There was a lot of noise around the UK in the lead-up to the Ashes Test in India.
The media was abuzz about the future of Chris Rogers, the England batsman who has been ruled out for three weeks with a knee injury.
He was anointed England’s next captain and the new England team was touted to be a threat to Australia’s dominance of Test cricket.
The new England cricket team is also the same as the one that took on Australia in the Ashes, and it was a very different team to the one England had faced in 2016.
But in the run-up, there was a certain sense of optimism about the new-look England team.
For a lot, it looked like the future was bright for the team.
The Ashes Test had been billed as the first of many Test series between England and Australia in India, but this was just the start.
It was the first time that England would play the Ashes in India in its entirety.
This was also the first Test match that England had won since 2005.
But the hope of success was not a given.
England, the new national team, was going to be up against India, the reigning champions.
And for many of the players who were on the team that won the Ashes last year, it was the last time they would play a Test match.
There was uncertainty surrounding the future for some of the team’s stars.
Chris Rogers was the only one of the three players named to the England squad to make a Test debut this year.
It meant that, for a few days at least, they were still part of the England team that had won the World Cup.
In the first innings, Rogers was a threat.
He had made a couple of solid innings, and he was not the most exciting of all the batsmen.
He could be a very good Test opener but his batting had been a little shaky in the series.
England were looking for some answers.
The batting was solid, but the bowling was not.
In his first innings of the second Test, Rogers had an average of 4.75 and a four.00 in the first over.
That is very good, but it is a bit on the low side.
It also was the lowest of his Test averages at his first Test.
However, in his next innings, he bowled a decent eight.
It is not the first half-century of his career, but he did have his first one of his own.
He also had another good spell in the second over, with his average of 16.20 in that over making it the third highest in the innings.
It would be his first fifty-plus in England’s innings.
Rogers was not alone.
In terms of innings figures, Chris Woakes had the most Test innings, with 14.
But he was also not the only player who had been out for most of the series against India.
Shane Watson had had his innings interrupted in the third over when he was struck by a ball.
He did not return to the field.
Tom Wood had a hamstring injury.
Ian Bell had been injured, too, when he bowlled a ball into the stands.
But they all made it through.
But not everyone was so lucky.
There were several other players who had not been on the field, including Steven Finn and James Anderson, who had both been in the Test side but had not played in a Test.
There is a feeling that England’s future looks brighter than it actually is, but that does not mean that things are rosy.
The team is playing well in the current Ashes series, but England are not the team they were when they played in 2016, and the lack of batting and bowling options will not be forgotten.
But it will not stop them being one of England’s biggest threats in this series.
The spinners are the big story, the bowling is solid, the batting is good.
But as with many other parts of the world, the best of this country’s sports stories come from the people who are writing about it.
And the people that write about it are often very honest about the challenges they face and the challenges that lie ahead.
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