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We are willing to do it, because Crawley and almost everyone of the specialist openers since Cook retired and many partnered with Cook after Strauss have been mediocre or worse. Whilst Foakes over the last year has been a purely excellent Wicket-keeper bat. Despite talk about Bairstows earlier wicket-keeping form with the bat, the fact is the form that made Bairstow a key player for Baz ans Stokes have been as non-wk.We get angry over having a specialist keeper or not but willing to shove anyone up to open.
I keep on trying to find logic behind all this, but I can't. Pope has been okay at 3, but remember he hadn't played there much before, so why not open. Root I've said shouldn't be moved from 4, but hey his form isn't great ATM. Honestly I'd rather have Pope, Stokes, Root open then drop a man that has clearly sharpened up the entire slip cordon, from a liability to top-class, and if we win the Ashes that will be a major part, we can't be dropping Smith early. Catch percentages is pointless as judging a 'keeper, watch, see how foakes, who I was sceptical as a WK at the start, has grown with confidence and made us feel so much more certain we aren't spilling anything.
All to accommodate ****ing Crawley.
Yeah I left it a day to see if I'd see some logic in it, and yet I see **** all.