England white-ball captain Jos Buttler said that the doors aren’t shut for Harry Brook yet to return to the team’s World Cup 2023 squad. However, he was a surprising omission from the squad for the upcoming marquee event in India scheduled in October-November as well. However, Brook recently smashed an unbeaten 105 off 42 balls for Northern Superchargers against Welsh Fire, although in a losing cause, in the ongoing Men’s Hundred 2023. Notably, he is also part of England’s 15-member squad for the upcoming four-match T20I series against New Zealand, starting on August 30 as well.
Speaking about Brook’s chances, the England captain was quoted by ESPNcricinfo, as saying: “There’s still a long time before everyone is meant to get on the plane, so we’ll wait and see what happens. We all know Harry’s a fantastic player and we saw what he can do the other night (against Welsh Fire). It’s not like it’s a surprise, we know what a brilliant player he is, he’s just the unfortunate one at the moment to not be in that squad at the moment.”
However, England can make changes to their provisional squad until September 8, eight days just ahead of the marquee event begins in Ahmedabad. England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was the hero of the 2019 World Cup triumph, reversed his retirement from ODI cricket and returned to the squad to defend their title.
“Of course, Ben Stokes coming back and being available just as a batter sort of changes the dynamic a little bit. Ben’s a fantastic player to be able to welcome back, so it’s a really tough selection,” again said Jos Buttler.