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The main event that is the Test series may be over but focus must shift quickly onto the ODI series as there are places to be won for the return tour this winter.

In usual circumstances the return wouldn't be so soon but the schedule had to change to accommodate the next World Cup.

A number of players from both sides will see the five games as an opportunity to prove their worth on the international stage albeit in a different format.

England

For the hosts, the general outline of the squad that is expected to tour is clear, it is likely that many of those who featured in the first four test matches will be on the plane.

However, there are so many fast bowlers that will competing for limited seats for the long tour.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad are nailed on, and therefore rested for this. As probably are Chris Tremlett and Tim Bresnan who miss out, the latter because of injury and the former as this isn't his best format.

That leaves one or two spots, and one man desperate to go is Steven Finn, the tall Middlesex man has been in and out of the England side ever since his debut in 2010. Finn was dropped after the first test match and suffered at the hands of Aaron Finch in the T20.

A few wickets for the 24-year-old will no doubt convince selectors that he should tour though.

The players that threaten his stop will be his teammates for the next few weeks.

Boyd Rankin is one of those and he impressed against his former national side Ireland earlier this week by taking four wickets and is thought of highly by limited overs coach, Ashley Giles.

19-year-old Jamie Overton has impressed in County Cricket along with fellow uncapped bowler Chris Jordan and both will look to out-impress Finn and Boyd if they are given a chance in the XI. 

There's also a vacancy in the spin department.

Graeme Swann is the first choice spinner, no question about that and gets a rest for this series. However, he will need cover.

Simon Kerrigan's horror debut in the fifth test has probably scuppered his chances of featuring.

While Monty Panesar suffers with off-field gremlins, Kent captain James Tredwell is presented with a great chance to seal his spot on the tour.

The wily off-spinner is always dependable for England and has even out-bowled Swann for England in limited overs cricket, therefore if Tredwell can cause problems for the tourists then he will do his chances no harm at all.

The Test batting line-up may not be firing on all cylinders but it's still secure other than the number six spot which continues to cause headaches.

Stand-in captain Eoin Morgan is likely to be the main beneficiary in case of good form. Ravi Bopara has never cemented an international place but both are in form following centuries against Ireland.

Australia

The tourists are in a much better situation than they were at the start of the summer.

After chopping and changing all series, Michael Clarke's men finally appear to have found their best line up.

But with injury to Steve Smith and the non-selection of Chris Rogers and David Warner it presents the likes of Shaun Marsh, Phil Hughes and potentially even one-day specialists Finch and George Bailey the chance to impress coach Darren Lehmann.

The bowling attack of Australia was thoroughly impressive in England.

Competition is therefore fierce, Mitchell Johnson will be keen to finally show good form against England, where he tends to cop a fair bit of stick from the crowd.

Nathan Coulter-Nile and Josh Hazlewood are two younger bowlers who will no doubt be stars of the future and looking to take English wickets. 

Fawad Ahmed's leg-spin option will be suited to English wickets and this could earn him a place ahead of senior test spinner Nathan Lyon.

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