Coad should be left in the team for as long as he is being effective. If that means he plays every game this season then fine, I'm sure the work will do him good.He's earned a thread of his own.
Steve asks: "Coad was accurate and successful - i dont see any magic powers in his bowling apart from accuracy and consistency but it seems to be working for him. Can anyone else explain his success...? "
It's a good question. Very early days yet, but here goes.
This is on the basis of watching just a few balls from over the top of the sightscreen at the Football Stand end last week ( ... we were lucky with the wicket used, which was right in line), and the excellent Warks live feed today (also high up, straight behind the bowler's arm): Coad's special quality seems to be that he combines (almost) Pattersonian regularity of line and length with a little bit of extra pace and an outswinger (to the righthander) that both moves the ball more than Patto does, and that varies in movement in ways that the batsmen find difficult to pick in a bowler they have not met before.
LBW decisions, slip catches, and frustrated batsmen striking him in the air to covers/midoff are the consequence.
That's my (very preliminary) take. Anyone else have thoughts?
We have plenty of other bowlers who actually need to be rested, and that includes Patterson.