England Announces Initial Squad for ODI World Cup 2023, and The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has unveiled the highly anticipated provisional squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, where 15 talented players will represent the national team. After their triumphant victory in the 2019 ICC World Cup, Team England is set to defend their title in the upcoming tournament. The tournament will take place in India and is scheduled to commence on October 5, 2023. Jos Buttler has been assigned the prestigious role of leading the England cricket team in the World Cup 2023. His experience, powerful batting, and strong leadership skills make him an ideal choice to captain the squad.
England has made a number of big calls with their initial squad for this year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, with all-rounder Ben Stokes named in a group of 15 players that does not include young batter Harry Brook and star quick Jofra Archer. England selector Luke Wright later confirmed the same 15 players named to take on the Kiwis are also the interim World Cup squad. That means Brook misses out on a maiden World Cup appearance, while Wright also revealed Archer would only be included in England’s World Cup plans as a traveling reserve depending upon his injury. The 15-member ODI squad also consists of uncapped fast bowler Gus Atkinson who has been making heads turn in the Hundred with his raw pace.
Ben Stokes– England’s Unsung Hero:
It was revealed on Wednesday that Stokes had reversed his decision to retire from ODI cricket and would return for next month’s four-match ODI series against New Zealand ahead of the World Cup. Stokes has been exceptional for England in the last few years, helping the team win the ODI World Cup in 2019 and T20 World Cup in 2022. Over the years, the talented all-rounder has produced superb individual efforts with the bat for his team. Stokes’ big-match temperament will be an asset for the England team in the upcoming tournament and will help the team to defend their title in India.
Harry Brook Misses Out:
Harry Brook, meanwhile, has been left out of the ODI squad. He has established his place in England’s Test side, averaging 62 in 12 Tests thus far, but has played just three ODIs thus far. Brook made his ODI debut in the series against South Africa earlier this year but didn’t feature in the ODIs against Bangladesh that followed due to his involvement in the Test series against New Zealand. He made 80 in the second ODI of that South Africa series. Dawid Malan has been preferred to him for a middle-order berth.
England’s Provisional Squad for the World Cup 2023:
England’s team will be playing the most aggressive cricket, even on the spinning tracks of India. Team England boasts a formidable lineup of many stalwarts who will play crucial roles in their pursuit of clinching the prestigious title. Here is the provisional squad that will undoubtedly impact their team performance in the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup 2023 in India.
Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(C), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Gus Atkinson.
Deadline to Announce Final Squad for World Cup:
It has since been confirmed that England’s provisional World Cup squad, which can still be changed ahead of the competition, is the same as that picked for the New Zealand ODIs. The International Cricket Council (ICC) requires teams to select a provisional World Cup squad by September 5 and to finalize their squads by September 28. This leaves room for late changes, and Stokes’ potential return could significantly bolster England’s lineup. The final squad will consist of 15 players, along with three traveling reserves.
With an impressive squad, experienced leadership, and a talented pool of key players, England is well-prepared to compete fiercely in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. As the defending champions, they will leave no stone unturned in their quest to lift the prestigious trophy once again. England’s World Cup campaign begins on the opening day on October 5 when they take on New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.