Jamie Overton and Olly Stone are seriously considered to be included in the England team for the Sri Lankan tour.
It is believed that Overton and Stone, two of the fastest young bowlers in England, are interesting, not only to exploit Sri Lanka's perceived weakness against rhythm, but also for the transition to life after James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
While Overton and Stone have struggled with injuries in the past, they are currently playing bowling with a rare rhythm and hostility in the English game. Stone, currently with Warwickshire, has claimed 33 championship fields at a cost of only 11.57 in Division Two this season, while Overton, whose twin brother Craig was part of the England team in Australia and New Zealand last winter, has claimed 23 to 22.69 in Division One Both are 24 years old.
ESPNcricinfo reported a few weeks ago that the management of England was considering resting Anderson or Broad for the tour of Sri Lanka. Of the couple, it now seems more likely that Broad is rested, but it is understood that no firm decision has been reached on any of them.
And although it is expected that there will be at least three spinners on the tour of England, Jack Leach of Somerset is expected to join Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, the couple who played at The Oval. for at least one of the young fast bowlers.
England's lack of speed was exposed during the last Ashes tour in Australia. While the Australian rhythm attack found life from the surfaces, the quieter alignment of England became impotent. Both Overton and Stone are able to play at over 90 mph, with Overton also blessed with a height that generates a strong bounce.
The test squad for the tour is expected to be named at the end of next week.
George Dobell is a senior correspondent in ESPNcricinfo
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