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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 June, 2004, 15:45 GMT 16:45 UK
New faces impress Fletcher
D Fletcher
Fletcher has found a good reason to wear a smile on his face
Coach Duncan Fletcher says England have been lucky to pick new players who have made an instant impression.

Geraint Jones and Andrew Strauss are the most recent in a line of new faces who have become important members of a Test squad who now tend to win.

Fletcher said: "To get the timing right when you're bringing new guys in is just about impossible at times.

"But sometimes you are lucky and a guy comes in on top of his form and carries on taking wickets or scoring runs."

Fletcher said he believed the new players had done well because they had a suitable amount of experience before making their Test debuts.

"I think the age of the new guys and the fact they are in their mid-20s might be an important part," he said.

"I think the key is that they've gone away and realised what is required - they realise what they've got to do to be a Test player.

"I'd say the gaps have been filled more quickly than I expected.

"I see a young bunch of players coming together who realise their potential."

All the players have accepted a new hard work ethic introduced by captain Michael Vaughan this winter, which included visits to the gym even after a hard day's cricket.

Fletcher said: "They were prepared to accept, and we made sure we drove it home, that to get somewhere it's not just about having the talent."


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