England announce 15-men squad for WC; Anderson, Ballance return

Sidharth Gulati / 20 December 2014

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have become the first cricket board to announce the 15-men squad for the ICC World Cup 2015. The same squad will play the tri-series against Australia and India that takes place in Australia just before the World Cup. 

James Anderson and Stuart Broad return to the squad after missing the Sri Lankan tour due to injuries, whereas Gary Ballance also makes the cut after playing his last ODI against India this year in September. Alastair Cook, who was sacked some time back as the ODI captain, failed to make the cut alongwith Ben Stokes and Harry Gurney. 

National Selector James Whitaker was quoted in saying:

“We have had to make some difficult decisions to get to our final squad but firmly believe that the 15 players selected offer the very best chance of success at the World Cup.

“I would like to congratulate all players on their selection and wish Peter, Eoin, and the squad all the very best. Representing England in a World Cup is a huge honour and responsibility, something all the players recognise. There have been a number of promising performances from players in recent series and it is important that this squad continues to develop their one-day skills quickly and players start to show the sort of consistency needed to succeed regularly on the world stage.”

England’s 15-men squad for the World Cup:

Eoin Morgan (Capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan,Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes

Possible Playing 11:

Alex Hales, Moeen Ali, James Taylor, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steven Finn.

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