After winning the T20 World Cup at the end of 2022, England will aim to keep the 50-over in November this year.
A lot has changed in English cricket recently (new captains, new coaches, a new director of cricket, winning test matches and winning them in style) but one day for England at the World Cup in India this autumn may have a clue. the feeling of it.
As many as nine of the 11 who played in the World Cup final against New Zealand four years ago are likely to take part, with the only other departures being retired captain Eoin Morgan and batsman Liam Plunkett, now in the USA. .
The chances of the other nine in England’s first XI range from definite (captain Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Adil Rashid) to uncertain (Jonny Bairstow, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood) to up in the air (Jason Roy, Chris Woakes, Ben stokes)
England ODI team in South Africa
Jos Buttler (captain and wicketkeeper), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Dawid Malan. Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes
England vs South Africa ODIs – all live on Sky Sports
- 1st ODI (Bloemfontein) – Friday January 27 (11am); 10.30am on air
- 2nd ODI (Bloemfontein) – Sunday January 29 (8am); 7.30am on air
- 3 ODI (Kimberley) – Wednesday February 1 (11am); 10.30am on air
Roy and Woakes are in the England squad for the three-match ODI series in South Africa – every match is live. Sky Sports with updates on January 27, January 29 and February 1 – but Roy’s form has been on the cards for some time and Woakes is facing problems at his place due to the growth of Sam Curran.
As for Stokes, he announced his retirement from ODIs last year amid a busy cricketing calendar, with all-rounders opting to focus on leading England Tests and playing T20 internationals. It was a decision that worked out well…
However, he refused to rule out a return to the World Cup when asked about the possibility of November, saying: “Who knows how I will feel then? Going to the World Cup is an amazing thing to represent your country. Right now. I don’t think so.”
And white-ball coach Matthew Mott revealed ahead of the South Africa series that he had held talks with Stokes – albeit a light one – about restoring his retirement, ensuring the door was always open.
With England’s final Test of 2022 taking place in July, and the red-ball team not returning until the series in India in early 2024, the second half of Stokes’ year could be barren without a World Cup appearance. Watch this space…
Stokes is not in South Africa. Not even Root (playing T20 cricket in the UAE), Wood (rested) or Bairstow (recovering from a broken leg sustained on the golf course). Liam Livingstone (knee) is another absentee. So there is a chance for Roy to give a timely reminder of his skills and for Harry Brook and Ben Duckett to try and nail the team or XI.
Roy was dropped from England’s T20 squad after his impressive international and domestic performances last summer, with the opener averaging 12.66 across England’s T20Is against India and South Africa and managing just 51 runs in six innings – three among them were the ducks – the Oval Invincibles. in the time of The Hundred.
The 32-year-old was kept out of Australia’s three-match ODI series, which came just days after the T20 World Cup, but figures of six, none and 33 innings meant he could remain a regular.
We should not forget the extent to which Roy’s return from injury in the 2019 World Cup final boosted England’s run to the tournament. And let’s not forget his ODI record – almost 4,000 runs in 110 matches, and 10 hundreds, including an England-record 180 against Australia at the MCG, including 21 fifties.
But there are players who are in line for the opening position. Two of them, Phil Salt and Duckett, are in South Africa. Then there is Bairstow. In addition, Alex Hales – recalled for the T20 World Cup following Bairstow’s injury – and James Vince have been scoring regularly in the International T20 League in the UAE.
Will Jacks has been making some impressive runs and catches in the SA20 and Zak Crawley, a regular Test, sometimes free-scoring player, has thoughts of joining a team of few winners: “I’ve always got the whites – football probably comes naturally to me,” Crawley said recently. Cricinfo interview.
In the middle order, Root, Livingstone and Stokes are currently unavailable, Duckett, Brook and Dawid Malan are likely to join Roy, Salt and captain Buttler in South Africa’s sixth team.
Malan scored a century from No. 3 in Australia’s memorable series, while Duckett and Brook impressed in Pakistan’s 4-3 T20I win and then in the 3-0 Test against the same opposition in December.
Duckett and Brook’s experience against spin should help them make England’s World Cup squad. The way Brook ended up in 2022, it’s hard to imagine a player with “technical skills” being left out of any XI, regardless of his form.
In terms of spin bowling, England looks good: with leg-spinner Rashid, pace-spinner Moeen Ali and Livingstone, who bowls a little bit of both.
There could be a chance for 18-year-old Rehan Ahmed to crack the team, even with the young leggie – who took five wickets in a Test match in Pakistan in December – preparing for an ODI call-up. series in Bangladesh in March.
If the all-rounder can impress there, in conditions similar to what England will face in India, a World Cup spot could be his.
South Africa’s matches involve Jofra, the talented but injured paceman due to play for England for the first time since 2021 after seeing his career halted by elbow and back injuries.
Archer has enjoyed encouraging chatter in the SA20 – wickets, quick delivery, high pace – but the match against South Africa will be a test of his fitness and post-surgery performance. After Wood is given breathing room, Archer and another sprinter, Olly Stone, provide the smoke.
Joining them for South Africa will be Woakes and Player of the T20 World Cup Curran – Curran took 13 wickets in six matches at an average of 11.38 as England won the tournament – along with David Willey and Reece Topley.
Willey was in England’s T20 World Cup squad but did not play a game, while left-arm spinner Topley was set to be England’s key player in the tournament before collapsing over a ‘toblerone’ during practice at The Gabba and being ruled out shortly before the World Cup.
Topley looks set to win the 50-over World Cup after taking 13 wickets in seven ODIs in 2022, including England’s record of 6-24 against India at Lord’s in July, including 17 wickets in 16 T20 matches.
That could leave England’s World Cup squad looking a little like below par, unless Stokes retires.
England’s 50-plus World Cup prospects
Jonny Bairstow, Phil Salt, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Ben Duckett, Reece Topley, Chris Woakes / Olly Stone, Rehan Ahmed
Watch England’s three ODI matches in South Africa live on Sky Sports Cricket. Coverage of the first game, in Bloemfontein, starts at 10.30am on Friday before kick-off at 11am.