He can’t do it against high quality bowling though, and everyone knows he can’t play accurate short bowling at 85+ mph. I’d far rather have Hameed, even if he’s had an iffy (at best) summer. Collingwood has a better average than Vince this year if you go down the county averages route.
All in favour of more seamers - just takes a nice 5 session innings by Aus batsmen to flog a couple of our bowlers into injury, especially with back to back tests*. I think when you’re taking Bairstow, Ali, Stokes (…) and Woakes, you can go with 3 extra bowlers. 4 batsmen plus those 4 should be enough? Just think you need to keep bowlers as fresh as possible with Oz weather, kookaburra ball, and some of those pitches.
Anderson and Broad may have gone for 40 averages before, but they’re both older now, and better bowling back up. I think at least one of them will wind up with a bad injury, which could be the end especially if combined with lacklustre figures.
*haven’t checked if there are any b-t-b tests, but I assume there’ll be at least 2 lots.