Originally Posted by cabinboy
Depends what you regard as important. Bell is meant to be in the side as a front line batsman, however by batting at six it implies (erroneously I would add) that he's being protected from the fast bowlers and the new ball. Colly is a scrapper, not a player imbued with latent talent but one who makes a fight of lower order runs. It's somewhat hard on him, but that's really what his role in the side should be.
I do think that Colly has a better chance of amending his game to hit out with the tailenders. Still, there is an issue of pecking order. If Colly is moved down it would look like a step on the ladder out of the side. In fact, given Strauss' making a score in each of the last three tests, albeit no ton and Colly's ODI captaincy plus score in the last test, Bell really looks like the man for the drop at present.