England will take an open-minded approach into selecting their Test team for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka and India following their Ashes whitewash in Australia, according to national selector James Whitaker.
Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann and Jonathan Trott have all departed the international scene since England relinquished the urn down under and suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat.
Andy Flower, Ashley Giles, Graham Gooch and Saqlain Mushtaq have all left the England coaching set-up as well, with the reappointment of Peter Moores and arrival of former Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace beginning a new era for English cricket.
And given the upheaval, Whitaker is refusing to rule out any player ahead of the beginning of the Test match summer, which starts against Sri Lanka in June.
"We're some way off [selecting the team] at the moment," he said. "I am very open-minded still, as are the other three [selectors, Angus Fraser, Mick Newell and Moores].
"Peter is still getting his feet under the table and he has an open mind about the first Test team, which he should at this stage.
"It's important that the players playing county cricket feel that and know that. They are all playing their hearts out to be in that Test team and it's very encouraging that a number of players we are looking at are scoring runs, taking wickets and coming into form.
"There are places available for people to hold their hands up and push themselves forward into the first Test team."
While Whittaker claims Moores and the selectors are unsure over the team for the first Test of the summer, doubt has been thrown over Steven Finn's immediate international career.
Finn – the leading wicket-taker in the country championship this season - hasn't featured since the first Test against Australia at Trent Bridge last summer and was unused during the winter, which included being omitted from England's T20 World Cup squad.
"Steven Finn is an exceptional talent and will be great for England's future," added Whitaker.
"At the moment we feel it's better that he regains his confidence, form and technique under the guidance of Richard Johnson and Angus Fraser.
"We will no doubt be talking about him in the very near future. But let's just be calm about Steven Finn. He must come back at the time when we feel he has regained his confidence and technique."