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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 April 2007, 18:24 GMT 19:24 UK
England's rebuilding process
By Martin Gough
BBC Sport in Barbados

England had already set up a review into their poor performance after the Ashes whitewash, with one-day cricket part of the remit.

But the committee compiling the Schofield Report will convene after the World Cup to discuss how to make sure England improve on their woeful showing in four years' time.

Here are some of the factors they are likely to discuss.


Michael Vaughan and Duncan Fletcher
Vaughan (left) and Fletcher could pay for the World Cup debacle

England will start the summer campaign with a new coach after Duncan Fletcher announced he will quit as England supremo after the final World Cup game against the West Indies.

A caretaker coach is expected to be appointed by Saturday, with current Academy director Peter Moores expected to fill the role.

He is also in the running for the job on a permanent basis, but is expected to face competition from the likes of Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody and Dav Whatmore of Bangladesh, who are both out of contract after the World Cup.

The BBC understands Moores will be put in charge until the Schofield report, which will look into the Ashes debacle and World Cup failure, is published in early May.


Michael Vaughan's history of injuries, and poor one-day batting form, make it almost inevitable that he will have to stand down as one-day skipper.

Andrew Strauss, currently unsure of his place in the side, and Paul Collingwood, who has limited county leadership experience, are the obvious successors.


England have experimented twice with separate Test and one-day captains, without much success, but it is a template that has won Australia two World Cups, in 1999 and 2003.

In both cases, with Steve Waugh in late 1997 and Ricky Ponting in 2002, the new skipper has taken over the side a year away from the tournament.


It is facile to suggest England should pick a side for the first one-day international of the summer that they expect to play in the opening match of the 2011 World Cup.

A team packed with inexperienced youngsters could suffer the kind of mauling at the hands of West Indies and India that would affect confidence through a career.

However, England cannot afford the kind of muddled thinking that saw leading spinner Monty Panesar make his one-day international debut just three months before the start of the 2007 tournament.

The kind of experimentation that has seen 36 players don an international shirt since the start of 2006 needs to take place over the next two years with the aim of a settled squad by 2009.


Monty Panesar
Panesar has tended to be used in a containing role in the middle overs
England's bowling, with its use of variation among the pace battery and the stifling spin of Panesar in the middle overs, is heading in the right direction but lacks experience.

However, England's current batting approach looks more suited to a Test match, or a one-day game before the advent of fielding circles and coloured clothing.

While other teams attack the powerplays in the first 20 overs, England keep wickets in hand, putting huge pressure of the middle order to up the run rate in less favourable conditions.

They have recently argued they do not have players capable of following the formula of other sides but now is a good time to find them.


County competitions are continually fiddled with - there was a major overhaul just last season - but with little thought for the impact on the England team.

Selectors appear to pick successful county players with little idea whether they will be able to carry that success up a level.

They will want the county game to more closely mirror internationals.

Although internationals span 50 overs, only one of the county tournaments - the Friends Provident Trophy - does the same, offering each team nine matches in the first half of the season.

Many matches lack intensity, with coaches keen to prioritise the first-class Championship, especially if they are not in the hunt for one-day silverware.


Because of the northern hemisphere summer, England are the only team that does not have a break of at least three months at least every other year.

Fletcher has tried to make sure there are breaks of at least a month at either end of the English season but demands from other countries and tournaments do not always make that possible.

Andrew Strauss
Strauss has recently struggled to match his previous ODI form
This leads to injuries, mental fatigue and loss of form among key players - witness Andrew Strauss' inability to maintain the form he began his international career with.

Over the next 12 months, England host West Indies and India, then play in the Twenty20 World Cup and tour Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

In all they will play 13 Tests, 20 one-day internationals and between five and seven Twenty20 games, with a month off in October and another in January.

There is also the fact that, since 1999, the World Cup has coincided with an Ashes tour.

England have already identified the problems in prioritising both - although Australia have never had a problem - but cannot address it until 2011 because of prior agreements.

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