Good points re India, Bryan. I'm not saying you can't have a sedate No 3 - Dravid was one of the best in the business. But that's a far cry from a guy who can't score, and who gets himself out as soon as he tries an attacking shot. Doolan looks to be in that mould.
If we had a Dravid, or even a Langer or a Boon, they'd be in the team. We don't have one. In a contest for No 3 currently, we have Watson, who has scored heavily there since being given the spot in England, and Doolan, whose first-class career has given no indication that he deserved to play Test cricket in any capacity. I can't see why Watson's last six Tests, averaging 50+ at No 3, weren't enough to let him keep the spot.
Not the worst idea. I think that's how they were hoping the Bailey move would turn out, but it didn't quite work.
Precisely. Great spell, and sorely needed in a team of three strike bowlers.