This is a take from Dec's post about Warner.
This is his post
I think it is perplexing that the most successful bowler in the World Cup did not play most Tests against England, because his bowling didn't adhere to coach devised game plans for success in England.
I just wonder where the selectors will go with a player like Warner now he has had a long career, with an average of somewhere near 60 at home and I was told 25 away, today.
Now the truth for Warner is not quite as dire Dec makes out, but there's a lot of truth to it.
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In Warner's particular case, you do not need to worry for near 4 years about another Ashes in England - and he will be very last 36 by then.
But I am myself a fan of horses for courses. India have been utilising this extremely well under Kohli, and while they get many selections wrong, they have gotten many correct too and are rightly number 1. NZ's best two spinners in Asia, Sommerville and Patel, are not in the NZ or Aus squads - allrounders Santner and Astle are for their batting. While I think Sommerville should be given a go, its because his batting is actually surprisingly good and not far below the other 2 - if at all.
I totally believe in hourses for courses, and like Kohli, I would even go as far as to interrupt the opening combo, and the 5 and 6 batting spots, not just the bowling units. This is previously VERY uncommon to break up the top order batting. But there is no point carrying a walking wicket in conditions that he is not suited to play in, you're better off to simply play him in the good conditions he is good at playing. It is that simple for me.
Will your selectors do it? Not until someone else starts copying India successfully. Then once someone else copies it successfully, your media will start demanding CA give it a try.
India's horses for courses are such that Bumrah has NEVER played a home test. Not one. The reason being, they don't need him to win at home, so why break him in a dustbowl when they could save him for SA, Eng, NZ, AUs and WI... This is now beyond horses for courses, and pure strategic selection... And its smart given they play so many games of cricket a year...
Starc not playing the Ashes after the WC was not surprising at all. Starc's yorkers at the end of an ODI game mean nothing to test cricket until the tail is in. Ferg was also in the ICC WC team and has yet to play a test for NZ. Although many NZ fans would like to see him given a shot now.