The 15-member England cricket team has been announced by England chief selector Ed Smith on Tuesday at Lord’s. There have been few changes from the preliminary team announced earlier. Keep reading to find out England’s final Squad For ICC World Cup 2019.
David Willey Misses Out
Fast bowler Jofra Archer is named in place of David Willey. It was known that one of Tom Curran and Willey would be dropped to include Jofra. Curran’s recent performance has saved him. Jofra has been rewarded for his good showcase against Pakistan where he picked three wickets at an average of 36 and S/R of 44.
Hampshire’s in-form Liam Dawson has replaced Joe Denly, who failed to create an impact against Pakistan. James Vince has been taken in the place of Alex Hales, who was dropped for failing a drug test. Dawson had a terrific Royal London One-Day Cup where he smashed a century and took 18 wickets at an economy of 4.1.
Smith said, “We’ve seen Jofra Archer play against Pakistan and we’ve seen the skills he has. It’s pretty straightforward. He’s an outstanding talent, that’s clear to all of us. He has pace, bounce, skill.”
However, Willey and Denly could be introduced later if the team replacements for injured players, subject to approval from the ICC’s events committee. But then those changes would be permanents ones. While talking about Willey, Smith opined, “The new-ball area is strong and David Willey was unfortunate. He could easily have been in the World Cup squad, he deserved to be in. It was a very difficult situation we were in as a panel. We had more players than we were allowed.”
Smith informed how the selectors had a tough time choosing the time. They have understandably tried to keep the best for the mega event. England will start the tournament as one of the favorites and that too in front of the home crowd. This World Cup is probably the best chance for England to seal the hunt.
England Squad For ICC World Cup 2019
Written By Shreyasi Dravid