Jofra Archer set to play his first World cup for England (Image Credit: Twitter)
The England Cricket Board (ECB) has finally announced their final 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on May 21. Jofra Archer, who was on the stand-by in the first announced provisional squad has made a cut after proving his stature in the recently concluded ODI series against Pakistan, on the expense of the left-arm pacer David Willey, who picked four wickets in three encounters in the same series.
Interestingly, England also decided to pick Liam Dawson - who last played an ODI in October 2018 - from outside of the 15-man preliminary squad that was announced earlier. Dawson, who bowls left-arm spin and can bat as well, walks in for Joe Denly, who couldn't quite impress the selectors with the limited opportunities he got - he bowled just six overs across the two games he played in and scored 17 in the 21 balls he faced.
Alex Hales, who had a fine run in last year and a half missed the name in final squad after getting positive results in Tests. James vince, who was included in the squad for the bilateral series has been able to fix his spot.
Meanwhile, England will be up against South Africa in the World Cup opener on May 30 at the Oval. This remains to be seen, if the host can start the tournament on high.
Here’s the final 15-member squad:
Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, James Vince, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood