Mark Wood, james Anderson and Olly Stone are nursing injuries.
Moeen Ali is currently taking a break from Test cricket.
Adil Rashid includes a shoulder problem and hasn’t played any game since the World Cup or a red-ball game because January final in July.
All of that makes who will join Jack Leach, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran along with Stuart Broad at the bowling pack for the two-Test tour of New Zealand interesting of November.
Anderson (H ), Stone (back) and Wood (knee and side ) have not officially been ruled out of the show – the group for which is announced on Monday afternoon – but look long shots to make the trip, together with all the four-Test tussle from South Africa out of Boxing Day a more likely goal.
In their absence that is probable, just two Somerset seamers will eye call-ups, together with Lewis Gregory and Craig Overton vying for a place as back-up paceman.
Overton played his fourth Test for England during the Ashes, showing guts with the bat as the hosts threatened to pull a draw at Old Trafford, however his bowling was mostly unsuccessful and also his Test average using the ball stands at an unremarkable 44.77.
Gregory, uncapped in international cricket, had been higher up the pecking order at the start of the summer, named in the group to the Ireland Test only to be left out of the starting XI.
Even the 27-year-old, who missed almost all of August with a foot injury, has bagged 51 wickets in only 10 Championship matches this season at 15.49 before this name decider with Essex, together with four five-wicket hauls along with 11 scalps from the game at a thrashing of Kent in June.
Gregory doesn’t possess Wood or Stone’s pace but has snared over 250 first-class wickets with his ability to swing the ball.
The Jamie Porter of essex is made of a similar ilk, and it has passed 50 wickets in each of the four Championship campaigns, a landmark he will reach.
Sussex’s Ollie Robinson is not fast possibly but chose up 74 scalps last year and now has over 60 this period, albeit in the branch.
Another bolter might be Lancashire’s Saqib Mahmood – he is fast.
The 22-year-old has not set the world alight in the Championship though was electrical in the Royal London One-Day Cup using 28 wickets at 10 matches.
If he miss out on a Test call-up, then he should have the ability to match himself with a spot in England’s T20 party , potentially alongside talented and team-mate leg-spinner Matt Parkinson.
Twist in Test cricket is also on the agenda of England with Ali certain and Rashid certain to not produce the New Zealand trip, leaving a place unoccupied to Leach.
England may decide they do not require another spinner and that Joe Denly’s leg breaks and Joe Root off fractures could cover should Leach overlook on any reason but if they do want a frontline tweaker, it may come down to Liam Dawson or Leach’s Somerset colleague Dom Bess.
While off-spinner Bess has bagged 24 wickets this campaign whilst playing either at Yorkshire or online loan for Somerset slow left-armer Dawson is economic and could hold upward an wind.
Both have expertise that is Test, both can both are extremely good fielders.
Surrey’s along with parkinson Amar Virdi – that snared a haul however has played second fiddle to the Gareth Batty for much of the campaign – are options.
If only Simon Harmer were English…
Head to skysports.com and Sky Sports News on Monday for information of and response to England’s squads for the tour of New Zealand.
The watch the excursion, which comprises 2 Tests and five T20Is, live on Sky Sports Cricket in October, November and December.