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Old 20th January 2016, 14:36   #104
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Its not really surprising Ali's batting average has got worse as batting at 8 he will always have to play with the tail. The experiment with him as an opener shouldn't count as it was clearly doomed to fail. As a batsman he plays a role because over the last 12 months its been 6 - 11 who have dug us out of a hole and he has been a significant part of that. He's clearly in the side while we are trying to find a better spinner. Its harsh to judge him on the UAe as the opposition all played spin pretty well. In South Africa he has done a job, but not excelled, but he does allow us to play 4 quicks and hasn't really been carted around the park. The bottom line is we probably would only be one up without him.
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