The England Test team is fast becoming a side full of men being given a second chance or men being given a brand new opportunity. The likes of Plunkett have been given another go, and players such as Robson and Buttler have been given the opening to cement their own positions.
Suddenly, after the last match, everyone seems to be viewing the future as the brightest England have seen for a while. The hope for their fans is they can continue the new found momentum from the last game into the Test match at Old Trafford.
Looking ahead, there seems to only be one decision to make: play either Steven Finn or Chris Jordan, or rest Broad and play both?
Finn has been recalled based on consistent performances for Middlesex. When he first burst onto the scene he looked the ideal person to lead the attack in years to come. Tall, sharp and accurate- he seemed to have all the attributes of a future world class bowler.
However, it started to slip away from him. His well-known problem with his knee clipping the stumps when bowling not only resulted in runs being given away (thanks to a new law), but also in a major drop in confidence. He was deemed "not selectable" in Australia by Ashley Giles and was swiftly sent home.
Examples to learn from
He has not been the best bowler in county cricket, averaging just under 30 in the Championship, but is a talented young individual deserving of this second chance. Plunkett, before his injury, looked a notably different bowler to the one who played for England in the mid-noughties and though Finn has not had anywhere near as long to wait, he will have no doubt noted Plunkett's improvement and hope that his own is as apparent.
And so we will have to wait to see if Finn plays on Thursday or if this is just a brief introduction back to the England set-up like it was for Kerrigan at Lord's.
Woakes spared battle
Following the plaudits of Woakes' performance at the Ageas Bowl, particularly in relation to his increased pace, Finn is in direct competition with Jordan, one of the many new faces of the England side, who bowled poorly last match, mainly due to being out of rhythm.
The probability of both playing though has seemingly increased following the reporting by the Daily Mail that Broad may be rested.
England know that both Finn and Jordan are bound to big players for their future sides, so long as they are given the confidence and overs under their belts in years to come, pointing to a bright future indeed.
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