Prior to heading out to Bangladesh, England were dealt a blow as news broke that their premium fast bowler James Anderson will miss the Test Series due to injury.
It’s fair to say that age and injuries have caught up with Anderson over the last twelve months. He missed two tests of the South Africa series and he suffered a stress fracture of the shoulder in the early summer series against Sri Lanka.
Things didn’t get any better for him against Pakistan, a dispute over his fitness meant he missed the opening Test. On plus, however, is that Anderson’s omission from the Bangladesh series will allow him to be fully rested for the tour of India starting in November.
Come the first test in Dhaka, I expect to see Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Steven Finn leading the line as the out-and-out pace attack in Bangladesh, with Ben Stokes also offering up his outstanding all round skills.
For now it looks like England will be able to deal without Anderson, knowing he is will be back for the huge Indian series.
But behind the scenes, at the ECB, there will be longer-term plans in place and players in mind when it comes to dealing with life after Anderson, but who are they?