onemorerun wrote: ↑Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:11 pmI agree with this, although I still have hope for Curran as a batsman. But even if he does come good, we are very light in the red-ball batting department as is already being shown. I said after last season we needed to sign 2 quality red ball batsman and the club didn't appear to try to do so, even before COVID. Our current batting line-up isn't close to being good enough. None of Keogh, Wakely, Cobb or Levi have scored runs consistently enough at Div 2 level, so why would they be options for Div 1?
Very few of our players seem good enough, or potentially good enough, for Division One. Vasconcelos, Rossington and Sanderson definitely. Possibly Thurston, Buck, Hutton and Glover. Less sure about anyone else. The seam department is ok, but if you've only got two or three average Division One standard batsmen, you will struggle.
The problem may be that we have too many one day batsmen under contract who don't cut it in the 4-day game, but we seem to use them as back-up for red ball cricket so as not to have to contract too many players. If we're serious about holding our own in Div 1 next year, we've either got to add red-ball specialist batsmen (Holden, Libby and Hameed could all have been useful additions in recent years) or find batsmen like Rossington, who are good enough for all formats.
Fortunately this year is going to count for nothing, but is giving all our players and particularly our youngsters good experience against first division opposition, which I think is the right thing to do. However, so far, the unsurprising conclusion is that we're much better prepared as a bowling than a batting unit.