Freewheeling England are leading the march towards Total Cricket | Mark Ramprakash

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Since Ben Stokes took over as captain, the Test side have had all the answers, but there are difficult questions to come in 2023

I’ve just been to India with the cricketers from Harrow school, where I coach. There are some very strong players and a bit of depth in the first-team squad at the moment, which means I am lucky enough to be able to rotate players around.

I always encourage young players to be all-rounders – you want athletic cricketers who hopefully can contribute with the bat, the ball and in the field – and recently the talent and flexibility in the squad has given me the latitude I need to mix up the side and give more people opportunities. Of course it is one thing to do this with a school team and quite another to see it in a Test side, but England seem to be pushing this even further and really challenging traditional cricketstereotypes.

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Written by Mark Ramprakash
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