The whole lot of speculations should be put to rest now as England have finally announced their final 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup. The talking point of the squad announcement is the inclusion of the hottest property in the English cricket arenas, Jofra Archer. After not being part of the preliminary squad, he has been named in the final list for the quadrennial event scheduled to start from May 30 in England and Wales.
Archer’s entry into the squad has left the seamer David Willey as the biggest casualty. Willey will consider himself unlucky for having missed the bus at the eleventh hour after all the hard work he did over the past few years. England will take on South Africa at the Kennington Oval in the tournament opener on May 30.
“I hadn’t seen [Archer] play live before but he’s certainly lived up to expectations. He’s got good control, good pace and he can bowl in all the three phases of the match,” England head coach Trevor Bayliss was quoted as saying by the Guardian just before the meeting for the selection began. Willey, on the other hand, made his debut for England after the 2015 WC and played 46 games in the last four years, picking 52 scalps at an average of 36.32.
Dawson makes a dream entry
Apart from Wiley, the other unlucky guy who has been dropped from the final squad is spin bowling all-rounder, Joe Denly. He has been replaced by Hampshire leg-spinner all-rounder Liam Dawson. The left-arm spinner has 327 more professional wickets than Denly. Dawson, who last played for England in October 2018, could be a replacement for either Moeen Ali or Adil Rashid in case any of them gets injured. Denly though also will deem himself unlucky after limited opportunities in Pakistan series.
James Vince’ inclusion is no surprise after his exceptional form in the domestic One-Day Cup and also impressed in the three ODI which he played recently. The rest of the England squad is the same as this looks the best possible group for them to win the 50-over World Cup for the first time.
England’s final 15-member squad for the 2019 World Cup
Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Liam Dawson, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Mark Wood.