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England Confirms World Cup Squad

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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealed their preliminary 15-player squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India on Wednesday, marking significant choices and omissions in their initial lineup.

England has made several major decisions in the composition of their roster for this year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, including the inclusion of all-rounder Ben Stokes in the squad of 15 players. Notably absent from the list are promising young batter Harry Brook and star fast bowler Jofra Archer.

A noteworthy twist unfolded as it was disclosed that Ben Stokes had reconsidered his retirement from One Day International (ODI) cricket and would stage a comeback for the upcoming four-match ODI series against New Zealand in the following month. Confirming this development, England selector Luke Wright reiterated that the same group of 15 players named to face New Zealand would constitute the provisional World Cup squad.

In light of this announcement, Harry Brook’s dream of making his maiden appearance in a World Cup has been put on hold, while the status of Jofra Archer has also undergone a revision. Wright clarified that Archer would be enlisted as a reserve player for England’s World Cup endeavours, essentially ensuring his inclusion in case of contingencies.


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Addressing the squad composition, Wright emphasized.

“This is the squad we are going to put forward. It’s incredibly hard on some players that are going to miss out. It shows the strength and depth we have in English Cricket and there are other names who are knocking on the door as well.”
– Luke Wright

He further elaborated on the complexity of the decision-making process, highlighting the challenge of striking the right balance and selecting only fifteen individuals from a pool of talented players. The return of Ben Stokes to the fold was hailed as a significant enhancement to the team’s quality, given his prowess as a match-winner and his leadership capacity.

The provisional World Cup squad presented by England is set; teams are required to formally submit their squads to the ICC by September 5, and adjustments can be made until September 28. This provision allows for further evaluation and flexibility in responding to changing circumstances.

England’s provisional World Cup squad comprises a formidable lineup: Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, and Chris Woakes.

England’s eagerly awaited World Cup campaign is slated to begin on October 5, initiating with a showdown against New Zealand at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. Preceding this flagship tournament, the two teams are poised to participate in a four-match ODI series, designed as a preparatory period to equip them for the formidable trials and competition that the World Cup is sure to entail.


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