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Harry Brook Joins England Squad for World Cup Boost

Harry Brook Joins England Squad for World Cup Boost

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Harry Brook has joined the England cricket team for the one-day series against New Zealand. This happened because Jonny Bairstow got a small shoulder injury in the last T20 match against New Zealand. This gives Harry Brook a chance to prove himself and be considered for the World Cup team, which will be decided on September 28th. He will also be part of the team for three matches against Ireland. Brydon Carse is the only other player in both sets of matches.

The England squad for the New Zealand series originally had 15 players, and it was thought to be the final World Cup selection. However, with Harry Brook and Brydon Carse being added later, they will need to reduce the squad after the series ends.

Several of the twelve players who are joining Harry Brook in the squad to play against Ireland will also hope they can make a strong case for being included in the World Cup team, which is set to leave for India on September 27th, just one day after their final game.

The squad to play against Ireland will have a different lineup compared to England’s usual top choices. The main players are getting some rest before the World Cup, so the team facing Ireland will look different. Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett, who are typically Test match openers, will be the captain and vice-captain of the team. It’s interesting because Crawley has only played three One-Day Internationals (ODIs), all of which happened in just five days in 2021.


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Three new players without prior international experience have been selected: George Scrimshaw, a 25-year-old bowler who will be leaving Derbyshire to join Northamptonshire after this season; Sam Hain, a 28-year-old batter from Warwickshire; and Jamie Smith, a promising wicketkeeper-batter from Surrey. Hain currently has an impressive average of 57.96 in all senior 50-over matches, which is the second-highest among those who have played at least 50 times in this format, with only Ruturaj Gaikwad, a 26-year-old, ahead of him. Notably, Gaikwad has not been included in India’s provisional World Cup squad.

Smith, who is 23 years old, has been the top scorer for Surrey, who are leading the table in this season’s County Championship. He has amassed 729 runs at an average of 42.88. However, it’s worth noting that he hasn’t played a 50-over game since 2021. His inclusion in the squad, along with his county teammate Will Jacks, means that Surrey will probably be missing both players for their last two County Championship matches of the season, one at home against Northants and the other away against Hampshire. In contrast, Essex, currently second in the table, doesn’t have any of its players included in the squad.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) mentioned that its selection committee considered the aspirations of the counties as they approach the final stages of the County Championship season before finalizing the squad.

England is set to play a four-game series against New Zealand, beginning in Cardiff on Friday and ending at Lord’s on September 15. After that, the Ireland series will commence at Headingley five days later, followed by additional matches at Trent Bridge on September 23 and at the County Ground in Bristol on September 26.


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