The squad for England’s upcoming winter tour of South Africa was announced on Saturday ahead of the side’s second test series under new head coach Chris Silverwood.
Despite the result, there were undoubtedly positives for Joe Root’s men to take away from their tour of New Zealand, including a return to form for the skipper, Rory Burns’ continued development, and the performances of Surrey duo Sam Curran and Ollie Pope.
Attention now shifts to the four-match series set to begin on Boxing at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
With a new head coach leading the Three Lions, there will be a number of players looking to try and cement a place in his plans moving forward.
With that in mind, here are three England players that may have a point to prove…
It may seem strange that Anderson, a living legend and the fast bowler with the most test wickets in history, is on this list but he is returning from recent injury issues and is now 37.
There may be questions over whether he is still the right man to lead the England attack and Anderson will undoubtedly want to put those to bed in South Africa.
One of England’s World Cup heroes, Woakes has been criticised in the past for his poor record overseas.
He finished as the Three Lions’ second-highest wicket-taker in the New Zealand test series, despite only playing one game, and will be determined to continue that form in South Africa.
Root has an enviable stable of quicks available to him already and with both Anderson and Mark Wood back in the squad, competition for places will be tight.
Sibley made his Three Lions debut against the Kiwis and despite looking impressive at times, only made 38 runs from three innings in the series.
With rumours that Keaton Jennings may be recalled for the tour to Sri Lanka, the 24-year-old will no doubt want to get some runs under his belt and impress the selectors in South Africa.