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Other contenders for spots in England’s batting line-up had a mixed time of it in the last round of matches, with some scoring heavily but others not doing so well.
Ian Bell started poorly for Warwickshire against Sussex with a four-ball duck, then redeemed himself tremendously with an unbeaten 189 second time around.
County and England colleague Jonathan Trott made starts in both innings but will be disappointed not to capitalise further.
Gary Ballance has also been mentioned as a possible England regular, and he looked decent as he made 77 against Somerset in the first innings. However, he failed to reach double figures in his second knock and needs a big innings or two to be sure of a place.
James Taylor enjoyed a solid outing for Nottinghamshire, scoring 62 in the first innings and then 33 in the second, and he may well find himself in line for a recall to the international side.
Finally, despite his place seeming under some threat from others, opener Michael Carberry recovered from scoring just 27 first time out for Hampshire against Gloucestershire to score exactly 100 in his second innings.
In all, there are some encouraging signs for many of England’s potential batsmen, and they will be keen to continue improving and maintain form.