Originally Posted by watson
Do you think that your favoured batting line-up of....
....would score more runs than a more conventional line-up? Such as;
If you do think that your unconventional line-up would score more runs then why not select it? After all, the main objective is to win the Test match, is it not?
I'd probably not actually bat them in that order; that was just an order of best to worst.
Sutcliffe from what I know would be less suited to move down the order than the rest, so I'd probably stick him in at opener and roll with:
I'm torn over whether I'd back that lineup to score more runs than one with May or Barrington in for Sutcliffe and a reshuffle though, for instance. Batting the openers out of position gives the team a higher ceiling (ie. if they take to it then it'll better than the alternative) but also a low floor (you increase the chance of outright failure by doing something largely unproven).