Joverton is an option at eight. On the other hand, his bowling suggests he'd be about the tenth pick.There's an interesting sub-plot going on here about who will be England's 3rd seamer against India if Anderson and broad are both fit. Potts the better bowler, but Overton a genuine option at number 8.
Don't they name who the replacements would be for each player prior to the game starting?Seems a difficult task to judge what a like for like replacement is. In the match situation (NZ 5 wickets down - no amazing spin to keep to) Billings would seem more likely to succeed with the bat than Foakes - being a batter who keeps.
Blundell really really struggled with the bat in India last year - 4 innings, 23 runs at 5.75. Kept poorly too and place was in jeopardy until he scored 96 vs SA.
Pitch it up for both. England I've noticed seem to really like the short ball pissing contest to them, and these guys love the pull shot almost to the detriment of their front foot game (Blundell especially)
As you can see here Mitchell looks pretty fragile when the ball’s turning. If I were Stokes I’d just keep these two going until lunch and only bother with the new ball if they’re still there after the break.