eight years after Ben Stokes Left out of the 2015 World Cup squad, England believed the only way to accommodate their return for the 2023 edition was to leave out another generational talent. leaving harry brook According to selector Luke Wright, “it was as difficult a decision as you’ll ever have to make”.

Brook has played only three ODIs. Scored 0, 80 and 6 in South Africa earlier this year, but his lack of 50-over experience was due to circumstance rather than any doubt on his ability. His strike rate in test cricket (91.76) attests to his suitability for one-day tempos, and he has flourished in the early stages of his England career.

His omission is the first major setback for him in international cricket. “Everything is going great with Brookie,” Wright said. He confirmed that he was likely to go to India, but only as a traveling reserve. “There is no denying what a superstar he is and what a huge future he has with us going forward in all forms.”

The question arises: why did England keep him out? It was only a week ago that Brook looked set for the World Cup, but the return of Stokes – as a specialist batsman rather than a genuine all-rounder – changed the equation.

With nine group games in 37 days and no internal flights between venues, England decided they needed six frontline seamers in the squad and would likely rotate them to reduce injuries. This meant pressure on the middle-order batsmen, and during a three-hour meeting in Nottingham, the selectors decided that Brook was going to miss out.

It was an unlikely solution, but as a right-hander who was not a viable bowling option, Brook was deemed the most expensive player. with Joe RootStokes and if butler Likely to bat at number 3-5, liam livingstone A more versatile option at number 6 was considered: “Livingstone gives us the option of offspin and legspin as well as power-hitting,” explained Wright.

“We’ve got a lot of middle-order players actually and our bowling all-rounders are also middle-order players. It was always going to affect the balance of the team.” England were also keen to include another left-handed batsman David Malan to counter match-ups, “particularly against left-arm spin and legspin”.

This meant that Brooke missed out. “It’s an incredibly difficult decision that we’ve had to make,” Wright said. “I’m sure he’s disappointed… but unfortunately in a 15-man squad, someone’s got to miss out. It’s him on this occasion.”

Perhaps a bolder decision would have been to repeat what he had done before the T20 World Cup last year: quit jason roy, who has averaged 31.78 in this World Cup cycle and has looked disappointing in the Hundred. But England relied heavily on Roy’s ability and his experience, with the team theme: “Johnny [Bairstow] And Jess has been one of the best opening partnerships we’ve ever had,” said Wright.

Brook’s omission is a harsh decision for a fine youngster, but as the reigning world champions in both the white-ball formats, England have become accustomed to doing so. His first-choice side is so established that it takes a truly extraordinary run to break into it: Livingstone has got himself into it. hot summer two years agoWhile Malan is set to open as an extra batsman despite hitting Four centuries in his last 12 ODIs,

Brook has done nothing wrong in white-ball cricket last year, although time may reflect that with the T20 World Cup in Australia and more runs in the IPL, he may have made himself indispensable. Instead, England opted to back their experienced players and the versatility they provided.

But unlike Stokes’ omission in 2015, which was a result of management’s failure to unleash a world-class talent, Brook reflects on the wealth of experienced batting talent that England have access to. It also highlights the double standard that 50-over cricket has assumed for them since winning the World Cup four years ago.

England will play half as many games between the 2019 and 2023 World Cups (43) as between 2015 and 2019 (88) and their best young batsman has hardly got a chance to press his case. Bilateral series have become a contractual obligation to be met by half-strength teams: during the 13 months following Stokes’ ODI retirement, he missed 11 forgettable games.

And domestically, the One-Day Cup has become a second-tier competition, played only by county cricketers who do not earn contracts in the Hundred. Brook has spent three seasons with the Northern Superchargers, the most recent of his 15 seasons His 50-over appearance for Yorkshire was in May 2019,

The situation is slightly different with the England bowlers. injury concern jofra archer And olly stone uncapped is enabled Gus Atkinson to include himself in the provisional World Cup squad with only two List A appearances to his name. But all their batsmen are in their 30s and will rely on muscle memory.

In preparation for the World Cup, England have often dropped aggressive batsmen. This used to be a sign of their weakness, rather than the Test players showing a cautious, risk-averse mindset. Now Brook’s exit is a sign of his strength.

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