England’s Provisional Squad Announces Surprising Changes
England’s provisional squad, announced last month, made some bold decisions, including the return of all-rounder Ben Stokes. However, young batsman Harry Brook and star bowler Jofra Archer were left out.
Harry Brook Returns to ODI Squad Amidst Injury Concerns
Following Jason Roy’s back spasms, which led to his absence from the four-match series against New Zealand, Harry Brook has been recalled to the One Day International (ODI) squad. Despite a mediocre performance against New Zealand, with scores of 25, 2, and 10, Brook’s rapid rise in international cricket has earned him a place in the squad.
Potential Changes to Squad Before World Cup Deadline
Roy, who has two centuries from six ODIs in 2023, might rejoin the squad for the upcoming match against Ireland. The final date for squad changes before the World Cup is set for 28th September.
Stokes and Malan Shine in New Zealand Series
Ben Stokes further bolstered his reputation by reversing his ODI retirement and scoring a remarkable 182 off 124 balls against New Zealand, setting a new record for the highest score by an England men’s player in ODIs. Dawid Malan also secured his place in the team by leading the run charts and scoring his fifth ODI century in the New Zealand series.
Adil Rashid and Mark Wood’s Fitness Concerns
Adil Rashid, who only played one game in the New Zealand series due to cramps, is now fit and ready to join the squad. Mark Wood, on the other hand, is still recovering from a sore heel sustained during the Ashes and has not played any competitive cricket since the final Ashes Test.
England’s Confidence in Winning the World Cup
England Men’s National Selector, Luke Wright, expressed confidence in the selected squad’s ability to win the World Cup in India. He highlighted the strength of the group, which was evident in their series win against a formidable New Zealand team. He also acknowledged the tough decisions made regarding world-class players like Jason Roy and Harry Brook.
Jofra Archer to Travel as a Reserve
Jofra Archer, who is still in recovery, will accompany the squad to India as a reserve and continue his rehabilitation there.
England’s World Cup Squad:
Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes.