I think it's a recurring theme in the England selection that they're too easily captivated by the classical strokeplay of an up-and-coming batsman. In fairness to them, Ramprakash and Bell has plenty of runs on the board too, but there's no way they'd have been retained so long if it weren't for the mere aesthetics of their game (in Bell's case anyway). Getting out in a variety of different ways is in no way "better" than getting out the same way a lot.
I'd always want to see the runs on the board when it comes to picking batsmen. The key skills in batting- consistency, concentration, mental toughness- are demonstrated better by how many runs a player gets over a number of years than by watching them bat. Obviously you have to watch them bat too, but I'd certainly give the numbers a sizeable weighting. With bowling I'd be a hell of a lot less methodical.