Plus it protects him a little bit more from the new ball, and considering his struggles last time out in Australia, it'll be a good thing next winter. Plus your best bats should play no. 3 and 4, with 4 being your more expressive bat, so that fits perfectly with Cook @ 3 and Root @ 4.Cook at 3? Interesting and not without merit. I guess if Hameed/Jennings is viewed as our opening pair for the future, it's worth getting a look in now.
Moeen has contributed with vital nocks for the team and averages 43 for the year, significantly better than what every other player we've brought into the side has managed since Trott, Peterson and Bell have managed, other than a brief spell from Ballance, and obviously Root. We're already changing the captain and trying to get 2 new players settled in and established at the top of the order, let's not rock the whole boat by weakening our strength over the past 12 months which has been Stokes/Bairstow/Moeen as our middle order.Your post yesterday led me to believe you were firmly in favour of the seam attack and sticking to the teams strengths and yet you want to play Rashid and Ali in the same team at home. It seems counterproductive to me and a luxury England can't afford to have.
Personally I see playing Rashid and Ali as an option on certain grounds, but certainly not a default position that England should be taking at home (or in Australia where we tour next).
How many runs do they have to get plundered for before people stop wanting England to pick two spinners at home.
Pick the best option for the team which should primarily be based on whoever is the best spinner out of Ali or Moeen and get on with it.
Much better imo is we pick an extra batsman or wicketkeeper or even play five seamers (but with variation involved, left arm, or extreme pace), rather than pick two average spinners because they can bat a bit as well.
*Maybe you could select both if Moeen was in your best 5 batsmen and Rashid was your best spinner but imo Moeen averaging 33 isn't a top order bat and Rashid v Ali is debeatable on purely spin bowling.
I'd pick Rashid simply because I think it's now obvious that Moeen isn't improving as a spin option, and I think he deserves a chance to fall on his own sword whilst we have the luxury of Stoke and Bairstow who can both bat top 6, and we can pick a 6 man bowling attack, then in 12 months or so, if Jennings/Hameed have worked out at the top of the order and our batting is looking more stable and with less question marks then we can look at the Rashid/Moeen question again, but let's not change everything at once, as it rarely works and I doubt it'll work for Australia this time out.