Not much I would change. Not sure about Lyth; I’m more inclined towards Pope.Agree with all your points. We didn't look like a test match team at the start of the series, and so it proved. Our selection and prep have been shocking in comparison to Aus (who used the Dukes for a year!)
I do think, however, that there is some light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully this series will be the catalyst for a bit of a more 'realistic' era of test match planning and selection.
We've got 3 or 4 decent fast bowlers (Archer, Wood, Stone and maybe J Overton) if we can keep just 2 of them fit, we are in business. I am encouraged to see a new form of central contract to address this. Shame none of them is a Lefty.
There are two pretty decent leggies knocking around - Parkinson and Rashid. Leach has shown promise in terms of mental toughness.
Broad and Anderson still have a few years between them.
If we can get three openers at the top of the order (Burns, Sibley and maybe Lyth), then we've enough in the middle order already to build upon and suddenly we start looking like a test match side again.
I would not be against seeing Stokes in the no/3 role to make a bit of room lower down for Curran so we have a change of angle.
I think Stokes is a far better batsman than bowler. He could do a Smith, who was selected as a leg spinning all rounder, and become a batting great. I’d take his bowling as a bonus and bat him as high as four. Pope could come in at 5.
My biggest issue is Root. He’s not a leader, he can’t think ahead and his batting is suffering. I think there are alternatives; Burns is a good county captain and is never going to be an opener of Cook’s weight. Maybe Burns is good enough to be a Brearley style captain. But I’d seriously think about giving the captaincy to Butler. He’s in the side as a luxury batting below the all rounders but not keeping. And without the Captaincy Root comes in at first drop.
Also, I don’t think Moeen’s days are done. I’d add him to my spinners list. Other than that, nothing wrong.