James Anderson, Mark Wood and Olly Stone are nursing injuries.
Moeen Ali is taking a break from Test cricket.
Adil Rashid has not played any match as the World Cup or a game since January final in July and has a shoulder issue.
All of that makes who will combine Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad along with Jack Leach from the bowling package for the two-Test excursion of New Zealand interesting of November.
Anderson (calf), Stone (rear ) and Wood (side and knee) haven’t formally been ruled from this series – the squad for which is announced on Monday afternoon – however seem long shots to make the trip, with all the four-Test tussle against South Africa from Boxing Day a likely target.
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, demonstrating guts with the bat as the hosts threatened to pull a draw at Old Trafford, yet his bowling was mostly unsuccessful and also his Test average using the ball stands in an abysmal 44.77.
Gregory, uncapped in cricket, was higher up the pecking order at the start of the summer, named in the group to the Ireland Test to be left out of their starting XI.
The 27-year-old, who missed almost all of August with a foot injury, has bagged 51 wickets in only 10 Championship matches this year at 15.49 before the title decider with Essex, with four five-wicket hauls along with 11 scalps in the match at a thrashing of Kent at June.
Gregory doesn’t possess Wood or Stone’s speed but has snared over 250 first-class wickets with his ability to swing the ball.
The Jamie Porter of essex is of a similar ilk, and it has handed 50 wickets at each of the four Championship campaigns, a milestone he’ll reach.
Sussex’s Ollie Robinson isn’t fast possibly but chose up last year to 74 scalps and currently has over 60 this term, albeit at the second division.
Another bolter might be the Saqib Mahmood of Lancashire – he is fast.
The 22-year-old hasn’t set the world alight from the Championship though was electric in the Royal London One-Day Cup with 28 wickets in 10 matches.
Should he miss out on a Test call-up he ought to have the ability to match himself alongside talented and team-mate leg-spinner Matt Parkinson, possibly with a spot in England celebration.
Twist in Test cricket Rashid sure not to produce the New Zealand trip as deputy to Leach and is also on the agenda of England with Ali.
England may decide they don’t require a different spinner and that Joe Denly’s leg breaks and Joe Root’s off fractures could cover if 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.
Slow left-armer Dawson is economical and may hold an wind upward, while off-spinner Bess has bagged 24 wickets this effort when playing either or on loan.
Both have Evaluation experience, both may bat and both are quite good fielders.
Parkinson along with Surrey’s Amar Virdi – who snared a 14-wicket haul against Nottinghamshire however has played second fiddle for a lot of the campaign – are out choices.
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 tour, which features five T20Is and 2 Tests, live on Sky Sports Cricket at October, November and December.