5-0 would have been quite a statement, but given
But, just how healthy is the
Andrew Strauss quashed the murmurs before the series that he wasn’t worth his place, but there is still a slight question mark whether his favourite run-getting areas will allow him to flourish in a World Cup on subcontinent pitches. But he will be there and will probably open with Craig Kieswetter, who had an inevitable fall after a meteoric start to his international career.
Verdict: healthy, but caution is required.
The middle order
Kevin Pietersen’s position as the star of the side has now been usurped by the quite remarkable Eoin Morgan. The Irishman’s hundred at the Rose Bowl was one of the best ever scored for
Verdict: in a rude state of health.
The number six spot
This is the main worry in the side as Luke Wright is a place too high at number six and arguably is not worth his place in the side with bat or ball. If Kieswetter opens, then there is merit for having a specialist batsman at number six in the order especially as Collingwood and Pietersen can provide sixth bowler duties if necessary. We’d also argue that
Verdict: in need of some medicine from Bopara
Graeme Swann’s remarkable success story continued in the Nat West series and he will be the key man if
Verdict: in excellent health, but Rashid should be held in reserve in the First Aid box
Stuart Broad returned from his strength conditioning in fine fettle and was
Verdict: Mixed. Broad looks in good health, but maybe
Things are looking pretty healthy with eight or nine spots looking nailed down. A new number six is required with either Wright or Bresnan (or both) dropping out. And a more potent opening bowler should also come into the mix. As it stands,