England have announced their 15-men provisional ODI World Cup 2023 squad recently, which will travel to India to take part in the quadrennial spectacle beginning from October 5 onwards. On the opening day of the ICC Cricket World Cup, the defending champions will be taking on the finalists from 2019, New Zealand, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
One of the biggest names to find a place in the England squad is Ben Stokes, who took back his retirement from the ODI format to make his triumphant return. In the captaincy of Jos Buttler, the English cricket team will be looking to defend their ODI World Cup title, which they won for the first time at Lord’s in London in the summer of 2019.
Apart from a couple of surprise selections, there were some massive omissions from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 squad by the English team management. SportsTiger looks at three players who should have been a part of England’s squad for the ODI World Cup.
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1. Harry Brook
Harry Brook, one of the most sought-after batters in world cricket currently, was left out of the ODI World Cup 2023 squad for England, after the star all-rounder Ben Stokes decided to take a U-turn on his retirement announcement from last year. Although the 24-year-old batter has only played a handful of ODIs in his short career, with a high score of 80 against South Africa earlier this year, he has been a revelation in the Tests and T20I formats for the national team.
With a strike-rate of 91.76, coupled with an average of 62.15 in Test cricket, Harry Brook has showcased how versatile he can be, with the bat in hand, irrespective of the format. The right-handed batter is expected to travel to India as a reserve player in the ODI World Cup 2023 squad, according to the selector Luke Wright, but still, he is one of the players who should have been in the final 15 list for England.