Sport360 – England may know Alastair Cook is about to play his final Test at The Oval, but little else appears certain about their immediate or longer-term future.

Summary

  • England may know Alastair Cook is about to play his final Test at The Oval, but little else appears certain about their immediate or longer-term future.
  • Coach Trevor Bayliss admitted, in the aftermath of the series-sealing 60-run win over Test cricket’s number one team India in Southampton, that he did not know as yet whether captain Joe Root will again choose to drop down from number three to his favoured number four position.
  • The Yorkshireman did that, unannounced, to relatively successful effect in England’s second innings on day three at the Ageas Bowl – where Moeen Ali was chosen to move up from number seven in his place.
  • They could do with identifying a successor to the retiring Cook as soon as possible with an autumn Test series in Sri Lanka already looming – and it would be handy too to know whether Jonny Bairstow will again be relieved of the wicketkeeping gloves by Jos Buttler, as he was because of his broken finger in Southampton.
  • “I hope we can find someone who can do a decent job at number three, and (Joe) can bat where he feels most comfortable,” added Bayliss, who believes the adaptable Moeen may fit the bill.

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