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Jofra Archer Included As England Announce 15-Member World Cup 2019 Team

David Willey reacts after a missed chance David Willey underwhelmed as England wrapped up a 4-0 series win Credit Getty images
Cary Erickson | 22 May, 2019, 11:12

Jofra Archer, Tom Curran and Liam Dawson have been named in England's 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup, announced on Tuesday. "It was a very hard situation". Left-arm spinner Liam Dawson was also preferred ahead of Joe Denly as England made two voluntary changes from their provisional squad.

Now England, bidding to lift the men´s trophy for the first time, head into a tournament starting on May 30 as the world´s number one ranked side in ODI cricket.

"We've seen Jofra Archer play against Pakistan and we've seen the skills he has", national selector Ed Smith said at Lord's.

"David (Willey) could easily have been in the World Cup squad, he deserved to be in".

One player definitely not involved is Alex Hales, so recently a key member of this England one-day squad but now virtually persona non grata after the emergence of a second failed drugs test and his immediate exclusion at the behest of the senior players.

The Barbados-born quick was yet to make his England debut when the preliminary selection was made, but swiftly became a must-pick after acing his early auditions on the global stage, firstly against Ireland and then in England's recent 4-0 series victory over Pakistan.

Willey, as revealed by MailOnline on Monday, misses out because there are three better new-ball bowlers - Archer, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes - and he does not bowl fast enough or do enough with the ball to operate in the middle overs and at the death.

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LONDON: England captain Eoin Morgan believes the tournament hosts have done everything they possibly could to get themselves ready for a tilt at the World Cup.

The 24-year-old has the potential to be one of the stars of the global game, starting with the World Cup and Ashes, and has fitted in well with England despite concerns from bowlers, particularly Willey, about the fairness of an "outsider" claiming a place at the 11th hour. "Whether someone should just walk in at the drop of a hat because they're available, whether that's the right thing, I don't know".

Everybody has welcomed me with open arms.

"Really exiting to be a part of a big summer for English cricket".

"David could easily have been in this World Cup squad, he deserves to be but that's sport sometimes there are more deserving players than there are places in the squad", Smith further added.

The England vs South Africa match will be attended by the Duke of Sussex who will meet the young people picked as flag bearers before officially opening the event.