It is said that the best time to introduce new players is when the team is winning. England are riding as high they possibly could be in Tests, so the winter assignments against Sri Lanka and Pakistan could be the perfect time to blood the next generation. The Online Betting will certainly be in their favour.
The difficult nature of those tours and general excellence of the current squad means places for debutants are scarce, especially amongst the bowlers. Chris Tremlett, Graham Onions, Steven Finn and Monty Panesar would be rightly disappointed if they are not at the front of the queue to join the current bowling unit in the subcontinent.
There is one spare batting place up for grabs. Ravi Bopara’s useful medium pace might yet get him the nod, but there must be a temptation to include one of the England Lions who have made proper breakthroughs this summer.
James Taylor and Ben Stokes made their One Day International debuts against Ireland, with the former having the better technique for Tests. He is the third highest first class runscorer this summer, although his output has been more impressive for the Lions than it has for Leicestershire.
Stokes is higher in the ODI pecking order, thanks to his bowling and more explosive stroke play. Jonny Bairstow averages 51 in first class matches this year and might enable the selectors to name two new men by leapfrogging Steven Davies and Craig Kieswetter as Matt Prior’s keeping understudy despite not being Yorkshire’s regular gloveman.
James Hildreth has lost form and been replaced by Nick Compton as Somerset’s most likely next Test player, the latter having the necessary family background, and cynics might say, the necessary South African birthplace to earn recognition.
The aptly named Joe Root has earned rave reviews from Geoffrey Boycott and could be England’s next Test opener, due more to the lack of alternatives than his own form – one ton in 28 first class knocks suggests he has some developing still to do. Betfair Ambassadors like Michael Vaughan know of his ability.
Jos Buttler and Alex Hales have kicked on well since making breakthroughs in 2010 and deserve their Twenty20 chance, whilst Moeen Ali, Joshua Cobb and Jason Roy are other batsmen who should be on the selectors’ radar for coloured clothing duty.