Originally Posted by Pup Clarke
The phrase 'experience' is just so overrated and meaningless to the present. Bottom line is he isn't getting runs, doesn't look like getting runs and hasn't for ages. It's like should we be asking Bairstow to average 60 in FC cricket in order to displace a guy who is seriously struggling? Absolutely not.
Disagree with you on the experience side of things, but I do agree that he has to score runs to earn his place in the team. A player that has put in enough good performances in the past (depending how far back the past is considered) deserves a bit of leeway when his form does dip.
When a team such as Australia were at their peak they were asking fringe Test players to average 60 in first-class cricket over a period of time, not just in one season, so I'd have no issues in keeping Bairstow on the sidelines for now, but Bell does need to get back to scoring big runs.