James Anderson, Mark Wood and Olly Stone are nursing injuries.
Moeen Ali is currently taking a break.
Adil Rashid has a shoulder issue and has not played a game because January or any game as the World Cup final in July.
All of which makes who will combine Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran and also Jack Leach at the pack for November’s two-Test tour of New Zealand fascinating.
Anderson (calf), Stone (rear ) and Wood (side and knee) haven’t formally been ruled from the series – the squad for which can be announced on Monday afternoon – but seem long shots to make the excursion, together with all the four-Test tussle against South Africa from Boxing Day a likely goal.
In their absence that is probable, two Somerset seamers will eye call-ups, with Lewis Gregory and Craig Overton seemingly vying for a spot as backup paceman at the least.
Overton played with his fourth Test to England during the Ashes, showing courage with the bat as the hosts threatened to pull off a draw at Old Trafford, however his bowling was largely ineffective and his Test average with the ball stands at an unremarkable 44.77.
Gregory, uncapped in cricket, had been raised the pecking order at the start of the summer, called in the squad for the Ireland Test just to be left from their starting XI.
Even the 27-year-old, who missed almost all of August with a foot injury, has bagged 51 wickets in just 10 Championship matches this year at 15.49 before the name decider with Essex, together with four five-wicket hauls and 11 scalps from the game in a loaf of Kent in June.
Gregory doesn’t possess Wood or Stone’s pace but has snared over 250 wickets along with his ability to swing the ball.
Essex’s Jamie Porter has passed 50 wickets at each of the previous four Championship efforts, a landmark he’ll reach yet again weekly when he takes two in Taunton and is of a similar ilk.
Sussex’s Ollie Robinson is not fast either but now has over 60 this term and picked up 74 scalps last season, albeit at the division.
Another bolter may be Lancashire’s Saqib Mahmood – now, he is fast.
The 22-year-old hasn’t set the world alight from the Championship during his side’s promotion campaign, though was electric in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
If he miss out on a Exam call-up he ought to be able to match himself with a spot in the T20 celebration of England alongside gifted and team-mate leg-spinner Matt Parkinson.
Twist in Test cricket is on England’s schedule with Ali particular and Rashid certain to not produce the New Zealand trip, leaving a spot unoccupied as deputy to Leach.
England may decide they don’t need a different spinner and that Joe Denly’s leg rests and Joe Root’s off fractures could cover if Leach overlook for any reason but when they do want a frontline tweaker, it might return to Liam Dawson or Leach’s Somerset colleague Dom Bess.
Whilst off-spinner Bess has bagged 24 wickets enjoying either at Yorkshire or on loan for Somerset slow left-armer Dawson might hold up an wind and is cheap.
Both have expertise that is Evaluation, both can bat and both are very great fielders.
Parkinson and Surrey’s Amar Virdi – who snared a haul but has played second fiddle to the Gareth Batty for much of the campaign – are alternatives.
If just Simon Harmer were English…
Head to skysports.com and Sky Sports News on Monday for news of and reaction to England’s squads for the tour of New Zealand.
The watch the excursion, which features two Evaluations and five T20Is, live on Sky Sports Cricket in October, November and December.