Yeah, I reckon that Ramdin is good enough to play at seven.
I think Ramdin would be good enough at 7 if he had some players with balls below him like Hauritz, Johnson and Siddle. But not with what he has currently.
Would have to disagree Ramdin is good enough to bat @ 7 in tests ATM. I dont think he is 30+ average batsman right now, which is the minium for a keeper to be able to bat @ 7 in tests.
Maybe down the line as he gets older, but in a full-strenght WI team right now he is test match # 8.
Yeah, whenever I've seen Ramdin bat he's looked way below Test standard. Seems to be in better form recently though.
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Over the last year he's averaged quite more than 30.
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Ramdin would be a fair enough number 7 if there was a proper 6 above him, but with a batsman who averages 30 above and little to follow him, it's iffy.
Having him in the top six weakens our batting, unfotunately. So, IMHO, he either bats at seven, or he's dropped. Otherwise, dropping Nash and keeping Bravo in the top six weakens our batting. Should we do a comparison of last 15 innings, and compare it to Bravo's last 15 innings?
If Bravo's in the side for his bowling, he should take up a slot that is more comensurate with this emphasis on his bowling.
Personally, I think Bravo should bat at seven, and Ramdin at eight. Ramdin averages 25 with the bat in Test cricket, which is not good enough for a number seven batsman, IMHO....
To me, Deonarine for Nash would weaken the batting. Yes, Deonarine has made runs at first-class level in the Caribbean, but he failed to impress with the bat against Queensland. I think it would be a mistake to drop Nash under those circumstances.
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On the Ramdin issue, I was impressed with his batting in the first innings at Brisbane, he does look as though he may be making strides towards becoming a decent Test batsman, but at this moment in time I think he'd be best served in the number 8 position. I think as Matt79 suggests, perhaps he is just being exploited in the number 7 slot because of the lack of support dierctly above him.
Ramdin so far averages just over 40 for 2009, and without taking anything away from him, he cashed in on the absolute featherbed, Kensington Oval, against England when team totals were 600-6 dec, 749-9 dec, and 279-2 dec, and made his highest Test score of 166, and his only Test century to date.
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