Another World Cup is on the horizon of course(2020). The T20 version will take place in Australia in little less than a year from now and England will be the most favorites, hoping to go one better than the last World T20 in India which was held in 2016.
When England lost the final to the West Indies. But if they are to do that, they will do so preparing rather differently to how they have approached the 50-overs tournament this summer.
There is no settled squad. They are also not topping the world rankings. T20 cricket had taken a backseat as England understandably hunted ODI glory.
It has shown in a patchy set of results. Since that 2016 tournament in India, England has won 12 and lost 10 in T20I cricket, although their recent form is good, with five successive victories.
They have largely used format to rest key all the format players and blood new ones, hampering their consistency.
Only Chris Jordan has played all the 22 games since the last World T20 while Stokes had played just twice and Moeen Ali just three times.
There are also a number of areas, including the middle order and in the seam attack, where to be answered.
Despite that, England lies second in the world rankings and they have 17 T20Is, beginning with five against New Zealand over the next coming two weeks, to find their groove ahead of the coming 2020 World Cup.
Before England settle on personnel and a formula,the five-match series against NZ is being used by the selectors to have a look at a number of fringe and also the young players who could force their way into next year’s World Cup squad whilst allowing them to also rest the likes of Jos Buttler, Stokes, and Jofra Archer – certain starters next year in Australia.