Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton name their England World Cup squads

Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton name their England World Cup squads

Another one-day global, another England victory with an understrength side as the series against Pakistan finishes 4-0 in their favour.

England meet South Africa in the cup opener on May 30.

The four-day camp, involving the entire 15-man squad for the World Cup will include an additional warm-up fixture against Australia on Wednesday at the Ageas Bowl, the home of Hampshire County Cricket Club.

Shadab Khan, who was unable to play in the series against England due to a virus-related illness, is also fully fit and has rejoined the squad. While he did not play in the ODI series against England, Amir has performed well in England in the past.

"After it became obvious that the bat is likely to dominate the ball in the World Cup, we revisited our strategy and reverted to the pace of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz".

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Explaining the decision to recall Wahab, the chief selector said: "The lack of potency of our frontline bowlers in the recent ODI series against England meant that a change was needed". But his experience of playing in England and his ability of bowling economically helped him get the nod ahead of the others according to Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Amir was not selected in the preliminary squad for the World Cup due to poor form, but after the Pakistan bowling attack's drubbing in the first two England ODIs, critics pointed out Pakistan were missing Amir.

"We are with Asif in this tough time", added Inzamam. For Junaid, the news was particularly galling after he had already been shut out of playing in a World Cup twice. "He will return to Pakistan and then go back before the warm-up matches", he said.

Shaheen Shah Afridi is expected to come back into the side for this match while despite his x-rays coming back negative, Imam-ul-Haq will miss out as a precaution here so Abid Ali could be handed a rare start unless Babar Azam joins Fakhar Zaman at the top of the order.

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