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England’s next 12 months will go a long way to defining Peter Moores

By the time the final Test of four against South Africa is done a year from now we shall have a better picture of where the England team stand
• Coach does not yet know best World Cup XI

England will be stretched to the limit during this next 12 months, physically and mentally, and across formats. Test matches come thick and fast from the spring onwards, 17 of them in little more than nine months, which, if you think about it, amounts to roughly a third of Sir Don Bradman’s career. On top of that there are the usual rounds of ODIs and the occasional T20 international.

The year starts with the Tri-Series in Australia, for which the team are currently embarking with the prospect that many of the players and management may not return home until after the first week in May. That would be the case should they reach the World Cup final and be compelled to go straight to the Caribbean for the three-Test tour. Unlikely, granted, but a real possibility nonetheless in a format that allows a steady gain in momentum – and certainly more so than a month ago.

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