Jason Roy (left) and Adil Rashid are among the young cricketers introduced by England © Getty Images
Jason Roy (left) and Adil Rashid are among the young cricketers introduced by England © Getty Images

England have made sweeping changes after the debacle in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, in Tests as well as One-Day Internationals (ODI). With their newcomers, along with some old faces, making significant contributions in England’s 3-2 series win over New Zealand, Pramod Ananth reckons things are finally looking good for England. READ: England have decoded ODI batting but bowling remains suspect

England faced a humiliating exit in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and they knew they had to act quickly to recover from it. They have made quite a few good choices since then, especially when it came to their team selection. Along with some new faces, they also recalled some familiar faces like Liam Plunkett, Sam Billings and Adil Rashid, which has further bolstered their squad. READ: England have finally woken up to modern cricket

Their Test team led by Alastair Cook and their ODI team led by Eoin Morgan have played impressive cricket, and seem to have redeemed themselves to a certain extent. England played West Indies in the Caribbean where they played some excellent cricket, but could not seal the series as the three-match series finished 1-1.

They then hosted New Zealand at home for two Tests, five ODIs and one T20 International (T20I). Both sides played competitive cricket as the two-match Test series finished 1-1 and England clinched the ODI series 3-2. The results have come just at the right time as The Ashes 2015 is impending and Australia have already arrived on their shores.

England are sure to have some selection headaches ahead of The Ashes 2015, which comes as good news for them. Fast bowler Mark Wood has turned out to be one of the best finds for England. He has performed admirably in Tests and ODIs. He has got great potential and could find his name in the Ashes squad as well.

Mark Wood in ODIs:

M I W BBI Ave Econ
4 4 3 1/25 60.66 5.2

Mark Wood in Tests:

2 4 9 3/93 5/159 33.22 48.6

At the back of an excellent domestic record for Yorkshire, Left-handed batsman Adam Lyth has transformed his form at the international level too. Lyth scored a vital century in the second Test against New Zealand and looks like an ideal partner for Cook at the top of the order.

Adam Lyth in Tests

M I R Ave HS 50s 100s
2 4 150 37.5 107 0 1

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid too seems to have received a new lease of life after his excellent all-round performance against New Zealand. England have been lacking a quality spinner since the retirement of off-spinner Graeme Swann and Rashid could just be the answer to that. Added to his excellent control with the ball, he can chip in with some vital runs low down the batting order as well. Moeen Ali has been used as a spinner in Tests, but Rashid’s impressive performance could warrant him a place in the Test side as well. READ: Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid make most of the absence of key England players

Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow played an impressive innings against New Zealand in the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand scoring unbeaten 60-ball 83, could be the perfect cover for Jos Buttler, who missed out due to injury. Bairstow’s impressive form too will surely be taken into consideration when the England selectors pick the team for the upcoming series.

Left-arm fast bowler David Willey too is a good addition to the England side. His inclusion adds an extra dimension to the team, plus he is an extremely handy batsman lower down the order. Another fast bowler Plunkett has also had an impressive season with Yorkshire, which warranted him a place in the squad.

David Willey in ODIs:

M I W BBI Ave Econ SR
4 4 8 3/69 28.12 6.61 25.2

England have shown that they have potential to do well and are not afraid to drop key players like James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ian Bell ahead of the series against New Zealand. But their absence has proved extremely fruitful as a new bunch of players have emerged from it. England will hope for the new lot of players to fire, when they are given opportunities.

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)