FB has no idea why England are playing New Zealand now. (See this is the kind of punditry that gets them talking - usually about something else). Not that he has anything against New Zealand but the sides last met in March which is so recent that even FB remembers it. England of course went to NZ on the back of a convincing thrashing of India and, complacently denying that they were complacent, complacently underestimated their opponents and got away with a drawn series by the skin of their teeth.
|Hamish Rutherford's Test debut|
FB is looking forward to seeing how NZ opener Hamish Rutherford performs. A man could barely make up a more Scottish name. There must be Border Riever genes there and Rutherford has had a few seasons in his real homeland having done stints at Scottish clubs Stenhousemuir and Ayr.
Rutherford burst onto the Test scene in March with 171 on debut against England. Hamish's father Ken, a former NZ skipper, had a more measured start to his test career. It took him 17 innings to accumulate the number of runs that his son managed in one visit. The younger generation you see - not prepared to wait.
Rutherford takes the field with no fewer than 4 other players who have similarly made a century on their Test debut. FB is sure that this is a record, even if it is only for Test at Lords in May.
Rutherford's team mate Kane Williamson made 131 at Ahmedabad in November 2010 to mark his arrival. And there three maiden centurions in England's ranks - Jonathan Trott - 119 against Australia at the Oval in August 2009, Matt Prior - 126* against the West Indies at Lords in May 2007 and Alistair Cook - 104* at Nagpur in March 2006.
Although FB has been unable to trace any familial relation between Ernest and Hamish - that is the legacy of the fine Scottish name that Hamish has to live up to.
FB wishes him well.