Thought it would be nice to see who the youngsters of the future for each nation are. No idea why i picked Under 23. Just a random age:
My England test XI (age)
Alex Hales (22)
Johnny Bairstow (21)
James Taylor (21)
Ross Whiteley (22)
Luke Wells (20)
Ben Stokes (20)
Gary Ballance (22)
Scott Borthwick (21)
Chris Woakes (21)
James Harris (20)
Steven Finn (22)
Overall look at the youth talent pool:
Fast bowling is in a seriously strong state. Given the strength of the current test side, to have Finn, Woakes and Harris at such a young age is great for the game (not to mention established players like Onions and Bresnan). Topley looks a magnificant talent, but at 17 expectations must be tempered.
The middle order looks strong with Taylor, Stokes and Whiteley all looking huge talents. Taylor is test match ready now IMO, Stokes is one of the most natural strikers of the ball since Flintoff. Also his brisk mediums are very useful 5th bowler in this team. Gary Ballance has alot of talent and scores his runs at a very good average.
Spinner we have two fairly dependable looking players in Briggs and Borthwick (Borthwick getting the nod for his batting) but no revolutionary talents.
Openerer is slightly different IMO. Hales is a talent but hasn't really scored enough runs + struggles to convert 50s to 100s. Bairstow is a terrific middle-order player, but i see no other alternative than to open him. He does this in 40 over cricket to good effect and there is a distinct lack of options elsewhere.