It was not a summer for openers. That’s the only reason I can see for cutting both sides opening pairs some slack. Jennings was poor, Cook (last Test aside) was alright, Dhawan was just bad and Rahul didn’t show what he could do until the last innings. I think the only argument for keeping Jennings is that Sri Lanka should be easier to open in. God knows who to put with him, weight of runs says that Burns has earned his chance, but Vince has been in decent form most of the summer as well and should have played in front of Pope last Test. Gubbins and Denly the other names I keep hearing, or one of the old guard like Hildreth or Mitchell. England also need to sort out what to do with number 3 as they can’t keep shoehorning in allrounders there. So that’s the top three places that need replacing and too many biffers to fit too few places in the lower order. Buttler up to number 3? Curran to replace Broad to give him a rest and everyone moves down a slot? Think they will take Stone to SL after the summer he’s had, and Leach as a second offie.
For India they need to find an all rounder that’s more of a batsman, as Pandya ain’t good enough. They would have been better off playing an extra bat like Sharma.