The count down to the ICC World Cup 2019 squad has entered its final phase. The World Cup hosts England will unveil their squad list on Tuesday (May 21) while every player will be anxiously checking through their phones, so as English bowling all-rounder – Chris Woakes.
Although England is the No. 1 ranked team in the ODI this year, they are yet to win their first ICC Men’s World Cup title. The English team has a squad of 17 players and will have to make it to the 15-man squad for the World Cup.
After the five-wicket haul, the pace-bowling all-rounder had left a definite impact over the selectors of England and Wales Cricket Board (RCB). Woakes helped England to wrap Pakistan at 297 runs during their last ODI match while conceding 54 runs in ten overs.
Woakes has been waiting nervously to hear his name.
“Everyone will be wary of that phone call. Even if you feel like you’ve got a good chance to being in the squad, until you hear it from selectors’ mouths, it’s not quite set in tone,” Woakes said ahead of his Headingley haul of five for 54.
“As a player you’re still probably a little bit on edge, particularly with this 16 and 17 players because everyone has performed at some point over the series. In the last couple of years, people have put in strong performances. It’s a tricky decision for selectors and I’m glad I’m not having to make that decision, but it has to be done I suppose. It’s certainly driven us forward in this series,” he added.
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England’s one-day captain Eoin Morgan insisted that he had yet to be told about the World Cup squad selection by the selection chief Ed Smith.
Morgan contributed 76 runs in the winning total of 351 for nine on Sunday. Morgan displayed his pride for the performance given by his team and praised them for the win.
“No, I don’t know the 15,” said Morgan.
He added, “Every one of these guys should be proud of what we’ve achieved so far, the continuous improvement of performances throughout makes the selection meeting extremely difficult. But every single member of the 17-man squad here will play some role (at the World Cup), due to the nature of injuries and illness and call-ups.”
Although Woakes performance had erased all the doubts from selectors’ mind, the left-arm pacer David Willey is still threatened by the emergence of young Barbados player Jofra Archer.
It is going to be one heck of a nervous day for the England players who’ll be waiting in the wings to hear their names come this Tuesday.