With Pakistan arriving on Sunday, it seems as though the cricket could be coming thick and fast over the next few months.
In order to ensure they had enough options for the summer of cricket, England brought 55 players back to training at the end of May, including 14 that are uncapped in international cricket.
With suggestions that players may not be able to play in both the red- and white-ball formats, you may find yourself in the unusual position of not recognising one or two names in an England line-up.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the six batsmen that could make their Three Lions debut this summer and where they might fit in…
Laurie Evans, Sussex
One of the older players on this list, Evans has made a name for himself with his explosive T20 performances in recent years and it is that format that he seems most likely to get a chance in. The right-handed batsman has been used as a finisher for much of his career but is arguably more effective higher up the order.
The Sussex man was busy in 2019, featuring for a string of T20 franchises around the globe, and impressed on the England Lions’ recent tour to Australia, despite being something of a surprise selection.
Sam Hain, Warwickshire
A free-flowing and attractive batsman, it’s impossible not to be drawn to the 24-year-old’s List A average, which is the highest of any player to play more than 50 innings ever.
Despite his red-ball ambitions, Hain is most likely to make his mark this summer in the shorter formats of the game – as his exclusion from England’s 30-man training group for the West Indies series accentuates.
The fact that he represented Australia U19s before joining Warwickshire means it’s going to be all the more satisfying if the runs start flowing for him this summer.
Will Jacks, Surrey
A tall, powerful batsman, Jacks is the youngest player on this list but while he may be a new name to many England fans, he isn’t one to the Three Lions set up.
The 21-year-old has been a regular in England’s age-group sides and attended both last season’s spin camp in Mumbai (he’s a useful off-spinner) and the Lions tour to Australia earlier this year.
His 25-ball century in a T10 game against Lancashire last year is an example of how destructive a batsman he can be in the white-ball game and that’s likely where he’ll get an opportunity this summer, if he gets one.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Yorkshire
Kohler-Cadmore’s talent as a batsman has been clear since he was named Wisden’s Schoolboy of the Year in 2014 but his exploits for Yorkshire last year, top-scoring for the county with 1729 runs in the 2019 season, proved just what an exciting player he is.
England are somewhat spoilt for choice when it comes to white-ball openers, particularly if you include the outcasted Alex Hales, but that’s where the 25-year-old looks most likely to get his chance this summer.
That’s not to say that he isn’t a talent in the red-ball game as well but his exclusion from the 30-man squad for the West Indies series indicates how the selectors view him at this point in time.
Dan Lawrence, Essex
Lawrence has long been earmarked as a future England batsman and it seems it may be the case of when and not if for the Essex man.
The 22-year-old has achieved a remarkable amount for such a young player, scoring nearly 4,000 runs and 10 centuries in 70 first-class matches. He has had his struggles in recent years but has gone from strength to strength since removing the trigger movement from his game in September 2019.
Scores of 147, 0, 190, 125, and 52 have followed in red-ball cricket, and his contributions with both bat and ball (he bowls off-breaks) were integral to the England Lions’ recent success in Australia.
The middle-order batsman was included in the 30-man group for the West Indies series and could get the nod if Joe Root does indeed miss the opening Test of the series.
Phil Salt, Sussex
The 23-year-old has been called up to the England T20 squad in the past without making an appearance but the shortest format of the game is where he seems most likely to get his chance this summer.
A powerful, clean hitting, top-order batsman, Salt has showcased his skills in franchise cricket – turning heads in the IPL, PSL, CPL, BBL, and T10 – and looks someone that could be pushing for a place in the England side for the upcoming T20 World Cup, whether that takes place this year or next.