England’s Lord’s defeat at the hands of India is set to force another round of deliberation over the faltering top-order.
An awkward trend of consistently offering up two quick wickets has become an unwanted hallmark of the Test team and head coach Chris Silverwood is desperate to shake it.
Here the PA news agency looks at the various solutions England might ponder.
Shuffle the existing pack
Promote from within
Hit the comeback trail
Overtime for the chef?
It is three years since Sir Alastair Cook headed into international retirement with a farewell century against India. He is still going with Essex, and made scores of 110 and 68 during the Lord’s Test, but a recall is the stuff of fantasy.