Adil Rashid? Mark Footitt? How England’s post-World Cup team may look

Alex Hales Batting

Alex Hales, Notts That the right-hander did not secure an opening slot for England’s World Cup campaign was a source of frustration for many, given his outstanding talent that shone in the Royal London Cup last summer with three centuries and a strike-rate of 120 in just five matches.

Jason Roy, Surrey Right-handed opener was quiet in the 50-over tournament last season but is widely considered the fiercest ball-striker on the county circuit. Impressed for the England Lions on their January tour of South Africa, striking a 110-ball 141 in their second A international.

James Vince, Hampshire The elegant right-hander pushed his case for consideration by plundering 1,525 first-class runs last summer and a series-saving 152 in the second unofficial Test against South Africa A. More List A returns required to end tedious Michael Vaughan comparisons.

James Taylor, Notts capt Kept a smile on his face despite an umpiring debacle robbing him of a maiden one-day international century against Australia in Melbourne and team management yo-yoing him up the batting order in Engand’s doomed winter. Brings captaincy experience.

Ben Stokes, Durham The gifted all-rounder could yet force his way back into Test contention in the West Indies but will surely be one of the players England look to build their one-day team around in future. Averaged 68 with the bat and 17 with the ball in last season’s 50-over competition.

Sam Billings, Kent wkt Should be given the chance to prove his worth as Jos Buttler’s understudy behind the stumps after a stunning breakthrough season last summer in the Royal London Cup that saw 490 runs scream from his bat at a strike-rate of 115.

David Willey, Northants This hard-hitting all-rounder who overcame a back injury to enjoy a strong season in all three competitions. Struck 60 from 27 balls and took a hat-trick in the final of Twenty20 in 2013 to demonstrate his liking for the big occasion (and his dislike for Jade Dernbach).

Adil Rashid, Yorkshire A star performer in last season’s Royal London One Day Cup, finishing second in the wickets table with 21, including a career-best 5-33 against Hampshire. Ten England caps to date but must overcome England’s curious resistance to leg-spin.

Chris Jordan, Sussex A frustrated onlooker for the first four games of the World Cup disaster, Jordan’s wicket-taking ability – his strike-rate is the highest of any English seamer to send down 1,000 balls – and fielding prowess mean he must be persisted with.

Mark Footitt, Derbyshire A 29-year-old left-arm fast bowler who starred for Derbyshire with 104 wickets across all formats. His economy rate suffered in the 50-over competition but provides a genuine threat, something England lacked during their time in Australia and New Zealand.

Mark Wood, Durham Fitness issues dogged this fast, skiddy right-armer last season. But England saw enough promise to include him on their performance programme and the Lions tour to South Africa. Could similarly be on the radar for the Test tour to West Indies.

Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes are expected be rested after the Caribbean tour while Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara will play in the IPL.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Ali Martin, for The Guardian on Tuesday 10th March 2015 17.58 Europe/London

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