Archer, Dawson and Vince named in England’s 15-man final WC squad
England have announced their final 15-man World Cup squad for the upcoming World Cup on Tuesday, May 21 at Lord’s with the three surprise calls including the new pace sensation Jofra Archer, all-rounder Liam Dawson and opening batsman James Vince. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ইংল্যান্ডের বিশ্বকাপ দলে জফরা আর্চার]
David Willey, Joe Denly and Alex Hales were excluded from the squad. Willey and Denly made the preliminary 15-man squad which was announced a month ago but failed to make the final squad because of their poor performance. Whereas Hales had been axed from the squad due to recreational drug use.
David Willey and Joe Denly didn’t upto the mark in the recent ODI series against Pakistan which just finished two days ago. David Willey and Joe Denly both played three matches in that series. Willey took just 4 wickets at the economy rate of 6.82whereas the all-rounder Denly made just 17 runs and took no wickets in 3 matches.
Despite the series win by 4-0, England seemed poor in the bowling section in the series against Pakistan. So, the selectors revised their decision and gave the entry to Jofra Archer to the World Cup squad. Despite playing just four ODI internationals for England, Archer was called for the World Cup. England head coach Trevor Bayliss, said: “I hadn’t seen [Archer] play live before but he’s certainly lived up to expectations. He’s got good control, good pace and he can bowl in all the three phases of the match.”
On the other hand, Dawson has last played for England in ODIs back in 2018 but is still rated as the third-best one-day spinner in the country. Hereplaced Joe Denly, who failed to make an impact in the recently concluded Pakistan series. Also Dawson’s recent form in domestic cricket is fabulous. He took 18 wickets and made 271 runs for Hampshire in this year’s One-Day cup matches,
And the other new selection, Vince was drafted into the setup for the Pakistan series once news of Hales’ second failed drugs test had been made public. He batted twice for 76, with a top score of 43 and it was enough to convince the selections to include him in the squad.
England coach Bayliss looked much happy with the squad and set his target for the upcoming World Cup. “It’s been a hectic last six months, but the guys have come through and I fully expect them to play well. For any team, knockout cricket is when the most pressure is. Our first job is to get through and qualify for the semi-finals. Get to a semi and anything is possible,” he said.
England’s final 15-man World Cup squad:
Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, James Vince, Liam Dawson, Ben Stokes, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid.