Originally Posted by Ali TT
Its a tough one for Stokes. I don't think he justifies a place currently, and England's side are weaker for his presence. But England are clearly banking on him for the future, so he needs as many opportunities as possible. I'd rather Bopara was moved up to 3, or we drop Cook and bring in someone else with some more re-jiggling. As stated elsewhere, we have plenty of batsmen for the mid-order, but not enough to play in the top-order, which leaves us with this awkward situation of jumping Stokes up and down.
However, he's not likely to ever bat at 3 in a major tournament for England, so putting him there yesterday was just weird.
I agree with your point, but I wouldn't move Bopara, he's one whose career has been badly affected by constantly being moved up and down but now he seems to have finally settled into a role and is doing it well. Leave him there.
England in general don't seem to have a clue where they're going with regards one-day cricket at the moment. The reaction to Trott not being available for this series is a good example; instead of simply bringing Carberry in to open and moving Bell from 2 to 3, we decide that moving Root up to 3, bringing in an extra batsman in Ballance at 4 and then dropping our spinner is the best solution. Does anyone really think we should go into the World Cup with Root as the lone spinner? No, so why are we doing it now?