England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan feels that it will be a very difficult task for England team management to decide on the final 15 for the 2019 World Cup which will be played in England and Wales from 30th May. After closing out the 2nd ODI against Pakistan in a nail-biting clash, Eoin Morgan revealed that it won’t be an easy task to finalise the World Cup squad.
England has picked a 17 member squad for the ongoing series against Pakistan and the players will be toated all through the series to give equal opportunities to all the players. The final World Cup announcement will be made on 21st May. Two of the players involved in the ongoing series will miss out on the final World Cup squad. Jofra Archer who was not named in the preliminary World Cup squad might make the cut after impressive performances. In that case, two players will have to make way.
Jofra Archer was rested for the 2nd ODI and it was David Willey who made a comeback in the absence of the Barbados born fast bowler. David Willey bowled brilliantly and made a good account of himself bagging a couple of wickets for 17 runs. Pakistan almost threatened to take the match away from England courtesy a special knock of 138 from the blade of Fakhar Zaman.
“I thought he bowled beautifully, even when he came back in the middle,” Morgan said of Willey. “He normally bowls a couple more upfront when it swings a bit more but today it didn’t actually swing that much, maybe for six or seven balls. I thought all of the bowlers, including Dave, who were put under the pump when we couldn’t take wickets throughout that whole 30 over period, were brilliant. They reacted really well,” Eoin Morgan further added.
Meanwhile, Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett also did a great job and didn’t harm their chances of making it to the World Cup squad. “They’re all pushing each other. It’s a bit like our batting unit the last two or three years. Guys who come in and do well have missed out,” Eoin Morgan said.
“Unfortunately, a couple of guys from this 17 will miss out and it’s going to be a tough decision regardless of how they perform in the rest of this series because of what they’ve contributed over a long period of time,” Eoin Morgan further added.