As you say we are also integrating a couple of new players into the side at the moment, so ideally we will keep the experience of a Bell around the side. But I do think Bell should be much better than a guy that just manages to hold onto his place.
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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.
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Today's dismissal I would say was very tame, wouldn't say it was necessarily an inexcusable shot, but the execution of it he'll be disappointed with for sure.
Yes absolutely fair play to KP today for knuckling down and denying himself his usual flambuoyant game. Could be a crucial knock come the end of this series.
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.
That's not really a valid comparison when you consider who those players were trying to displace.
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Can't have been that recent, when was it?
He needs a kick up the arse, simple as that.
Anyway, always had a lot more time for Bell and he did play some really fine innings last year, the Trent Bridge one was really special even when you consider the opposition.
I would give him the first couple of tests against New Zealand, he has few reasons to complain if they do drop him before that though.
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If he's not really out of touch yet putting up these sorts of numbers (and looking like them too) then that suggests more "not good enough", no?
Amazing how Herath has improved his numbers. Was averaging 35 not too long ago. Don't have the highest hopes for Watson against him either
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