincerely hope that he delivers for the Bears - they need a boost.
Views on here are my own; but you can keep up-to-date with County Cricket at http://deepextracover.com/
Reply
#13
He could also have been recommended to us by Agar - I'm not sure how well they know each other but they've both played in the Big Bash.
Proud to be a Bear
Reply
#14
(09-08-2019, 11:41 AM)Terry Wrote:
(09-08-2019, 11:39 AM)Exiled Bear Wrote: It has been known to work for other teams hasn't it?
Maybe - examples?

Last year Lancashire reached the semi-final with a largely spin attack.  Last season at Edgbaston all five Lancashire bowlers (Croft, Parkinson, Watt, Zahir Khan, Lilley) were spinners.  It didn't work that evening, since they only had 102 to bowl at (Poysden and Patel conceded 33 off their 8) but the policy got them to Finals Day.
More recently, whilst Ackermann was tweaking seven out at Grace Road, thirty miles further south, Northants restricted Durham to 124 off 20 with three slow bowlers bowling 12 of those overs. 
If you go for that policy, it's best to have the right type of pitch, of course, but it's a growing trend and perhaps Birmingham/Warwickshire are catching up.
Instead of judging Green on the facts that he's a South African who's played for Surrey twos, perhaps we should wait and see what he can do. 001_302
Reply
#15
Is this kind of signing which excites the fans? Are we really that hard up ? We needed a batsman not a average spinner.
Reply
#16
(09-08-2019, 03:02 PM)Exiled Bear Wrote: He could also have been recommended to us by Agar - I'm not sure how well they know each other but they've both played in the Big Bash.

Probably not.  Agar plays for Western Australia & Perth Scorchers and Green plays for New South Wales & Sydney Thunder in the Bash - great rivals - but I suppose cricketers can rate their opponents !
You can take the boy out of Atherstone, but you can never take Atherstone ........... !
Reply
#17
(09-08-2019, 05:04 PM)Austinbull Wrote:
(09-08-2019, 11:41 AM)Terry Wrote:
(09-08-2019, 11:39 AM)Exiled Bear Wrote: It has been known to work for other teams hasn't it?
Maybe - examples?

Last year Lancashire reached the semi-final with a largely spin attack.  Last season at Edgbaston all five Lancashire bowlers (Croft, Parkinson, Watt, Zahir Khan, Lilley) were spinners.  It didn't work that evening, since they only had 102 to bowl at (Poysden and Patel conceded 33 off their 8) but the policy got them to Finals Day.
More recently, whilst Ackermann was tweaking seven out at Grace Road, thirty miles further south, Northants restricted Durham to 124 off 20 with three slow bowlers bowling 12 of those overs. 
If you go for that policy, it's best to have the right type of pitch, of course, but it's a growing trend and perhaps Birmingham/Warwickshire are catching up.
Instead of judging Green on the facts that he's a South African who's played for Surrey twos, perhaps we should wait and see what he can do. 001_302

I agree that we need to wait and see; but I still haven't seen the evidence of three off-spinners in the same team being successful. In that Lancashire match last year, the two Lancs off-spinners went at almost ten an over.
I'd love to see an Imran Tahir (or even a Josh Poysden) in the team. I'm sure that, on Sunday, Parkinson will be a force to be reckoned with for Lancs. 
Unless the pitch is right in the middle (which it probably won't be at Edgbaston because of pitches used for international fixtures), if you have three bowlers turning the ball the same way, at least one of them will be spinning the ball towards a short boundary.
Anyway, I hope I'm wrong.  And maybe on Sunday, we will at last see the secret weapon of Dom Sibley's leg breaks matching those of Parkinson.
Views on here are my own; but you can keep up-to-date with County Cricket at http://deepextracover.com/
Reply
#18
(09-08-2019, 05:04 PM)Austinbull Wrote:
(09-08-2019, 11:41 AM)Terry Wrote:
(09-08-2019, 11:39 AM)Exiled Bear Wrote: It has been known to work for other teams hasn't it?
Maybe - examples?

Last year Lancashire reached the semi-final with a largely spin attack.  Last season at Edgbaston all five Lancashire bowlers (Croft, Parkinson, Watt, Zahir Khan, Lilley) were spinners.  It didn't work that evening, since they only had 102 to bowl at (Poysden and Patel conceded 33 off their 8) but the policy got them to Finals Day.
More recently, whilst Ackermann was tweaking seven out at Grace Road, thirty miles further south, Northants restricted Durham to 124 off 20 with three slow bowlers bowling 12 of those overs. 
If you go for that policy, it's best to have the right type of pitch, of course, but it's a growing trend and perhaps Birmingham/Warwickshire are catching up.
Instead of judging Green on the facts that he's a South African who's played for Surrey twos, perhaps we should wait and see what he can do. 001_302

Following on from what you said Terry, I've been doing a bit of checking up on Green.  You're right, a South African born 'Australian', but he has a British passport (significant if he's successful in the T20 and we want to sign him for next season ?!).  He's also Guyana Captain in the Caribbean Premier League, so has some cricket pedigree:-

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/...hris-green
You can take the boy out of Atherstone, but you can never take Atherstone ........... !
Reply
#19
(09-08-2019, 05:13 PM)pepper Wrote: Is this kind of signing which excites the fans? Are we really that hard up ? We needed a batsman not a average spinner.

Your challenge is to do better than Mr Farbrace and find a batsman who excites the fans, preferably one who can be at Edgbaston for midday Sunday with all documentation complete.
Reply
#20
(09-08-2019, 05:50 PM)Bald Reynard Wrote:
(09-08-2019, 05:04 PM)Austinbull Wrote:
(09-08-2019, 11:41 AM)Terry Wrote:
(09-08-2019, 11:39 AM)Exiled Bear Wrote: It has been known to work for other teams hasn't it?
Maybe - examples?

Instead of judging Green on the facts that he's a South African who's played for Surrey twos, perhaps we should wait and see what he can do. 001_302

Following on from what you said Terry, I've been doing a bit of checking up on Green.  You're right, a South African born 'Australian', but he has a British passport (significant if he's successful in the T20 and we want to sign him for next season ?!).  He's also Guyana Captain in the Caribbean Premier League, so has some cricket pedigree:-

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/...hris-green

I think Green could well earn a contract for next season, if he performs in the T20.  We must be looking for succession to Jeets and Green could well have the background to fill his boots.  We shall see, but I for one will be watching him very closely in the next few weeks.
"The only Good Banker .......... is a Lickey Banker"
Reply


Forum Jump:


Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)