England’s summer started in the late June sunshine against Australia at Trent Bridge and ended with a rain-affected thrashing of Sri Lanka at Leicester.
There have been record-breaking crowds throughout, with the high of a drawn Ashes series contrasted by a shock T20 series defeat by Sri Lanka.
From Tammy Beaumont’s Test double-century to the emergence of a star in fast bowler Mahika Gaur, it has certainly been a memorable summer, but what have we learned about England’s team and its future?
1. Seam department in good health
The retirement of legends Katherine Sciver-Brunt and Anya Shrubsole was always going to leave a void in the attack, but 2023 showed the future of England’s seam-bowling department is bright.
The experienced Kate Cross is already established as a reliable and economical performer with the new ball for captain Heather Knight, but this was a coming-of-age summer for Lauren Bell.
Bell, 22, took 14 wickets across the Ashes and, while she was on the receiving end of a…