Harry Brook surprises as Jason Roy gets replaced in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 squad
- England made a shocking change to their squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
- Star opener Jason Roy misses out
- 24 year old Harry Brook made in to the official squad
- England are set to face Australia in the first game of the tournament
The England cricket board has shaken things up by revealing their revised 15-man squad for the upcoming 2023 Cricket World Cup in India. The most notable change of the weekend re-shuffle was the inclusion of Harry Brook, who secured a spot at the expense of Surrey’s Jason Roy.
Roy, known for his impressive average of 40 in one day internationals, was a crucial member of the victorious 2019 World Cup squad led by Eoin Morgan. He amassed a staggering 443 runs in just eight matches, with an outstanding average of 63.28 and a formidable strike rate of 115.36.
The decision to replace Roy with Brook has sparked debate among fans and experts alike. Many are questioning the rationale behind this unexpected change, considering Roy’s past performances and his instrumental role in England’s previous World Cup triumph.
Due to a back injury, Jason Roy, who was set to play in the 4-match ODI series against New Zealand, had to be replaced by Dawid Malan in the opening slot alongside Jonny Bairstow. Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Harry Brook, with limited experience in one day internationals, secured a spot ahead of the seasoned English opener.
Brook, boasting an average of 40 in first-class cricket, faced a challenging start to the year with a lackluster performance in the 2023 Indian Premier League. However, the Yorkshire cricketer made a resounding statement in The Hundred by smashing 238 runs off just 121 balls in the entire tournament. Notably, Brook also notched up four test centuries in the 2023 calendar year, displaying an impressive strike rate exceeding 100.
Luke Wright, England’s national selector, emphasised that the decision to replace Jason Roy was not made lightly. In the initial squad, Roy was slated to open the batting with Jonny Bairstow in the World Cup, while Dawid Malan provided cover from No. 1 to 4. Wright acknowledged that the news came as a “hammer blow” to the English opener.
As the tournament draws near, England is gearing up for their first match against New Zealand on 5th October in Ahmedabad. This high-stakes encounter will set the tone for their World Cup campaign. With this surprising selection, the England cricket board has shown faith in Brook’s potential and ability to make an impact in the upcoming World Cup. As fans eagerly await the tournament, all eyes will be on Brook as he strives to prove himself on the grand stage and contribute to England’s quest for glory.