Originally Posted by rvd619323
I deny that Bailey is a specialist captain. Name one middle order batsman more qualified than him (and by that I don't mean top-4-pushed-down-the-order ala Dave Hussey, I mean a legitimate 5 or 6 batsman).
His T20i record has him averaging 25+ at a SR >130, which is similar to his domestic record. He is a pretty good short-form batsman, we just perceive him as too slow because we want an order involving 6 reincarnations of Shane Watson.
I'm not sold. Would you really take Bailey over, for example, Shane Watson as a no 5/6 batsman?
Guys who turn the strike over do have their place in T20s, but I wouldn't select one over a big hitter purely on principle ie I'd take 6 big hitters if the 5th and 6th ones were "better" than the accumulators.
Now obviously "better" would be hard to quantify given that they perform different roles. It all comes down to the selector, I guess. A Dave Hussey sort of player is definitely an option for the #5/6 role though, regardless of him being a "specialist top 4 batsman."
(I hope I haven't paraphrased Cribb here, but from what I read he seemed to be disagreeing for another reason).