This is just a short one, because I don't want to go on an on about the batting lineup. I've made it abundantly clear that I think Andrew Symonds is better suited to number five or six than number four.
But to illustrate why I think we need a big hitter like Symonds coming in slightly lower down, I thought I'd have a look at how the performances of our numbers 5, 6 and 7 in the order compare with a significant sample from other teams.
I looked at 28 games and 50 separate innings from this season's Twenty20 Cup, as well as Surrey's six matches so far where the lower order have batted. From the 28 games not involving Surrey, although there aren't too many big scores, the average scoring rate across the lot of them is just over 120 runs per 100 balls delivered. From Surrey's six games, the scoring rate is just 103 runs per 100 balls delivered.
The positions 5, 6 and 7 in Twenty20 are very often the difference between a gettable total and a total just out of sight. A lower-middle order power house is a virtual must for Twenty20s (think Morgan and Wright for England, the Husseys and White for Australia, Dhoni and Morkel for Chennai), and while they are worthy cricketers in their own right, the likes of Spriegel, Walters, Batty and Schofield do no constitute a sufficiently powerful power house.
I'm not suggesting that dropping Symonds down the order is the magic bullet, but we've got such a talented (not to mention well paid!) player on our hands it seems sensible to use him in the best way possible.
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