England adds Harry Brook to their ICC ODI World Cup 2023 squad, turning the spotlight on this emerging star.
India, September 18, 2023 – In a surprising turn of events, England has named Harry Brook as the latest addition to their 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup, scheduled to commence next month in India.
Originally left out of the provisional squad, Harry Brook’s inclusion was prompted by an unfortunate injury to Jason Roy, which forced him to miss the recent four-match series against New Zealand. This unexpected opportunity delighted the young batter, who expressed his enthusiasm on Twitter, saying, “Delighted to be picked in the World Cup squad, looking forward to being back in India! @englandcricket.”
While Brook’s recent performance in the New Zealand series was rather modest, with scores of 25, 2, and 10, his reputation as a potent white-ball batter convinced the selectors to grant him this coveted spot. Despite having no prior international experience in India, the 25-year-old was part of the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) squad during IPL 2023. His IPL campaign, though mixed, notably featured a century against the Kolkata Knight Riders. In 11 matches, he amassed 190 runs at an average of 21.11, with a strike rate of 123.38.
Luke Wright, England’s chairman of selectors, shed light on the decision to choose Harry Brook over Jason Roy, stating that Brook’s versatility in batting positions, from No. 1 to No. 6, provides the team with valuable depth. Wright explained, “We realized things had slightly changed and Dawid would be the one opening the batting with Jonny in the World Cup. Then really it was a case of the spare batter and what did that look like? From Jason’s point of view, he probably only covers us for an opener. Harry gives us that cover from No. 1 to No. 6.”
This move has stirred up discussions among cricket enthusiasts about whether Harry Brook truly deserves a spot in England’s World Cup squad. The unexpected twist in the team composition has ignited curiosity and anticipation ahead of the tournament.
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