How do you pick your batting order?
Do you flout convention? Do you put giving everybody a go above winning the match? Or vice versa?
There are a number of things to consider:
- The ability of the batsman
- The style of the batsman
- The need to give everybody a game
- The desire of players to be in the same place in the order every week
It's certainly true that your best players should be at 3 and 4, as shown here. This is because you can afford to lose one wicket cheaply but the 2nd and 3rd wickets are most important for making a good score. You can find that out from the averages.
I think the main difference with openers and the first couple of drops is attitude. Picking decent batsmen who want to do it is most important because it's a specialist position. For me, the ideal would be a left-right hand partnership with one player more attacking, the other trying to build an innings.
Average is less important for an opener as it's more of an attitude thing.
My ideal middle order players will be able to score quickly be that from working it around, hitting out, or both.
As I have discussed before, I would have my bowlers at 9-11 but not have a totally bunny as last man in.
That's my perfect batting order.