There’s always a sense of optimism around England at this time of year. Usually it’s because we haven’t seen them play for a while, and we assume that they’ve been practising something.
I’d say there’s even more this year, on account of the Test victory in Australia, the World Cup around the corner, and the fact that Johnno’s squad is largely unaffected by injury.
England fans usually just want some indication of progress; some proof that they are getting better and the odd hint that the coaches know what they are doing.
However, there are now 12 internationals before England’s first World Cup game next year, and a sense of progress is that much more important. Was the win in Australia a one-off, or can Johnno’s squad back it up over the next few weeks?
How many games do they need to win for Rob Andrew’s inevitable review to look back at the Investec International series and declare it a success? Cast your vote in the poll, and then share your thoughts in the comments below.