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England may favour all-rounders over specialists after Moeen ton | Vic Marks

All-rounder’s century at No7, and contributions of Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes, surely mean a specialist batsman makes way when Ben Stokes returns

It was once sacrilege to argue against specialists in the Test team. Bits and pieces/multi-dimensional cricketers were for one-day cricket while genuine all?rounders at Test level were as rare as shooting stars.

Yet now there are obviously too many specialists in the England side. Look at the one-dimensional cricketers at the top of the order, Alex Hales, James Vince, despite bowling 24 balls in Test cricket, and Gary Ballance, who has propelled two overs, are there simply to score runs and then field as best they can. And they are struggling in their specialist subject.

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