England’s selectors named the Barbados-born fast bowler Jofra Archer in their final squad for the 2019 World Cup, named on Tuesday (May 21).
Archer’s impressive displays in his three ODI matches against Ireland and Pakistan have earned his call-up while David Willey is the unlucky player to miss out having been named in the provisional squad despite the experience garnered in collecting 46 caps in four years.
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.
On the batting front, the one forced change is of a replacement for Alex Hales, who was suspended from all squads following a failed drug test. Hales, who was initially part of the 15, was then replaced by James Vince in the Pakistan series.
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
England go into the home World Cup as one of the favorites, and kick-off the tournament with their game against South Africa at the Kennington Oval in London on May 30.