Re: Engine room
|November 22 2016, 10:38 AM |
I haven't checked, but my memory is that Stewart did not open and keep. When he started to keep, he dropped to around no 5. Oddly he kept much better than his part-time status would have suggested, but I don't think he was ever quite the force with the bat again. You can't win.
I'm regularly struck by how much modern batsmen like to know their position. As others have suggested a bit of flexibility would help to manage this situation. Jonny could bat at 5 if we bat first or if 1-4 (it might happen one day) bat for a long time and give him a rest. If he's done two days in the field he could drop lower. This sort of approach would have allowed Stewart to open - where he was most effective - when it fitted. Any club cricketer would recognise this sort of flexibility, but the pros don't seem to like it. It wasn't always like this, Closey used to muck about with the batting order for all sorts of reasons.