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England must improve their batting to move forward

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England cricket continues to face a huge dilemma over it's batting game, one that must concern the power players behind the scenes, trying to develop a team capable of world domination.

In a summer where England defied all the odds to retain The Ashes, their success ultimately came from a formidable bowling attack, which at key moments, completely destroyed Australia.

But apart from some impressive batting by Joe Root at times, it was Australia who dominated the top 5 rankings for players hitting the most runs throughout the series.

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In a time where three modern formats of the game dominate the sport, it is little wonder England have found it difficult to find the right balance between developing quick hitters and solid batters who can see out long spells at the crease.

These shortcomings have both been highlighted in The Ashes Test Series and more recently in England's total collapse in the one day opener with Australia in Southampton.

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Ultimately, this is an issue the ECB must do more to support, both in grass roots cricket and first class cricket.

A long term strategy must be adopted to develop 'complete' cricketers who can impact a game with bat, ball and the very best fielding skills.

As we all continue to enjoy magnificent bowling and fielding skills from our current crop of first class cricketers, what a pleasure it will surely be to behold, watching them destroy teams with a bat too!

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