England don't have a like-for-like replacement for Kevin Pietersen - so who should fill the gaping hole in their batting line-up for this summer's Tests against Sri Lanka and India?
Former all-rounder Dominic Cork runs the rule over some of the likely contenders who might pick up the mantle following the number four's departure...
Corky says: We've seen him excel in one-day and Twenty20 cricket especially but he needs to convince me that he is suited to four and five-day cricket. He's got the skills and the temperament to perhaps be that missing link now Pietersen has gone. Moreover, if the ECB decides that Alastair Cook isn't the man to lead the side then he is captain material as well. He is someone that Paul Downton and whoever the future coach is needs to speak to; they need to say to him 'what do you want to do? Are you interested in playing Test cricket again?' If that's not the case, then you have to look at what the Lions are producing.
Record: 700 runs in 16 Tests at an average of 30.43; 3,859 first-class runs at an average of 34.45
Corky says: He played at Headingley against South Africa in 2012 when Kevin Pietersen scored that fantastic hundred. He's a different type of player - he's a bit more nugget. He's not a big, expansive stroke-player; he's someone who looks to nudge and nurdle. He played against one of the best attacks in world cricket in his debut series, against Steyn, Morkel, Philander. That was very difficult but he handled himself very well. He's got a good record as well. He's made the move from Leicestershire up to Nottinghamshire and he's very well thought of in the English set up. Taylor is a player they should look at even though there are a lot of younger players around - Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Gary Ballance - but at some stage you have to blood these younger players.
Record: 34 runs in two Tests at an average of 16; 6,553 first-class runs at an average of 47.14
Corky says: He's someone who could come out and play in a positive vein. We watch him week in, week out at County level and it's clear that he's an expansive, aggressive player who also bowls off spin and fields well. Again, I think he is liked by the ECB and he's played quite a bit of Lions cricket now. He would be someone who could bat in the middle-order and maybe up the run-rate. A lot of international cricket when you step up is down to your mental attitude.
Record: 6,448 first-class runs at an average of 37.70
Corky says: I know he's a former team-mate of mine but he's another one of these characters who is still learning his trade and is still understanding the art of batting in the longer form of the game. He's made his name really in the shorter form of the game but he's worked hard on the mental side of batting and could one day step up. A few years ago he was likened to Michael Vaughan but he needs to start off well in county cricket this season; he needs to understand that time at the crease is important, not a glorious 40.
Record: 3,683 first-class runs at an average of 37.20
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