Former captain Michael Vaughan has picked his England squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Eoin Morgan’s side go into this summer’s tournament having enjoyed a remarkable run in one-day cricket since the last World Cup in 2015.
England have climbed to the top of the ICC rankings and broke a number of records since falling to reach the knockout stages in Australia for years ago. Morgan’s team will bid to become the first England side to win the World Cup, but face competition from defending champions Australia and Virat Kohli’s India.
Vaughan, speaking on the Tuffers and Vaughan show, said: ‘I think England already know their squad for the World Cup. I really do. These T20s against West Indies have brought a few names back into the fore. You look at Sam Billings and Chris Jordan… I think David Willey may sneak in because of his left-armers.
England whitewashed West Indies in the final leg of the Caribbean tour and Morgan said the perfect performance has ensured their preparations for the World Cup are in a really happy place. That’s as close as we could have got to a perfect performance,’ Morgan said.
Throughout this T20 series, we have played extremely well. What we have seen over the last two games is individuals standing up and producing match-winning performances.
The guys who did perform here certainly will be talked about in selection meetings. The guys played close to perfect. There is an opportunity to look at other guys outside of our mainstay players. I probably see our bowling line-up changing more than our batting.
David Willey really did stand out with that early spell. We felt he was our best option to swing the new ball, and he’s very deceptive with his slower balls. Sam Billings, Chris Jordan and Joe Denly have also come in and done well.
Michael Vaughan’s England World Cup squad
1. Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
2. Jason Roy (Surrey)
3. Joe Root (Yorkshire)
4. Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
5. Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
6. Ben Stokes (Durham)
7. Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
8. Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
9. Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)
10. Liam Plunkett (Surrey)
11. Mark Wood (Durham)
12. Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)
13. Joe Denly (Kent)
14. David Willey (Northamptonshire)
15. Jofra Archer (Sussex)
(Spares: Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran)