When I was young, he was one those batsman (Peter Parfitt, John Hampshire, Frank Hayes) who would regularly be picked for a couple of tests and then be dropped, only to reappear again a couple of series later.
A few years after that, Matthew Engel suggested that there were three rules for new selectors:
- Never interrupt the Chairman of Selectors;
- Don't have more than two glasses of port after dinner;
- If in doubt, drop Randall.
Cricinfo, as ever, has the best obituary. It records that he was batting at the other end when Geoff Boycott completed his 100th century during the Headlingley test in 1977. What it doesn't say (and the story in confirmed by the Craven Herald) is that he was also batting with John Edrich when the Surrey opener reached the same landmark that season.
Uncanny, wasn't it?