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Re: Matt Maynard leaving Somerset
Posted by: Slow Left Chinaman
Date: 07/10/2017 19:28
Well, I expect the plan was to have Steve Davies go really hard at the start (as it was, it was hard to tell as he was in such poor form), so swapping for Elgar would've changed the way the team played.

Hose was a proven failure as an opener, and doing well at 5/6, so you wouldn't want to move him for that reason.

Trego would've been the other option to open, but then that would mean moving everyone else up one spot, so changing most of the team. Or just give Ryan Davies the chance to be aggressive at the start, in the knowledge you have a reasonably long order behind him.

Obviously it didn't work, but

a) it was a last minute plan, presumably done to minimise distruption
b) I really don't think it was held against Ryan afterwards, if anything he'd have got credit for being flexible for the benefit of the team, instead of insisting on coming in against an old ball

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