World Cup Betting: Hosts England Name Squad

Ed Hawkins

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 3:53 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2019 3:53 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) runs the rule over England’s 15-man squad and decision to wait on star all-rounder

<p><strong>Update: </strong> <strong>Tuesday, May 21, 2019</strong><br /><strong>Full article: <a href="" title="Jofra Archer Makes England World Cup Squad">Jofra Archer Makes England World Cup Squad</a></strong></p><p>World Cup favourites and hosts England have named their squad for the tournament, which starts on May 30 with them taking on South Africa, and there were no surprises in their selection.</p><p>Instead, it was a fudge. There had been speculation that Jofra Archer, 24, the newly-qualified all-rounder who has been tearing it up in franchise cricket and in England for Sussex, would be included in the 15-man squad. But there was no room.</p><p>The closest England could come to an eyebrow-raising call was Joe Denly pipping Liam Dawson for the stand-in spinner slot. Denly is a batsman who bowls occasional tweak.</p><p>Archer’s dream is not dead, though. From May 3 he will play in five one-day internationals against Pakistan and a one-off match against Ireland. It appears to be an audition for international duty and the respect of his team-mates.</p><p>All-rounders Chris Woakes and David Willey have both spoken up in the last few months about Archer’s possible inclusion, claiming it would be unfair on players who have led England’s charge to the No 1 rating. Archer, born in Barbados, qualified in March after a change in residency rules.</p><p>What Woakes and Willey have to do with it is anybody’s guess. England could well do with Archer’s prowess with the ball. As it stands they have got to No 1 in the world by hitting it further and faster than anyone else. They lack nous in their pace department and can often struggle to keep things tight in the field.</p><p>Liam Plunkett, expensive for Surrey in a one-day game against Gloucestershire on Wednesday, Tom Curran and Denly could be most vulnerable to Archer’s rise. Woakes and Willey, despite their voiced insecurity, are probably safe because they offer crucial variations.</p><p>Archer was told about his call-up before he took three wickets for Rajasthan Royals in a losing cause against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. His stint with the Royals will end before April 26 as the player drain hits the competition. Buttler and Stokes will also leave the Royals, Moeen Ali will depart Royal Challengers Bangalore and Jonny Bairstow will leave Sunrisers Hyderabad.</p><p><strong>England are 9/4 (3.25)</strong> with <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365 Odds">Bet365</a>, Betfair, Betway, Coral, Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and William Hill to win their first World Cup.</p><p><strong>England squad:</strong> Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wkt), Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer (updated)</p>
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