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Yeah I didn’t think either should have been dropped. Burns especially.Burns had about five decent seasons on the bounce before he was picked. He probably still is the best option but runs are the only currency at Test level and he's only done marginally better than the other guys. Sibley deserved his selection and started superbly but really fell away when teams choked off his scoring options. But even then his legside game was worked out when teams played a short midwicket because he tended to chip the shot off his legs a little.
They've been the two best openers in the CC and have both fallen short.
The thing about Compton averaging 87 over a half-season is that if he averaged 20 until the end of 2023, he’d still be averaging 40+ over the two years. Which would itself probably be enough to justify selection if there’s an opening at opener. So waiting for him to prove it doesn’t really make sense.