England name 30-man World Cup squad

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Published: Saturday 6th December 2014 by The News Editor

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England have confirmed Alastair Cook as captain in their 30-man provisional squad for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

National selector James Whitaker made it clear, before England embarked on their ongoing one-day international tour of Sri Lanka, that Cook would be in charge too for the global tournament which begins in Australia and New Zealand in February.

He is joined in the 30-man squad by all those chosen for Sri Lanka and frontline pace bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson, currently recovering from their knee injuries in South Africa.

Former linchpin batsman Jonathan Trott is one notable omission from the extended party announced on Saturday lunchtime.

Trott had to leave last winter’s Ashes with a stress-related illness but gradually returned to form and well-being for Warwickshire during the English summer.

Among others who have been included in the World Cup reckoning are a sextet from Yorkshire – Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow, Tim Bresnan, Jack Brooks, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid – joining county colleague Joe Root, already in Sri Lanka.

Bairstow is one of three wicketkeeping options, a position currently in the possession of Jos Buttler – while Ballance, such a success for England in Tests last summer, was surprisingly missing when the 15 was chosen for the current tour.

Surrey batsman Jason Roy, who made his international debut in a Twenty20 against India at Edgbaston in September, is also in the 30.

England intend to pare down their squad, to a 16 for the tri-series in Australia, just before Christmas – of whom 15 are expected to form their World Cup squad.

England’s 30-man provisional World Cup squad: AN Cook (Captain), MM Ali, JM Anderson, JM Bairstow (wkt), GS Ballance, IR Bell, RS Bopara, TT Bresnan, SCJ Broad, JA Brooks, JC Buttler (wkt), ST Finn, HF Gurney, AD Hales, CJ Jordan, C Kieswetter (wkt), EJG Morgan, SD Parry, SR Patel, LE Plunkett, WB Rankin, AU Rashid, JE Root, JJ Roy, BA Stokes, JWA Taylor, JC Tredwell, JM Vince, CR Woakes, LJ Wright.

Published: Saturday 6th December 2014 by The News Editor

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