With only couple of days left in making the squads final for the ICC Cricket World Cup-2019, the England skipper Eoin Morgan has surprised everyone by saying that he has no idea what final 15 in the team would be.The tournament in itself is barely 10 days away with opener between England and South Africa.
Last month, England announced their provisional 15-member squad excluding the likes of Jofra Archer, James Vince and Chris Jordan. While experts believe Archer should be in England’s World Cup squad, opener Vince is more or less a certainty in the final 15 as a replacement of Alex Hales who has slapped with a 21-day ban due to recreational drug use.
“I don’t know the 15,” England captain Morgan told Sky Sports after drubbing Pakistan 4-0 in the five-match ODI series.
The last day to finalize the 15-member for squad for World Cup 2019 is May 23. England had selected 17 players for the Pakistan series and now they will have to make a tough call between Tom Curran and Jofra Archer in deciding the final 15 for World Cup.
England’s Preliminary World Cup Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
“Every single member of the 17-man squad here will play some role, due to the nature of injuries and illness and call-ups,” Morgan added.
Hailing his teammates for the Pakistan series, Morgan said they should be proud of their achievements so far. “Every one of these guys should be proud of what we’ve achieved so far. The continuous improvement of performances makes the selection meeting extremely difficult,” Morgan said.
Meanwhile, all-rounder Chris Woakes, who claimed a five-wicket haul in the final ODI against Pakistan on Sunday, said he will be anxiously waiting for a call.
“Everyone will be wary of that phone call,” he said. “Even if you feel like you’ve got a good chance to being in the squad, until you hear it from selectors’ mouths, it’s not quite set in stone. You’re still probably a little bit on edge, particularly with these 16 and 17 players, because everyone has performed at some point. It’s a tricky decision for the selectors. Everyone will be looking at their phones tomorrow I suppose, if that’s when we find out,” Woakes added.
England play South Africa in the World Cup 2019 opener at the Oval on May 30.