Today, Paul Collingwood has been named back in the England Test line-up. This is in spite of the fact that he hasn't actually played a long-form innings since being dropped, so what form are they gauging him to have? A couple of half-decent LO innings, that is all. Now this in itself is perhaps more a reflection of England's selection policy, the same one that saw Strauss recalled for New Zealand away. But it got me thinking.
Now CW seems to have a consensus on whether your team selection in different forms should be entirely independent from each other (though it is something else I'd like to discuss in future itbt). However, it is slightly different if a batsman is recalled in one form after showing form in the other.
For example, let's say Pietersen was dropped for Tests because he had a run of poor form, but was then selected for the ODI side. In the tournament he was selected for, he plays well, finishing with an average in the 60s. There is a Test series one month later? Do you recall him, even though he has played no FC innings since being dropped from Tests?