You are quite incorrect, as you know. It should not be hard for you to dig that info out. I watched an interview with him that is quite a few months old. It was all about his bowling. He mentioned for a brief period that he wanted to bring his batting up to a level where he can stand on that.
Well then thats where the problem is, Santner has his head in the clouds if he thinks he got selected based on his bowling soley, he clearly didnt get the memo. It was said time and time again he was expected to be our number one all rounder, which means batting good, not just avg 20ish, thats the role of a tail ender.
Im far from hung up about Santner, I see all the places in the team objectively and what will give us the strongest batting line up with enough backup in bowling for Southee, Boult, (whoever the third front line bowler is).
That means a few things, improving our batting line up with 1 change, improving Mitchel Santners role with the bat, our lower order improving their batting, which Sodhi is doing, but is Ferguson, is Southee, will excuse Boult and leave him as a slogger.
I really enjoyed Santner manning up for the first time in 49 games on the weekend. And Im hoping its the catalyst for him to be the lower order batsman who hangs around and scores runs freely. I dont know how to resolve our middle order other than hoping Latham has found his spot (despite getting lucky) and we inject Phillips as keeper. Which will mean either dropping Nicholls or Williamson, or bowling Munro, which he is plenty capable of doing if given the role, and there is no reason if Willimson stays he cant bowl either, just like Santner, he just bowls what you get taught first as a kid, but unlike Santner he doesnt have the accuracy yet which takes time. But good things take time. That gives us 6 bowlers and if you count Santner as a batsman which he is meant to be, 8 batsman, 2 who can do a bit and 1 slogger. That line up will challenge Eng. The traditional 5 batsman and Santner is not going to win this test series. They have 10 batsmen.