Top 5: Future England Test openers

Who will partner Alistair Cook at the top of the order? (©GettyImages)

The England cricket team are currently experiencing something of an identity crisis, with a porous squad opening the doors to a pavilion of opportunity for many aspiring players.

After six months of being battered in all formats of the game, Alistair Cook and Stuart Broad now need to surround themselves with stability as a rebuilding process begins.

Throughout the line-up there are opportunities for youngsters to assert their presence in the national side.

Retirements, poor performances and disagreements are paving the road for future England Test debuts.

Joe Root is one young man who has seized this rare opportunity, and he has embedded himself into the England DNA over the past year.

However, recent criticism was directed at Root and his capabilities as an opener.

These allegations came courtesy of Australian opening batsman, Chris Rogers, who felt that the Yorkshireman would be more influential further down the order.

With that in mind, it is worth thinking who could step forward from the County Championship and represent England at Test level.

Nick Compton and Michael Carberry have been given chances in recent series, but who will be the next to get the call? Here are five uncapped players who are likely to open the batting for England at some stage in the future.

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