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After a winter of discontent, which has seen England's cricketers move from one disaster to another during their Australian tour, the rebuilding process has begun in earnest starting with the three One-Day Internationals that are currently taking place in the West Indies.

There are a number of players on this tour who will be looking to prove themselves, either due to poor performances in Australia, or because they now have an opportunity to establish themselves on the international stage.

After a narrow defeat in the first match England can look to some positives, not least the century on debut by Michael Lumb, who has only been regarded as a Twenty/20 player previously.

Lumb must now look to capitalise on his form to cement his place in future one-day matches. Likewise, fellow opener Moeen Ali, has a big opportunity to stake a claim for a more permanent place in the side.

He also has produced some encouraging performances with bat and ball which could bode well for the Worcestershire all-rounder when future selections reach a critical point.

It is also a big tour for Stuart Broad who will want to make his mark with his captaincy in the absence of Alastair Cook. Could he replace Cook sooner rather than later?

There are a number of the middle-order players who are reaching a critical point in their careers. The likes of Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Joss Buttler are all capable of producing very good innings in the limited overs games but they must also have one eye on the Test side where opportunities will surely arise.

Stokes and Buttler were two players who will be able to hold their heads high after the Ashes tour and are the two players who England will have identified as possible Kevin Pietersen replacements. Buttler may also be the man to replace Matt Prior behind the stumps.

Luke Wright and Ravi Bopara also have a lot to prove and Bopara's ability to steer England to victory in the second ODI will have done his confidence a lot of good. Despite appearing in 100 ODIs Bopara is still heavily criticised by England supporters, perhaps out of frustration more than anything else.

The other void which will need to be plugged is who will becoem England's number one spinner now Graeme Swann has retired?

Monty Pansear took over in Australia but he struggled against the Australian onslaught. James Tredwell has often only been regarded as a limited overs specialist but must surely be pressing Monty for a Test place now and with Stephen Parry producing a man-of-the-match
display in the second ODI in Antigua he too could be pushing for a Test spot despite only featuring in six first-class matches prior to this tour.

Moeen Ali and Joe Root are also useful slow bowlers who could give the Test side another
option and Root has impressed in the first two ODIs opening the bowling.

Not only do the players have a lot to prove but Ashley Giles will be hoping that he can inspire the team to success as he bids to impress and prove that he is the right man to take over from Andy Flower as head coach. Results will be the key to this as well as the improvement of the morale within the changing rooms.

England head into the third and deciding ODI on Wednesday hoping to capture a much needed and morale improving series victory before they move on to Barbados for three T20 games as they warm-up for the T20 World Cup.

Victory on Wednesday will be a small step in the right direction as Team England bid to put their disastrous Australian tour behind them. It will not heal the scars entirely though, only time can do that.


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