Originally Posted by CDogg16
Ali didn't look particularly convincing with the ball, going at over four an over the few times he was trusted to bowl, against a Division Two batting attack. After being criticised for only be economical and not taking wickets in his first match, Rashid took four wickets for Yorkshire, while maintaining good control. Despite Rashid demonstrating better control and the ability to take wickets against better opposition, Ali's ton means that there is likely to be little talk of Rashid replacing him in the side.
Ali made his ton at three, and there are currently three possible vacancies in the top order. The argument is often that Ali, a better batsman than bowler, shouldn't bat above eight. While he may not be an opener, there must be some consideration going into moving him up the order and allowing Rashid to take his place at eight, or possibly nine. Sri Lanka should prove to be an easy win for England, so now would be the ideal time to see what Rashid can do and if he can push on and consolidate his place in the side ahead of the upcoming series against India, where it is likely he will play no matter what.
Because bowling at lower order batsmen attacking for bonus points after getting one wicket in you first 30 overs at edgbasten is comparable to other matches on other pitches. Sheesh.
4 wickets so far this season at 53. Deffo kicking the door down. Lol.