How do you replace 12,000 Test runs?

Speaking before his final test of an illustrious career of 12 years, Alastair Cook referred to whether he was the last of its kind – substance on style, a game based on long-form cricket first. "I think children will naturally be more attracted to the razzmatazz of T20, I've seen it in the Essex youth team, their attack game is better than their defensive game, and that's a fact." So as England seeks to replace its top scorer, what are the options?

Haseeb Hameed
Age: 21
First class average: 30.91
When he returned from the tour of England to India at the end of 2016, with a finger injury, Hameed seemed destined to reproduce the Soft transition of Cook in Test cricket. However, it was not. He has averaged only 19.52 in first class cricket in the following two seasons without a single century. The 2018 season has been especially frightening: he has averaged only 9.70 in the Championship and currently can not enter the side of Lancashire.

Rory Burns
Age: 28
First class average: 43.92
As the first – and currently, only – man to have scored 1000 Championship races in 2018, Burns has been hitting the Door hard all summer. He is, in a way, similar to Cook: lefty, not especially easy for the eyes, but blessed with good judgment off stump and with strong levels of concentration. He has now scored 1000 first-class races in each of the past five seasons and has received praise from Dale Steyn, among others. He also has the highest first class average on this list. You will probably consider yourself very unfortunate if you do not win a place in the tour of Sri Lanka.

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Nick Gubbins
Age: 24
First class average: 35.94
For a long time seen as one to have In mind, Gubbins is another lefty with some similarities to Andrew Strauss. He scored more than 1400 first class races since Middlesex won the Championship in 2016, but suffered a decline in the form of the following season. A particularly good fast bowler, he has a reputation for being uncomfortable against the turn and endured a tough Lions tour of the Caribbean last winter. With the upcoming winter tours to Sri Lanka and the Caribbean, that can count against you.

Ben Duckett
Age: 23
First class average: 39.21
When Duckett scored more than 2,700 races in total formats during the 2016 season, he was promoted to both sides, Test and ODI. But he discovered that the step-up in the class was more difficult than expected and, fighting the particular turn, was abandoned after four Tests produced an average of only 15.71. He has not found life easy since he returned to the county game, either. He averaged 25.00 for the Northants in Division Two cricket this season and, having moved to Nottinghamshire, he hit the No. 4 spot in the debut. Not having the best disciplinary reputation, was eliminated from the Lions team after an incident in Perth during the ashes, it will also do some favors.

Keaton Jennings
Age: 26
First Class Average: 33.84
With a batting average of 22.65 after 11 Tests, Jennings can probably be considered somewhat fortunate to retain a spot on the side of England for the Oval Test. As the man in possession, however, he has a decent chance to keep a place on the tour, simply because the selectors can be reluctant to blood two new openers at the same time. His balanced temperament has impressed the management of England, but the lack of careers is becoming a serious problem.

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Mark Stoneman
Age: 31
First-class average: 34.91
Abandoned by England just a few months ago, it seems too early for Stoneman come back. He recently returned to county cricket-after a time away for personal reasons-with a century but, after averaging 27.68 in his 11 Tests, he may have to score heavily for some time to push for a recall.

Joe Denly [19659003] Age: 32
First class average: 36.65
It's been nine years since Denly played international cricket and limited international cricket, and in late 2014, when he was released by Middlesex It seemed that his career could be over. But, after a couple of good seasons in the county game, he's back in the mix. Somehow, it fits perfectly: he is a right-handed hitter and an excellent leg runner. And, after four centuries of first class in 2017, he has achieved three more this year. It would be a remarkable selection – Denly tends not to open more – he has gone to No. 3 and No. 4 in his last games – and plays in Division Two of the Championship, but it seems that could happen.

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Alex Hales
Age: 29
First class average: 37.81
Having left the red ball cricket for now, it seems unlikely Hales is considered although Adil Rashid has reversed his decision, in somewhat different circumstances, given the lack of available spinners, to return to the side of the test this season.

Jason Roy
Age: 28
First-class class: 37.72
Definitely there was some interest on the part of the management of England in interpreting Roy on the side of the test earlier this summer , but, since he has not played a first class game this year and plays in the middle for Surrey, he probably can not be considered a serious candidate.

Daryl Mitchell [19659003] Age: 34
First class average: 40.72
As the only man on this list other than Burns with a first class average of 40, Mitchell should be under consideration . It seems that his age can count against him, although the example of Chris Rogers suggests that it should not be like that. A compact right-handed hitter and good sliding outfielder, Mitchell has hit three centuries of championship in 2018 and only four men have more Division One races this season.

* Statistics as of September 4, 2018


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