I don't know the exact nitty gritty of it but I think it was them preferring malan at #3? Malan made his 100* in NZ in nov 2019 and root's last game was mid 2019. Maybe root was being rested, malan made runs in his place and they just prefered letting root focus on test and ODI with the ODI wc around the corner?i know Root doesn't qualify for this discussion but why have they dropped him for t20? he's the best batsman in all 3 formats in the world imo!
Hard to fit him in when he refuses to make runs or bat above 5 and we have Mitchell+Blundell at 5 and 6. If he moved up to 3/4 earlier (which he's done now for NZ a FYI) and made runs like he has at 5/6 he would have been a shout for Nicholls spot (realistically not given how the selectors backed him, but a man can dream.I always find it strange that Tom Bruce has 4800 first class runs at 49, and can’t even get in the conversation for a test spot. At almost 32 I don’t think he ever will either. (Insert joke about him just reaching NZ selection age)
Bairstow's resurgence in Tests was glorious but probably not long-standing enough to quite be in the conversation with the others IMO. We'll see how he goes in Tests on his comeback. Kohli is a shout too if he finally rediscovers his Test form after breaking the duck too, but obviously not yet after one knock.Forgot Bairstow and Rohit.
One of Babar, Conway, Bairstow, and Rohit.
Bairstows made more hundreds since his return in the last ashes than Conway has in his entire career. If Conway is in the convo then Bairstow should be aswell.Bairstow's resurgence in Tests was glorious but probably not long-standing enough to quite be in the conversation with the others IMO. We'll see how he goes in Tests on his comeback. Kohli is a shout too if he finally rediscovers his Test form after breaking the duck too, but obviously not yet after one knock.
I'd probably go with Babar at this stage.
Peak Nicholls was pretty damn good tbh, but all too brief.Nicholls playing over Bruce in particular has been absolutely horrendous selection. Current Bruce is comfortably better than peak Nicholls anyway IMO. Fire Stead, etc.
Bruce averages 90 and a half over the past two home seasons (19 matches). Considering he shares the same flaws of not being able to buy a run away (in limited appearances tbf), batting #5, and bullying Plunket-standard attacks, then...Peak Nicholls was pretty damn good tbh, but all too brief.
I think if Bruce had batted #4 in the past few seasons for similar results and we had a different coach, he would be in the squad.