England head coach Ashley Giles is ready to unleash youngsters Chris Jordan and Jamie Overton who could both debut at Edgbaston later on today in the One Day International against Australia.
Changes are likely to be made to the England team in the day-night game, scheduled to start at 2.00pm weather permitting with a mixed forecast expected in Birmingham.
The hosts trail Australia 1-0 in the five-match series after the opening clash was washed out at Headingley before Darren Lehmenn’s men produced a 88-run victory, largely thanks a Michael Clarke century in a total of 315-7.
England have been widely criticised for only selecting three mainline bowlers in Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin and spinner James Tredwell with Ben Stokes, Ravi Bopara and Joe Root making up 22 overs between them at Old Trafford.
With Graeme Swann, James Anderson and Stuart Broad all rested and Tim Bresnan injured you could argue that would be England’s ideal bowling attack with the likes of Root and Bopara making up 10 overs between them.
One thing captain Eoin Morgan has in this squad is options with hard-hitting all-rounder Luke Wright waiting in the wings along with Sussex bowler Chris Jordan and Somerset quickie Jamie Overton.
Speaking to the media Giles admitted the experience this young side is gaining is invaluable.
You don’t get ready-madereplacements for Broad, Bresnan, Anderson. So again the exposure is crucial,” said Giles.
“It’s hard on these young guys at times because we’re asking them to do a lot, but we’re asking them to do it because we believe they can.
“And if this exposure goes the right way, we’ve got a much greater pool of players for 2015 because we just never know what’s round the corner, whether it be injury, retirements in some cases, so we have to be prepared for everything.
“Already having them (Jordan and Overton) around the group is really beneficial to us, me as the head coach, obviously David Saker as a bowling coach and to them surely for the experience?
“Overton’s raw, he’s got pace, he’s aggressive, fits with our profile of big, tall, nasty fast bowlers.
“Jordan’s also been very impressive. He bowls good lengths, can bat, fields everywhere. I’m building him up into being a superstar already, which I don’t mean to do for him, but they’re two very promising young cricketers coming through the ranks.
“We had to rest some of our senior bowlers this series with back-to-back Ashes and it’s a great opportunity to look at these young guys.”
England from: Eoin Morgan (capt), Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Jamie Overton, Kevin Pietersen, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Luke Wright.
Australia from: Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade (wk), Shane Watson.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms