ICC World Cup: England name preliminary squad

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England National Cricket Selectors have named a 15-man preliminary squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, to be played in England and Wales from May 30.

The young West Indian Jofra Archer, who has now qualified to represent England, has been ignored.

The squad: Eon Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Butler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunket, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood.

The preliminary World Cup squad is unchanged from the winter series against West Indies.

Sussex fast bowler Jofra Archer is called up to the ODI squad for the first time. The 24-year-old, who was born in Barbados but has an English father and holds a British passport, completed a three-year qualification period on March 17. He is available for selection for the first time.

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He is joined in the squad alongside his Sussex teammate Chris Jordan. The athletic all-rounder returns to the ODI set-up for the first time since September 2016 after some impressive performances this winter against Sri Lanka and West Indies in the T20 format.

Commenting on the selection of the squads, National Selector Ed Smith, said:

“In line with ICC regulations, we have to name a preliminary squad of 15 for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup before April 23. However, all 17 players named in the Royal London ODIs against Pakistan can stake a claim to be in the final 15-man squad, finalised at the end of that series.

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“The selection panel has been impressed with Jofra Archer’s performances in domestic and franchise cricket. He is a very talented and exciting cricketer.

“Chris Jordan, a regular in IT20 squads over the past few years, has continued to develop as a cricketer – as we saw in the IT20s in the West Indies. He fully deserves his return to the ODI squad.

“With regard to resting players, we are conscious of managing player workloads leading into such an important summer so that players are in the best possible condition for the World Cup. That was also a factor in the way we have selected these three squads.

England have also picked a 17-man squad for the five-match Royal London ODI series against Pakistan, which precedes the ICC World Cup.

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