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Gary Ballance is the chief beneficiary of Alastair
Cook s sacking as one-day captain after he was
named in England s World Cup squad.
Ben Stokes and Harry Gurney have also been
omitted from the team that was recently in Sri
Lanka with James Anderson and Stuart Broad
returning from injury.
The news of the change of captaincy, with Eoin
Morgan replacing Cook, had been confirmed earlier
yesterday morning. Aside from Cook, the most
significant omission is that of Stokes who, less
than a year ago, emerged from the dreadful tour
of Australia as one of the few players with any
However, since then he has cut a forlorn figure
at international level, his frustration never more
apparent than when he broke his hand punching
a locker on the tour of West Indies. In his three
matches on the recent tour of Sri Lanka, he sent
down eight overs for 85 alongside scores of 16 and
"I ve spoken to Ben at length and he was very
disappointed as you can imagine," James Whitaker,
the national selector, said. "It s always going to
tricky as a new player in a squad establishing your-
self. There will be different positions you have to
try and establish yourself in but he was obviously
disappointed. We are looking for consistency and
we are sure that will arrive with Ben. We have
always understood his talent. He s definitely a player
for the future and will form a core part of our group
in the future."
Ballance returns to the one-day side having been
omitted for the tour of Sri Lanka after a summer
where he was in and out of the one-day side. He
played all five matches at home against Sri Lanka,
but only once against India following a prolific Test
season during which he established himself as Eng-
land s No 3. He has a top score of 79 in his 12 ODIs,
which was made in his second match against Aus-
tralia at the MCG.
"Gary has been identified as a world-class player
in pretty much all forms of the game for the future,"
Whitaker said. "He s had his introduction to one-
day cricket in Australia and played briefly this sum-
mer. We ve been earmarking him as a squad player
and a first choice player for some months.
"He missed out in Sri Lanka but kept practicing
and performing well for the Performance Programme
and he s got a great future. We ve seen his remark-
able achievements in the Test series and believe he
is a good option for the balance of the team."
Ian Bell and Alex Hales are likely to vie for the
second opening spot alongside Moeen Ali, with
Ballance also added to the mix when considering
who should bat at three.
The bowling attack is strengthened by the return
of James Anderson and Stuart Broad who have
recovered from the respective knee injuries. The
pair have been on a fast bowling camp in South
Africa with the performance squad and Whitaker
said both had been signed off medically. Gurney,
the left-armer, who struggled in Sri Lanka to prove
himself the death bowler England were seeking,
pays the price for the return of the senior fast-
"Until they get on the park and bowl there is a
bit of an unknown but we are confident with their
history and experience that they are capable of re-
emerging into the team," Whitaker said. "A lot of
fast bowlers have to manage injuries and niggles."
Of the other players whose places were up for
debate, Bell has retained his position as one of the
senior batsman although it remains to be seen if
he finds a spot in the top order even in the absence
of Cook. Chris Jordan joins Chris Woakes as the
bowling allrounders and the pair could be competing
for one spot in the final XI.
"We have had to make some difficult decisions
to get to our final squad but firmly believe that the
15 players selected offer the very best chance of
success at the World Cup," Whitaker said.
Ballance recalled, Stokes
dropped for World Cup
Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, James
Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara,
Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex
Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Taylor,
James Tredwell, Chris Woakes
ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP SQUAD
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