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Where next for the England ODI team?

After England's lamentable showing in this World Cup, they have four years to prepare for the 2019 tournament in England. This seems like a long time, but they have a lot of catching up to do.

While the 50-over World Cup is four years away, the T20 World Cup is next year in India and needs to be viewed as a vital staging post on the way to improved 50-over performances. Twenty-over cricket has massively influenced the longer format in recent years and the England squad for India should form the basis for the 2019 event.

Team selection, central contracts, management, players taking part in foreign competitions and the English summer fixture list all need to be looked at.

Stuart Broad and James Anderson need to be jettisoned immediately to add length to their Test careers. The Test team can no longer be seen as the starting point when selecting the limited overs teams.

There needs to be central contracts (or a similar arrangement) for players identified as our future ODI and T20 internationals. Players need to be released to play in the Big Bash and the IPL.

Just as the Test team should not be the starting point of team selection, it also should not be the starting point when appointing a team captain and manager. In fact, it would be preferential to both sides to have a separate management structure and personnel.

Finally for the 2016 season, the whole of the English domestic season needs to stop for a month, probably over late July/early August purely to play T20 games in an IPL/Big Bash style competition. This would attract foreign coaches and players to improve standards. However, who will the teams be? Do we have regional teams? Imagine Yorkshire and Lancashire fans coming together.

Even if England do all this, it may only help them to reach the 2015 standard by 2019, so ultimate success is still unlikely, but England cannot afford humiliation in front of their own fans in four years time.

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