James Anderson and Stuart Broad won’t be around forever, so who can fill the void for England when these two have rolled into retirement?
In English conditions then Chris Woakes and Sam Curran should be reliable options but overseas it’s a different story.
Could any of the following step up for England with the new ball in the future…
Jamie Porter 275 First Class wickets @ 23.78
Is Porter destined to be a nearly man?
He continues to take wicket upon wicket at domestic level but by the time Anderson and Broad have departed, will the ship have sailed for Porter?
The spearhead of Essex’s attack has overcome injury, not unlike Anderson and could be primed to fill the void.
Ben Coad 103 @ 19.70
Yorkshireman Coad is behind Porter in the pecking order and is absurdly still awaiting Lions recognition. Any suggestions of him being a one season wonder have already been dispelled. Another campaign of the sort he’s had in recent seasons should surely see him knocking the door down.
Tom Bailey 155 @ 26.05
Anderson’s Lancashire colleague Bailey had nearly slipped under the radar despite his regular ripping up of wickets on the county scene. This winter however he got the recognition he deserved with a call-up to the England Lions squad.
Has he learnt a few tricks from England’s record wicket taker that he can bring to the Test arena himself?
Jamie Overton 130 @ 33.22
Were it not for injuries then Somerset’s Jamie Overton may have already debuted for England. His extra pace and bounce would be welcomed on Australian decks (Hopefully by England, not Australian batsman!) but can he last five days or even ten overs?
Steven Finn 531 @ 28.96
254 international wickets but little case can be made for selecting Middlesex man Finn. If he can hit the ground running in 2019 however and snaffle a giant bag full of wickets then maybe England could yet get the best out of him.
There are plenty of other options and it will be interesting to see who England turn to when the time comes to… fill the void!