ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Chris Woakes glad repsonibility to pick England squad for showpiece event not his responsibility

Chris Woakes said England's players faced a nervous wait as the countdown to the announcement of the World Cup squad entered its final phase.

Agence France-Presse, May 20, 2019 09:05:15 IST

Leeds: Chris Woakes said England's players faced a nervous wait as the countdown to the announcement of the World Cup squad entered its final phase.

Tournament hosts England unveil their squad for the one-day international showpiece on Tuesday.

Cricket - Fifth One Day International - England v Pakistan - Emerald Headingley, Headingley, Britain - May 19, 2019 England's Chris Woakes during the match Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers - RC13B4D8E300

England's Chris Woakes in action against Pakistan. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

England have yet to win a men's World Cup but they head into this year's edition as the number-one ranked side in ODI cricket.

Pace-bowling all-rounder Woakes settled what little doubt there was around his place with a five-wicket haul as England beat Pakistan by 54 runs at Headingley on Sunday to complete a 4-0 series win.

But David Willey, despite the variety he offers as a left-arm quick, has seen his place threatened by the emergence of newly-qualified Barbados-born fast bowler Jofra Archer.

And back-up spinner and reserve batsman Joe Denly could also be cut from the 17-man squad deployed against Pakistan when it comes to England's final 15 for the World Cup, especially with Liam Dawson waiting in the wings as an alternative slow-bowling option.

"Everyone will be looking at their phones," said Woakes following his Headingley haul of five for 54.

"Everyone will be wary of that phone call. Even if you feel like you've got a good chance to being in the squad until you hear it from selectors' mouths, it's not quite set in stone," he added.

"As a player, you're still probably a little bit on edge, particularly with this 16 and 17 players because everyone has performed at some point over the series.

"In the last couple of years, people have put in strong performances. It's a tricky decision for selectors and I'm glad I'm not having to make that decision, but it has to be done I suppose.

"It's certainly driven us forward in this series."

Meanwhile, England one-day captain Eoin Morgan, who made 76 in a total of 351 for nine on Sunday, insisted he had yet to be told who was in the World Cup squad by selection chief Ed Smith.

"No, I don't know the 15," said Morgan.

"Every one of these guys should be proud of what we've achieved so far, the continuous improvement of performances throughout makes the selection meeting extremely difficult," the Dubliner added.

"But every single member of the 17-man squad here will play some role (at the World Cup), due to the nature of injuries and illness and call-ups."

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Updated Date: May 20, 2019 09:05:15 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11
Australia 6 5 1 0 10
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 6 4 2 0 8
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
Bangladesh 6 2 3 1 5
Pakistan 6 2 3 1 5
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 6 0 6 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254