After the recent Ashes whitewash, English cricket is in a state of disarray, but all hope should not be lost.
The crop of talent coming through the system is unlike any other this country has seen before. I take a look at three names who should defiantly feature at some point over the summer.
The big Essex lad is only 19 but is already a regular for his county, where he took 48 first class wickets last season at an average of 28, he uses his 6ft 7inch frame to his advantage.
If England want to stick to the current formula of three seam bowlers, than Topley should not be overlooked. Let him learn in the team, yes there will be games when he goes for runs, but that is all part of the learning process.
Another batsmen off the Yorkshire production line, Lees has enjoyed a fine start to first class cricket, despite tailing off towards the end of the season.
Mentally strong, his mammoth 275* against Derbyshire showed his appetite for big runs. At 20, he can grow into the opener role, just as Cook did with Strauss at the other end.
The young left armer is still establishing himself as a regular over four days, however he has many upside, including giving the ball a big rip.
His batting is not as good as Scott Borthwick, however he will offer much more control with the ball, at 22 he is still improving and learning. The England hierarchy showed they were keen on him as he has been capped in a ODI.
They are only three out of handful of players coming through the ranks, this winter was bleak for English Cricket, but the future is most defiantly bright.
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