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    England faces a familiar set of questions over summer
England faces a familiar set of questions over summer
Jonny Bairstow averaged 23.8 across 10 innings in India with a highest score of 39

England faces a familiar set of questions over summer

There will be a similar backdrop to the summer, although England's next Test is not until July.

There will be a debate around Jonny Bairstow and Ben Foakes as wicketkeepers, questions about whether Ben Stokes can bowl at full capacity and how that impacts the balance of the side, and about Ollie Pope's suitability for number three.

Whether Bairstow or Foakes is the better option. Neither player has scored as many runs as they would have liked in this series. However, Foakes has batted in some very tricky situations at number seven and has performed well.

This summer presents a great opportunity for the team to progress against West Indies and Sri Lanka.

James Anderson will play in the first Test of the summer. It was a positive thing that he took his 700th wicket in India and that Bairstow played his 100th Test, as it tied up a couple of loose ends.

The time will come to move on eventually, perhaps not this summer, but it presents a significant opportunity for England to address these issues.

The Ashes are 18 months away, and preparations must be made to ensure readiness for the series.

While there are tours to Pakistan and New Zealand in the winter, a significant gap follows.

It will be intriguing to observe how England handles the transitional positions this summer.


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