Liam Dawson has been called into the England World Cup Squad 2019, he was chosen at the expense of Joe Denly, while, pacer Jofra Archer made his way to the squad by subsidizing David Willey. English selectors unveiled their 15 men squad ahead of the tournament’s opening fixture against South Africa at Oval on 30th May.
James Vince was also named amongst the final 15 as an immediate substitute for Alex Hales, who was deselected earlier this month after he failed two tests for recreational drugs, this resulted in the total of three changes from the provisional 15 which was named before the series against Ireland and Pakistan.
Ed Smith, the national selector said that, the decision was very tough, David Willey was very unfortunate in missing out, a player of his caliber could have been easily included in the side, but that’s where sports turns up, sometimes there are more deserving players than the existing spots.
Liam Dawson’s inclusion completes a remarkable return to prominence for a player who has not been in the English side since the ODI tour of Sri Lanka previous year. Denly also showed promise in the only T-20 played in Colombo and bagged a four wicket haul, but due to non-repetition of such performances, Denly suffered his place in the side.
Dawson, meanwhile, has been in sublime touch for Hampshire during this season's Royal London Cup. He has claimed 18 wickets at 20.33 en route to the final against Somerset at Lord's this week, and he has also made 274 runs at 45.66, including a century against Surrey at The Oval. He is understood to have been withdrawn from Hampshire's ongoing County Championship fixture against Nottinghamshire on the Isle of Wight, with Mason Crane standing in for him.
Dawson's inclusion in the English side was being speculated since earlier in the month, when the coach Trevor Bayliss hinted that Dawson might be called up to the squad for the latter stages of the Pakistan series. Though that didn't come to happen, it was clear that Trevor along with England's captain, Eoin Morgan, were at odds with the chief selector, Ed Smith, a strong advocate of Denly's credentials, Smith himself admitted that the final decision had been an "agreement" call rather than a unanimous decision.
Bayliss ultimately conceded that the casting vote in the event of a selection disagreement would come down to the captain, Morgan, who had dropped a strong hint as to Denly's lack of fitness for the back-up spinner role, Denly bowled a single over which contained three full tosses, in the third ODI at Bristol.
Ed Smith added that, as a selector, it was very important for him that the Captain of the side should feel comfortable with the squad he takes into the world cup. Morgan has been the captain of the side since 4 years and from the time being, England has emerged as an improved One Day side and has performed well. It is important for him to be comfortable with the squad, which currently seems fine.
Jofra Archer, meanwhile, has made a stunning rise through England's ranks, having only received the opportunity to qualify for the World Cup when the ECB changed its residency rules from seven years to three late last year.
Having made his name on the T20 franchise circuit across the globe, Archer showcased his value to England as a 90mph new-ball bowler in a sharp four-over spell in the rain affected first ODI against Pakistan at The Oval, then combined well with Mark Wood on a batsman-friendly surface at Trent Bridge in the next match. Archer could be a support to Ben Stokes, a prominent all-rounder in the English side.
Archer’s inclusion marked David Willey’s exit from the side, nevertheless, Archer seemed to have risen to the challenge posed to him in the squad, with an impressive showcase in the second ODI at the Ageas Bowl, where he proved his metal in the death bowling department and won the game for the side.
Liam Plunkett, meanwhile, remains England's most prolific seamer since the 2015 World Cup, and the selectors are reluctant to go into the upcoming tournament without his experience. And Mark Wood, despite his injury concerns, was touching 90mph in what is so far his only spell of the summer alongside Archer at Trent Bridge.
England World Cup Squad 2019: Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), James Vince, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Dawson, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Mark Wood.