Jofra Archer and Harry Brook miss out on England's ODI squad

World Cup hopeful Jofra Archer faces a race against time after failing to make England’s ODI squad to face New Zealand – with Harry Brook upset at missing out to returning Ben Stokes

  • England announced their 15-man ODI squad to face New Zealand in September
  • Ben Stokes returned to the fray while Jofra Archer and Harry Brook missed out
  • Batter Brook made the T20 side but is upset after missing out on the ODI squad 

Jofra Archer faces a race against time to play any part in the World Cup after both he and Harry Brook – squeezed out by the return of Ben Stokes as a specialist batsman – were left out of England’s preliminary 15-man squad.

Both men could still make the trip to India in October as two of three travelling reserves. But the participation of Archer, who is still recuperating from elbow trouble, would be dependent on an injury to a team-mate, with national selector Luke Wright suggesting even a ‘best-case scenario’ would see him take part in the later stages of the tournament.

Brook, meanwhile, is understood to be upset about his omission, having expected to build on a stellar first 18 months at international level by playing a big role in England’s title defence. 

Wright admitted it was ‘as hard a decision as you’re ever going to get’, but said Stokes’s reversal of his one-day retirement had squeezed the middle order.

‘There’s no denying what a superstar Harry is, and what a huge future he’s got with us in all forms,’ said Wright. ‘I’m sure he’s disappointed, but unfortunately in a 15-man squad someone’s going to have to miss out.’

Pace bowler Jofra Archer faces a race against time to play any part in the World Cup later this year after missing out on England’s 15-man ODI squad to face New Zealand next month

Ben Stokes has come out of 50-over retirement to help England defend their World Cup crown

Brook has played only three one-day internationals, all in South Africa at the start of the year, when he hit 80 off 75 balls in his second appearance, at Bloemfontein. But he had turned down good money that month to play in South Africa’s new T20 competition in a bid to focus on England, and was all set to take his white-ball game to the next level.

The squad, led by Jos Buttler and named initially for next month’s four-match ODI series against New Zealand, does not have to be submitted to the ICC until September 5, and can be changed at any time before September 28. England’s first game, also against New Zealand, is on October 5 in Ahmedabad.

But Wright said even the extra wriggle room would not help Archer’s attempts to regain match fitness. ‘There has got to be a duty of care with Jof,’ he said. ‘Unfortunately, we’re running out of time, especially for the first part of the World Cup. We have to make sure that long-term we get it right, because we see him as a huge asset for a long time.’

As revealed by Mail Sport, Surrey’s uncapped fast bowler Gus Atkinson will go to India – one of six seam-bowling options in the squad, including three left-armers in Sam Curran, Reece Topley and David Willey.

With England concerned about some of the seamers’ history of injuries – not least Topley and Mark Wood – they decided to bolster their pace options rather than pick a third frontline spinner in Leicestershire teenager Rehan Ahmed, though he could be one of the travelling reserves too. Liam Livingstone is also available to bowl spin.

As for Stokes, Wright said it had never been a ‘case of changing his mind’ about his ODI retirement. ‘He was always interested in coming back,’ he said. ‘He had to prioritise getting through the Ashes, then give the body a rest and he’ll make a decision.

Harry Brook is believed to be upset after missing out on the ODI squad on Wednesday morning

‘If ever there’s someone for the big moments, it’s Ben Stokes. It’s probably him thinking it’s a last chance in the 50 overs to go and win it again. Who better for England to have someone like him come back for us?’

Asked whether Stokes risked further damaging his left knee ahead of England’s five-Test series in India starting in late January, Wright replied: ‘I certainly hope not, but ultimately it’s about winning a World Cup, isn’t it? That’s the most important thing in front of us. You can always hold back for different series, but at the end of the day it’s a World Cup, and it is something Ben wants to be involved in.’

England’s likely opening pair will be Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy, with Dawid Malan in the squad as cover.

Meanwhile, Hampshire seamer John Turner was a surprise inclusion in England’s T20 squad, with the first of four games against New Zealand starting on August 30.

England Men ODI squad:

Jos Buttler (Lancashire – captain)

Moeen Ali (Warwickshire)

Gus Atkinson (Surrey)

Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Sam Curran (Surrey)

Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)

Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Joe Root (Yorkshire)

Jason Roy (Surrey)

Ben Stokes (Durham)

Reece Topley (Surrey)

David Willey (Northamptonshire)

Mark Wood (Durham)

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

England Men IT20 squad:

Jos Buttler (Lancashire – captain)

Rehan Ahmed (Leicestershire)

Moeen Ali (Warwickshire)

Gus Atkinson (Surrey)

Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Harry Brook (Yorkshire)

Sam Curran (Surrey)

Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire)

Will Jacks (Surrey)

Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)

Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Josh Tongue (Worcestershire)

John Turner (Hampshire)

Luke Wood (Lancashire)

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