Harry Brook has clinched a spot in England’s ultimate 15-man roster for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, taking over the position initially earmarked for Jason Roy.
As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the grand spectacle, England, the reigning champions, are set to launch their campaign against New Zealand on October 05 in India. This global showdown features ten powerhouse teams and promises to captivate fans until November 19.
Jason Roy, originally a part of the preliminary squad, faced an unfortunate setback, missing recent One-Day Internationals against New Zealand due to troublesome back spasms.
In contrast, Harry Brook, despite his modest tally of 37 runs across three matches versus the Black Caps, has illuminated the international cricket stage over the past year. His versatility as a batsman, capable of excelling in both top and middle-order positions, has been the talk of the town.
Roy, celebrated for his pivotal role in England’s 2019 World Cup triumph, has encountered fluctuations in his form since that historic victory. Although he didn’t feature in the victorious 2022 T20 World Cup squad, he did impress with two remarkable ODI centuries against South Africa and Bangladesh earlier this year.
However, despite warming up ahead of the final ODI against New Zealand, Roy once again found himself on the sidelines. This development is expected to see Dawid Malan pairing up with Jonny Bairstow as the opening duo in the Indian subcontinent.
At 36, Dawid Malan is enjoying a sensational run of form, evident in his recent innings of 54, 96, and a magnificent 127 as an opener during the 3-1 series victory against New Zealand. The potential return of Jason Roy remains uncertain, with England yet to confirm his inclusion in the separate 13-man squad set to face Ireland this week.
The remainder of the squad remains untouched, boasting eight players from the championship-winning 2019 team, including Test captain Ben Stokes, who emerged from ODI retirement just last month.