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Blackcaps' Cricket World Cup 'Colin Conundrum'

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27.05.2019

OPINION: Kane... present.

Ross... here. Trent... lovely.

Tim... down the back. Martin... yep.

Mitchell.. there you are.

Colin. Colin… Colin?

Often missing, but crucial when found, the two contrasting Colins could shape the Blackcaps' chances at the Cricket World Cup.

They're a couple of the most unglamorous names on the New Zealand roll-call and while they share the same moniker, Colin Munro and Colin de Grandhomme are a world apart.

Munro's style is a dystopian movie - he crashes and crunches his way through the streets, barreling this way and that, using his bat like a giant, swollen bulldozer.

Everyone is against him. As his bat thumps the ground, he eyes up the ball like it's a tiring piece of prey in a David Attenborough documentary.

Even his bowling, which is gentle medium pace at best, is ramped up and doused with kerosene. A chunky runup, harking back to the days when he once opened the attack, makes way to a flurry of variations - slow balls and cutters, and deliveries that grip and bounce and wobble, like they've been dragged through a cheese grater.

De Grandhomme is similarly destructive, but with a different demeanour. He often looks bemused after dispatching a delivery over cow corner for six.

It's like he's........

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