Williams Raza and Taylor are fully capable of holding it together. Ervine is not necessary. Even Elton can rotate the strike. The balance we need is actually affected by having too many players who want to anchor the innings and that's how you end up with a total scored at less than a run a ball in a T20. Typical Zimbabwe selection problem.zimbos_05 wrote: ↑Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:24 amIt's unfair to pick on Ervine for the T20s. The same game you are talking about that Elton won is the same series where Ervine was our best performer in every single game, and he did score 29 in said game too.TapsC wrote: ↑Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:34 pmGood to see Marumani in the other squad as well. My opinion is that we expected token pics and we got them. It could have been far worse.
Watch Elton have a blinder of a week and make his way into the team for the ODIs on a serious note I'm not mad at him being picked for T20 cricket. Did he not win us a game last year? It's better than picking Ervine who can barely hit a 6.
The reason why we will keep losing t20 cricket is that we don't pick specialists. A team with Waller Elton PJ Zhuwao Mire and Hami would have stood a chance because it only would have taken 1 of them to tee off and it could have been curtains. Picking guys who don't have the natural ability to hit a 6 leads to what we saw this last week.
The problem is that we think T20s are all about hitting sixes and going big. We saw that with K-long and how he would just swing the bat. That is not the case. You need to have a good balance in the team. You have your big hitters, but you also have your guys who hold down an end and can rotate the strike regularly to keep the run rate ticking. You don't pick a team of only big hitters. That idea was tossed away ages ago. Ervine provides that platform so that others around him can go big. Ervine too can hit them big. He has his 13 sixes in his T20I career. Granted it is not much, but it disproves the theory that he can't clear the rope.
All I'm saying Elton is more likely to win you a T20 (51 sixes in 54 matches with a strike rate of 142) than Ervine (13 sixes in 24 matches with a strike rate of 100). In fact a normal strike rate for the batsman who is anchoring an innings is about 120 in T20s. Taylor has similar stats to Ervine but his strike is 120. Williams has played the same number of T20s as Taylor and has a similar amount of sixes as Taylor with a strike rate of 130. Raza is another person who on paper actually has a shocking T20 record but Williams and Raza have the advatange that they bowl. Ervine and Taylor don't.
Now I have already mentioned Elton. The Legend Waller ( strike rate of 138 and 28 sixes in 31 games), Hami ( the anchor you said my guys didn't have with a strike rate of 117 and 65 sixes in 66 matches). Now ok those guys are retired but you see the kind of players we need.
Kamunhukamwe is exactly like Mire and looked dangerous at certain points. Those are the kind of players we need. There is a risk reward factor when it comes to picking batsmen in this format like Zimdoggy mentioned. The West Indians have understood that and their team will always be a threat in T20s.
The opposite of Ervine in T20s is Tiripano in test matches. You want them to cover a gap they should not be covering in the first place then you get frustrated when Ervine scores 29 runs in 33 balls or Tiripano can't get a wicket as Mushfiqur scores a double century.