The replacement of Gary Ballance with Johnny Bairstow looks like a sign of complete panic by the England selectors. We have only played two tests for goodness sake, talk about short termism. One wonders what will happen if we lose the third test? How must Gary Ballance feel, after all he's only 25 years old and seems to be taking the wrap for an inept team performance.
The selectors must show a level of trust and patience in the players they alone chose to do the job. Players shouldn't be worried about being replaced every time they go out to bat, bowl or field. They have enough to worry about grappling with the Australian attack.
All great players go through different types of adversity but they get through it (given the chance) and it makes them stronger. Lets face it, this Australian team is very very good and there should be no shame losing to possibly the best team in the world.
There is no doubt that Johnny Bairstow is in sparkling form but that only goes to prove he should have been in the side form day one. Bell who has had countless chances could have been left out if anyone.
Its time the selectors had some hard and fast rules that not only protect the players from being given the hook mid-campaign but also protect the selectors from taking hasty, reactionary decisions in the heat of battle.
My guess is that the Australian team will feel the decision to replace Gary Ballance is a sign of desperation and fear. It will be worth a couple of wickets to them at least and directly affect the result to the Ashes series. English selectors please try to Keep Calm and Carry On. NO. MORE. CHANGES.