No, but all-rounders are obviously selected partly on the runs that they score. For example, Steve James admitted that he would pick Darren Thomas over Owen Parkin because of the runs that he would score and his all round game. It happens all the time.glamman wrote: ↑Sun May 06, 2018 4:13 pmThe balance of the team is weighted towards including as many of the available batsmen as possible. Cooke as keeper coming in at 6 means that if the batsmen are scoring runs there should be enough of them. Three seamers at 9, 10 and 11 just leaves the 7 and 8 slots. Personally I would have Smith or Meschede in one of them. However it seems likely that they will just stick with Lloyd providing the 4th seam option. Including Bull would not unbalance the side as you would still have Lloyd or Salter coming in at 7. You could include both of them as batsmen and leave out Donald. You should not be selecting bowlers because of the runs they score - a false economy. The top 6 batsmen have the responsibility to score the bulk of the runs. If they don't then you won't win many games.Nick_Glam wrote: ↑Sun May 06, 2018 3:40 pmI think the two reasons for that are pretty clear.
He is an all rounder and topped the batting averages last year.
We haven't had any other spinning options who would have taken wickets.
They may obviously look to Bull now, but there are problems with the balance of the team no matter what they do.
The question is whether the pitches will be any more helpful for Bull than the ones we have seen so far and whether he would be any more effective than Salter. Seam rules in Championship cricket given the timings of games in the calendar.
And you are right that the question is whether Bull would contribute any more with the ball. This game obviously wasn't won or lost due to the spinners and I can imagine that the management would be very wary of weakening the batting line up, and lengthening the tail, when we have just failed miserably with the bat. And we would still have the 4th seamer problem.
I agree that Smith or Wagg (Meschede will be missing for weeks now I guess) should be considered and, unless it looks like the pitch will turn, Salter could bat at 7 with Smith and 3 seamers below him.