Looking at the current Australia team contesting the series against South Africa drew my attention to the Ashes summer and some comparisons. Siddle has by all accounts settled very well into his role in their attack, and what struck me was that he'd only taken around 50 First Class wickets before his call up. England's problem for a good long time has been taking wickets. Now Chris Woakes http://content.cricinfo.com/england/content/player/247235.html has 49 First Class wickets at 23, but i don't see him on an A Tour or being touted for selection. Another very promising young all-rounder is John Clare http://content.cricinfo.com/england/content/player/297441.html, who is streets ahead of anyone else, Broad aside, when it comes to replacing Flintoff. To be fair to the ECB they have been part of the fast-bowling programme, but lets have these sorts of players around the set up to see what they're like.
The ODI series will surprise us, but not necessarily pleasantly from an English perspective