Mark Butcher criticizes Harry Brook’s omission from England’s ODI World Cup squad

Former England cricketer Mark Butcher expresses his disapproval of the exclusion of young and in-form batter Harry Brook from England’s ICC ODI World Cup squad. Brook’s omission was due to Ben Stokes’ return to the format.

Former England cricketer Mark Butcher considers it a “mistake” that young, effective hitter Harry Brook was left off of England’s roster for the ICC ODI World Cup.

Brook was unexpectedly left off of England’s preliminary ODI World Cup roster last week, as well as for the upcoming home ODI series against New Zealand.

Ben Stokes, an all-rounder, was left off the roster because he would be helping England defend their ODI World Cup title in India from October 5 to November 19, a tournament they won on home soil four years ago.

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Brook has only played three ODIs for England, all of which were against South Africa earlier this year, despite enjoying great success in Tests and T20Is. Due to the competition coinciding with the Hundred in the previous three years, he last participated in a 50-over match for Yorkshire at the domestic level in 2019.

“I don’t see it, really. Brook is so startlingly good. Regardless of how much or how little ODI cricket that he’s played, it would not take him very long to get up to speed because he is such a rare talent.”

“There are some people who just have ‘it’, whatever ‘it’ may be. Finding them to accommodate at the expense of older players who have probably reached their peak, reached their zenith would be a much bolder and much more satisfying move.”

“It just seems to me that somebody of Brook’s incredible ability should have found a way in. The fact that Stokes has been picked doesn’t surprise anybody, it doesn’t surprise me. I expected that to happen anyway. Didn’t see it coming at the expense of Harry Brook. Brook missing out, I think, is a mistake,” said Butcher in the latest episode of the Wisden Cricket Podcast.

He further pointed out that England’s ageing ODI batting line-up will be missing Brook’s youth and extravagant energy.

“You need that injection of a bit of genius knocking around in these tournaments and Brook has that in spades. England’s specialist batters in the group… the youngest is probably Joe Root, at 32.”

“He’s younger than Jos (Buttler). Jonny’s (Bairstow) is 33, (Dawid) Malan’s 35, J (Jason) Roy is 33, Jos is 32, and then you’ve obviously got Ben (Stokes) in there who’s playing as a specialist batter as well at 32.”

England will open their 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 campaign against New Zealand, in what will be a re-match of the 2019 final, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 5. The ten-team tournament will conclude with the final to be also held in Ahmedabad on November 19.

-IANS

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