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    Horses for courses: Batsmen

    It is a pretty accepted thing for teams to chop and change bowlers depending on conditions, for example if you go to India teams will pick at least one more spinner and sometimes two. However batsmen seem to be expected to be the same regardless of conditions. Why don't teams have specialist batsmen (or change their orders) for conditions more often? Specifically Moeen Ali to open for England in UAE which has been mooted, this seems like a great idea to me to get another spinner in the side and have a decent player of spin up the order. Why is the disconnect so great though between batting/bowling?
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    Best example of it is McCullum moving himself up to open in the UAE last time; a great move.

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    Yeah, I am not saying every team should do it for every pitch just it seems to be something teams reject out of hand when there could be benefits.

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    If I was an Indian selector I'd probably play Dhawan in the SC,then Rahul and Viijay opening outside of there.


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    My favourite type of specialists are the ones who specialise in piling on the runs against crap opposition. Teams from the subcontinent tend to have plenty of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    My favourite type of specialists are the ones who specialise in piling on the runs against crap opposition. Teams from the subcontinent tend to have plenty of these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJammyTurtle View Post
    If I was an Indian selector I'd probably play Dhawan in the SC,then Rahul and Viijay opening outside of there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 91Jmay View Post
    It is a pretty accepted thing for teams to chop and change bowlers depending on conditions, for example if you go to India teams will pick at least one more spinner and sometimes two. However batsmen seem to be expected to be the same regardless of conditions. Why don't teams have specialist batsmen (or change their orders) for conditions more often? Specifically Moeen Ali to open for England in UAE which has been mooted, this seems like a great idea to me to get another spinner in the side and have a decent player of spin up the order. Why is the disconnect so great though between batting/bowling?
    Yeah teams need to do this more often. No idea why the disconnect exists.

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    Nice idea in theory but you have to have enough batsman to shuffle. If Ali opens in the UAE it's not really horses for courses or to get a second spinner in, it's a desperate measure because of a lack of options.



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