Kyle Coetzer’s absence from the Northamptonshire team is a case of too many players and not enough places.
The Scotsman was left out of the side to face Glamorgan in Cardiff with Stephen Peters making a return after a brief spell on the sidelines with a back injury.
And head coach David Ripley says that while the decision was hard on Coetzer, it is the kind of choice that he wants to have.
He said: “Kyle is fit but Niall (O’Brien) got a couple of 70s against Leicestershire and is holding on to the opening spot.
“It’s tough on Kyle because he hasn’t done anything wrong and it’s better to have that kind of decision to make rather than having to scrape around.
“Niall can be a man for a crisis, he’s a good competitior and he put his hand up to open when Kyle was injured a few weeks ago and unfortunately someone has to miss out.
“We can only pick so many batsmen and seven into six doesn’t go unfortunately.
“I think it can be unhealthy to have too many good players kicking around and that’s a situation we want to avoid.”
Another player missing from the trip to the principality was David Willey who has a back problem but Ripley feels that a rest for the all-rounder is well-deserved.
He added: “He’s been for a scan and the news is fairly positive.
“David’s been hanging on for a while because of injuries to the other bowlers and the break has come at a good time for him.”
A decision has yet to be taken on whether Willey will be fit to play in the final game of the season whoch gets under way at Bristol next Tuesday.