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Compton batted on a variety of wickets and for England his scoring rate did not match up to that of modern International demands. In fact, he scored so slowly that he was putting pressure on Cook and some of the other batsmen lower down. In Root, we have someone who is always looking to score and I think the selectors recognised this.
@364, I think you'll find Lumb bats at three in four day cricket.
@302, absurd! Opening with Bairstow makes about as much sense as opening with Anderson! And why haven't you got Trott in your team?
@294, Bairstow didn't play in any of the ODIs against NZ or the CT! But he has clearly been earmarked as the longterm replacement for Prior. He was the spare keeper on last winter's tours of India and NZ.
It's a big ask of Root. I would have gone with Compton initially up front & dropped Bell. But Flower will never drop Bell, no matter how inconsistent he has proved to be.
@289, if England start the Ashes with Root opening it wouldn't make sense to move him back down the order unless he struggles as an opener. Personally I don't think he's ready to open in Test cricket but if he does he should do so for at least the first three Tests before his position is reviewed.
@287, if Root does much bowling in the Ashes it'll mean England are struggling!
@284, you're hardly in a position to question other peoples knowledge of cricket if you don't think Compton is an opener! The question you should be asking yourself is "is Root ready to open in Test cricket?". Personally I don't think he is.
@376 GrouchoAs another user pointed out on here, he is one of the few batsmen in the team who cannot dictate or change events.If batsman are cashing in on a flat pitch, Bell is there filling his boots. If there is a collapse going on, Bell will be right in the middle of it. If Cook gets off to a flier, Bell follows suit. If Cook bogs down, so does Bell.
@199, what do you mean another player was given a chance and took it? England haven't played another Test since the two recent Tests at home to NZ so another player hasn't had an opportunity to take the chance to replace Compton!
@371 I dont understand the coaches obsession with Bell. Compton should be saying to Flower - why are you picking him instead of me? & Giles picks him cos he plays for Warwicks - there is no other good reason for him playing ODIs
@196, you drop Bairstow to accommodate Pietersen. Bairstow just hasn't had enough cricket recently. He was in the CT squad and didn't play and now he's rusty. He's had three innings since the last Test against NZ and failed to reach 30. You could argue that Pietersen is rusty as he's only had two innings recently but at least he scored heavily in those two innings.
@191, of course Root could be one of the best England players of all time but how does that justify dropping Compton? Root has done well in the middle order. Why move him? Bairstow has had just three innings since the last Test against NZ in which he's failed to reach 30. Meanwhile Compton has gone back to county cricket and scored runs.
@190, Compton has only played nine Tests and Root six. It's far too soon to write off Compton just as it's far too soon to decide that Root is "in a different class".
@187, I was extremely concerned by Flower's recent comment about Compton not being the next cab off the rank if England need a replacement number six. That implies that if Bairstow is injured or dropped he'll be replaced by Bopara, Morgan or Taylor. Ideally Compton should bat in the top three but I'd rather have him at six than Bopara, Morgan or Taylor.
@366Ian Bell continually slips under the radar (not a pun on his height).He's had an abysmal TWO years in test cricket, yet continues to retain his place.Don't even get me started on his ODI record.
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