Christchurch is no Kolkata...

Nathan Astle scored a match winning unbeaten 90 on Tuesday, only to find himself dropped for the next couple of games (to make room for Stephen Fleming, who missed the last two games).
Coach John Bracewell said a top-order player had to be sacrificed to make room for Stephen Fleming. That decision was made shortly after Astle steered New Zealand to victory with an unbeaten 90 in Christchurch on Tuesday.

"They are always tough decisions but I want to continue with the long-term planning toward the World Cup, which is developing a competitive squad in all positions," Bracewell said.

"We know that Nathan has the experience and we know that he has the skills, but we need to develop the depth to be competitive internationally."

Now why do those statements sound familiar? Too bad, Christchurch is no Kolkata and there is no Soumitra Chatterjee in Canterbury. Poor Astle would have to live with not having people go on a hunger strike outside his house.

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