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Thread: New Feature - England: Where To From Here?

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    New Feature - England: Where To From Here?

    Ewan looks at England's recent performance against New Zealand and asks, where do they go from here?

    Cricket Web - Features: England: Where To From Here?

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    ... They will, easily, skip past the mediocrity offered by the enemy in retaining the urn; they will invoke the calm superiority displayed in dispatching New Zealand when faced with similarly substandard opposition later this summer.
    Seriously? What a seaming pile that article is.

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    Fast bowling is far less of a concern. James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn are all indelible and outstanding names on the starting line-up. The latter two are young and England possess esteemed back-up options - Graham Onions and the two Chrises, Tremlett and Woakes. In the latter, as well as Toby Roland-Jones and more inspiringly James Harris, England have a swathe of young fast bowlers to continue the destruction of the complementary incumbents - the swing of Anderson, the pace of Finn and the bit-of-both offered by Broad was lethal against New Zealand. In the much longer term, the Overton twins - especially Jamie - from Somerset are a sparkling delight to watch and promise real potential with both bat and, perhaps more so, with ball.
    Look I know Broad bowled a good spell at Lord's and all, but are English supporters really that confident that the right Stuart Broad will show up more often than not?

    And Steven Finn indelible and outstanding? Really? I would put him in as having potential.

    Tremlett is a million times better.

    However, in the department of spin England have most to worry about. Graeme Swann is the world?s supreme spinner behind Saeed Ajmal; his deputy, Monty Panesar, is almost as excellent. Yet Swann is 34 and Panesar 31; neither twirleymen will be operating for England in the near future. Who will replace them? Lancashire's Simon Kerrigan is good but hardly befitting of a side with world-topping ambitions; his average of 27.92 with 131 wickets in 42 games is creditable though not sparkling. Kerrigan is best described as a poor man's Ashley Giles, hardly an awe-inspiring comparison. Equally, another slow left-armer Danny Briggs is praiseworthy but not Test-worthy; an average of 32.33 with 132 wickets in 43 matches is best kept for the domestic game. James Tredwell is neither good enough nor young enough, at 31, to be a long-term option. England's spinning credentials beyond Swann and Panesar are a profound concern.
    This is the same Monty Panesar that was so recently outbowled by Bruce Martin, right?

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