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England must give youth a chance to shine

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In March 2008 the England selectors signalled a new dawn.

Dropping old stalwarts Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison, England placed their faith in the previously erratic James Anderson and the untested Stuart Broad.

In addition to placing their faith in Anderson and Broad, the England wise men gave Graeme Swann another shot at England glory after previous failures.

England were building a team and giving players time to reach their potential.

Look back over the past five to six years and it is clear that this strategy was a success.

England won the T20 World Cup, briefly became the best Test team in the world, won the Ashes at home, won the Ashes away and amazingly beat India not just at home but on the sub-continental spin friendly conditions.

Now though, it's almost six years later and many of these players are the wrong side of thirty and/or weighed down by injury.

KevinPietersen is now 33 and has knee difficulties. Matt Prior, Anderson and Ian Bell are 31. Swann is 34 and has undergone major elbow surgery. Chris Tremlett, 32, has been blighted by injuries and Michael Carberry has been drafted in at the age of 33.

To some extent the rebuilding process has begun with Joe Root but in the likely event that England are bombed out on a fast and bouncy Perth wicket the England selectors should be bold again and invest in youth giving Garry Ballance, Jonny Bairstow and Boyd Rankin the chance to shine.

Keep the world class Anderson and the master technician Bell but allow the rest a lucrative retirement playing in various 20-20 matches.

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