Harry Brook takes a step closer to inclusion in England’s World Cup squad after being recalled late to cover the one-day series against New Zealand.
- Harry Brook has been included in England’s 17-man squad for the upcoming series
- Minor Jonny Bairstow injury allowed England to include Brook in squad
- He should now have a quick chance to prove his World Cup credentials.
Harry Brook’s inclusion in England’s World Cup squad has moved closer after he was called up late to cover the four-match one-day series against New Zealand which kicks off in Cardiff on Friday.
Brook’s inclusion in the 15-man squad, which is not due to be finalized until September 28, is inevitable since he played winning hands in both T20 wins over the New Zealanders in Chester-le- Street and Old Trafford. .
But a minor injury problem for Jonny Bairstow, who suffered right shoulder pain after netting 73 for 41 in last night’s T20 defeat to New Zealand at Trent Bridge, meant the England to include Brook in a 17-man ODI squad.
With Moeen Ali’s wife due to give birth next week, Brook will likely have his first chance to prove why he should fly to India for the World Cup, which begins on October 5.
Earlier today Brook was set to miss the New Zealand series, provided he was selected for the next three-game ODI series against Ireland – which ends on September 26, two days before selectors are due do it. finalize the World Cup 15.
Harry Brook has been called up to cover England’s one-day series against New Zealand.
Brook’s inclusion in the World Cup squad seems inevitable after recent impressive performances
But talk of Brook’s place in England’s one-day plans has been rocky since national coach Luke Wright announced the 15-man New Zealand squad were all but locked in for the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Zak Crawley has been named captain of the Irish series, starting at Headingley on September 20, with his Test opening partner Ben Duckett vice-captain in a 13-man experimental squad which includes none of the 15 initially nominated for the World Cup. .
Of the 13, only Brook and Durham fast bowlers Brydon Carse are likely to end up at the World Cup party. The squad for the games against Ireland also includes Warwickshire batsman Sam Hain, Surrey heavy hitter Jamie Smith and Derbyshire speedy George Scrimshaw – all uncapped.
Team for Irish ODIs
Zak Crawley (Kent – captain), Rehan Ahmed (Leicestershire), Harry Brook (Yorkshire), Brydon Carse (Durham) Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire – vice-captain), Sam Hain (Warwickshire), Will Jacks (Surrey), Craig Overton ( Somerset), Matthew Potts (Durham), Phil Salt (Lancashire), George Scrimshaw (Derbyshire), Jamie Smith (Surrey), Luke Wood (Lancashire)
Meanwhile, Bairstow believes England can draw on their experiences during the 2019 World Cup-winning campaign as they seek to defend the trophy in India.
Bairstow, named Player of the Series on Tuesday night after adding a 73 from 41 balls to the 86 from 60 balls he failed in Manchester, played a pivotal role four years ago as England won their last four matches to lift the trophy, scoring centuries in group wins India and New Zealand.
“We will be able to count on difficult experiences during this competition. It wasn’t easy: we had to win four of the last four games to win the competition.
“Everyone wants to go back. It’s something you dream of. But we have no illusions: in India, it will be very difficult.