Now, there are five cricket boards who have announced their World Cup squads. Hot on the heels of Australia, New Zealand, India and Bangladesh, the preliminary England Cricket World Cup Squad has been announced.
The England cricket World Cup squad announcement threw up a few surprises for the fans. As it turns out, the preliminary England cricket World Cup squad does not include the likes of Jofra Archer.
Even Chris Jordan missed out on a berth for the England Cricket World Cup Squad as did Sam Billings. Fortunately for them, they have a chance to prove their mettle when England take on Pakistan in a 5-match ODI series. That very series will end on 19th May, a few days before the ICC deadline ends.
England Cricket National Selector Ed Smith revealed, “In line with ICC regulations, we have to name a preliminary squad of 15 for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup before April 23. However, all 17 players named in the Royal London ODIs against Pakistan can stake a claim to be in the final 15-man squad, finalised at the end of that series.”
He continued, “The selection panel has been impressed with Jofra Archer’s performances in domestic and franchise cricket. He is a very talented and exciting cricketer.”
“Chris Jordan, a regular in IT20 squads over the past few years, has continued to develop as a cricketer – as we saw in the IT20s in the West Indies. He fully deserves his return to the ODI squad.”
Finally, he spoke on the subject of resting some England cricket players, he concluded, “With regard to resting players, we are conscious of managing player workloads leading into such an important summer so that players are in the best possible condition for the World Cup. That was also a factor in the way we have selected these three squads.”
England cricket World Cup Squad 2019: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.