With it looking more and more likely that Alistair Cook will resign the test captaincy, 2017 could be a phenomenal year for Joe Root. I see Joe Root amongst the top 4 batsman in the world at the moment (Kohli, Root, Williamson and Steve Smith) , the other three players who are comparable are all captains, so making Root captain looks to be a good move. Don’t be surprised if the England selectors decide to make Root the captain in ODI’s also.
England have a big year which they start in India for an ODI series, then the Champions Trophy on home turf, followed by Sri Lanka and South Africa at home, ending in an exciting Ashes series down under.
For some reason Khwaja had been sidelined from the Australia squad after initially impressing when he first came in. He now is back in the side and was the top performer against South Africa and Pakistan. Australia need him to be firing next December for the Ashes series if they are to have any chance. A good year could see him become one of the worlds top test players.
In my opinion Jos Butler is the most exciting batsman in world cricket alongside AB Devilliers. They way he can change a game so quickly is a real asset to any side that he plays in. His test place is in the balance, but I would keep him in because of his ability to change a game. He will be looking to do big things in the IPl with Mumbai Indians as well as have a good Champions Trophy. He will have some sort of part in Australia for the Ashes also.
There will not be many tests for India in 2017 for Nair to show his undoubtable talent. He will want to consolidate his place ahead of the likes of Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane as well as pin down a place in the Indian ODI team. A good IPL will help him to achieve this. A good year could see him become the future face of Indian cricket.
With Australia’s sporadic form of recent times, they need a young player to come into the side and inspire the nation. At the age of 20 and with lots of talent Renshaw, could just be this guy. Having lived in England for a lot of his life and playing club cricket with Joe Root he would know a lot about the England side, this could be invaluable during December’s Ashes series.
The 19 year old took to the test cricket like he had been playing for the last 20 years. The nickname Baby Boycott is not given lightly and we saw just why in the few appearances we did see of him. The innings where he marshalled the tail whilst having a broken finger was very Boycott like. The six he hit in his first test innings was Boycott 2.0. In 2017 he will have to fight off Keaton Jennings for the opening spot, but it is for sure that England have the replacement for Cook already sorted.