The Ashes 2019 came to a conclusion, drawn maybe, but one side will definitely go home happier, with the Urn retained. For England, it could have been worse. If not for the heroics of Ben Stokes at Headingley, it could well have been 3-1 against them.
England have a lot to think about, especially their batting. In Rory Burns, they might have found a solid opener. But as we go down the order, only Joe Root and Ben Stokes seem to be good enough. They must start looking more at players who have been scoring heavily in their County. Rory Burns was one such find, and they should keep looking to find more.
England next play New Zealand in New Zealand, and might have to make a few changes to the team for the tour.
Here are three players that can be dropped after the Ashes 2019:
England’s experiment of bringing an opener from the limited overs side has definitely failed after Jason Roy did not pay dividends. For one of the matches, he was demoted to No.4, which also did not lead to good success. Opening, in fact, has been a huge concern for England since the retirement of Andrew Strauss. And once Alastair Cook retired, it went into further problems. In Rory Burns, they might have one of the opening slots fixed, at least for now, but they need another genuine opener to partner Burns. 24-year old Dominic Sibley was the highest scorer in the County cricket this year and might do good with a chance.
It is high time England must accept that Jonny Bairstow is a liability that England cannot afford to have in the their test side. He might be a proven match-winner in the limited overs side, but for test he needs more. In the five test matches in the series, he averaged just over 20. Somebody like an Ollie Pope could come in to replace him with the wicket-keeping duties passed onto Jos Buttler. Ben Foakes is another option who can be given another go with the English team as a wicket-keeper batsman.
Joe Denly might not have been as bad as someone like a Roy, but he is certainly not someone who has cemented his place in the team. His innings of 94 in the final match might tempt England to keep him in the side, but thinking in a future perspective, England might not keep him. He is 33 now and England will have to think of where can he be slotted in the batting order. He did not come good in the middle order. He is not a specialist opener, but scored 94 as an opener. England need to look into Denly’s situation. His final innings might have made England to think a little about him,, but will England give him one more opportunity?