Steve Finn and Liam Plunkett should be England's backup bowlers

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In all teams that have enjoyed success over longer periods of time, bowling line-ups have had a huge role to play.

You may take any very successful team, all of them had three or four world-beating bowlers. McGrath, Lee, Warne, Clark for example or you may take England's Hoggard, Harmison, Flintoff and Jones/Giles or Jimmy, Broad, Swann and Finn/ Tremlett/ Bresnan.

The back-up

What is worth noting here is the back-up bowling. Its not just about one or two individuals but all of them. You could expect every single one of them to bowl that magical spell and they did so on several occasions with consistency.

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Current issues

Now just take a look at the current English bowling. It's all about Stuart Broad and James Anderson and that's it. Can we expect Woakes or Jordan to turn the game around in a session? Can we expect either one of them to get a 7-for on a flat pitch? Can we expect any single one of these two to disturb Australia's Warner, Rogers, Watson, Clarke, Smith or Haddin?

Obviously no is the answer , judging by the recent displays that they have shown. Woakes has ruled county cricket with his excellence but has failed comprehensively on the big stage. Jordan on the other hand is a hit-the-deck-hard bowler which suits the shorter formats, not the longer ones as he doesn't swing it much. 

In the past two tests, one can undoubtedly say that Jordan and Woakes have't contributed to the team's cause at all, except for taking a few good catches. Wickets have been taken by Jimmy, Broad and Ali and here arises the problem. On their day, Anderson and Broad would be enough but what happens when they don't take many wickets? The opponent hits 500+ and game over.

If the decisions aren't taken now, it might be too late. We can't have an attack consisting Woakes and Jordan in The Ashes '15 can we? 

The solution?

Finn and Plunkett. A very simple answer wouldn't you agree? If the ECB just stop practising parsimony for once, the two Middlesex and Yorkshire fast bowlers could be playing for England and without a doubt Cook's team would have the world's best bowling line-up.

Think about the attack, the mere names both excite an English fan and haunt the opponent. It's a perfect line-up if the former world T20 champs want to give the Aussies a taste of their own medicine. Finn and Plunkett disturbing them with pace would indeed be a great sight indeed.

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