ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England all 15 player profiles

Meet host England's 15-member squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Joe Root celebrates with his teammates after dismissing Aftab Alam of Afghanistan during a World Cup 2019 warm-up match between England and Afghanistan.   -  Getty Images

England

Previous appearances: 1975, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015

Best finish: Runner-up - 1979, 1987, 1992

 

 

Eoin Morgan (Captain)

Batsman | Age: 32

Matches: 222 | Runs: 6977 | HS: 124* | Average: 39.64 | 100s: 12 | 50s: 45

 

England skipper Eoin Morgan had told Sky Sports in 2018 that he would not think twice before dropping himself from the World Cup squad if that gave the team a better chance of winning the title.

Morgan has been at the helm of a unit which has, in the year gone by, transformed into a force to reckon with. In the recently concluded series against the Windies, Morgan inflicted misery on the opposition bowlers, his clinical century at St. George’s being the highlight.

 

 

Jonny Bairstow

Wicketkeeper/Batsman | Age: 29

Matches- 63 | Runs- 2329 | Avg- 47.53 | HS- 141* | 100s- 7 | 50s- 9 | Catches- 25 | Stumpings- 2

 

Son of former England wicketkeeper David Bairstow, Bairstow has been in scintillating form in the lead up to the tournament.

His marauding 128 off 93 balls in Bristol helped England thrash a hapless Pakistan.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Bairstow had said it was the experience of playing alongside the likes of Australia's David Warner in the Indian Premier League that helped him take his game to new heights. The 29-year-old Yorkshireman lit up the IPL where he scored 445 runs in 10 games at an average of 55.62 for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

 

Jason Roy

Batsman | Age: 28

Matches -76 | Runs- 2938 | Avg- 40.80 | HS- 180 | 100s-8 | 50s- 14

 

Often opening the innings with Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy is a quality striker of the ball. A perfect start to 2019 saw him amass a fiery 65-ball century against the West Indies in Barbados. Former English cricketer Mark Butcher, in an interview with Sky Sports, had said he believes the Surrey batsman could be the Three Lions’ solution at No 3.

 

 

 

Joe Root

Batsman | Age: 28

Matches-132 | Runs- 5300 | Avg- 50.47 | HS- 133* | 100s-14 | 50s- 30

 

Joe Root has shown the ability to switch gears in the shorter format, adapting effortlessly to varying match situations. His two consecutive hundreds against India in 2018 earned him the 'Man of the Series' award. Hopeful of a successful run in the 50-over tournament, Root said if he wins the World Cup, it can bring a feel-good factor into the Ashes series.

 

 

Ben Stokes

All-rounder | Age: 27

Matches- 84 | Runs- 2217 | Avg- 37.57 | HS- 102* | 100s- 3 | 50s- 15 | Wickets- 63 | Eco- 6.15 | Best- 5-61

 

The fiery England all-rounder can perform as the side’s best batsman, and then double up as an incisive bowler, finding the swing, hitting the deck, and providing necessary breakthroughs.

Former England skipper Mike Atherton had once said, "That's such an impressive thing about Ben Stokes, he's always looking to get into a game. Even at the dullest moments of a session, he wants to get into the game and make a difference.”

 

 

Jos Buttler

Wicketkeeper/Batsman | Age: 28

Matches- 131 | Runs- 3531 | Avg- 41.54 | HS- 150 | 100s- 8 | 50s- 18 | Catches- 159 | Stumpings- 29

 

Buttler is known for his power-hitting and has been instrumental in turning England into a formidable ODI outfit. The 28-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has 3531 runs in one-day internationals at a strike-rate of 119.57. In an 18-month period from mid-2014, Buttler held the record for what at the time were England's three fastest ODI centuries - against Sri Lanka at Lord's, New Zealand at Edgbaston and, Pakistan in Dubai.

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Moeen Ali

All-rounder | Age: 31

Matches- 96 | Runs- 1691 | Avg- 26.01 | HS- 128 | 100s - 3 | 50s- 5 | Wickets- 79 | Eco- 5.26 | Best- 4-46

 

Moeen Ali has been the glue that keeps England's middle order together. What increases his value is the additional off-spinning option he provides to skipper Eoin Morgan.

Moeen’s rib injury, however, is a worry. But if coach Trevor Bayliss is to be believed he is recuperating well. “He’s fine,” Bayliss said. “Once upon a time you wouldn’t have even got it x-rayed, because it’s only a bruise.”

If Moeen Ali is anywhere close to the form he displayed against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL during his 28-ball 66, he is going to be a menace for the opposition.

 

Chris Woakes

All-rounder | Age: 30

Matches- 88 | Runs- 1052 | Avg- 26.30 | HS- 95* | 50s- 4 | Wickets- 126 | Eco- 5.64 | Best- 6-45

 

England has a long line of talented pacers, who have been performing extremely well over the last couple of years. Woakes, who debuted for England in 2011, has been a regular feature in the ODI side. His bowling is the most potent in the seaming conditions at home and will look to make the most out of it.

 

 

Tom Curran

All-rounder | Age: 24

Matches- 17 | Runs- 178 | Avg- 44.50 | HS- 47* | Wickets- 27 | Eco- 6.33 | Best- 5-35

 

You simply cannot rule the Currans out. Although brother Sam failed to make it to the squad for the mega-event, both brothers have made rapid strides in white-ball cricket in the last one year.

And it all runs in the family. Their grandfather played first-class cricket. Their father, Kevin, played ODIs for Zimbabwe and brother Ben is part of Northamptonshire’s squad this season.

A seam bowler with decent pace , and a handy lower-middle order batsman, Tom is the most dangerous in the death overs having multiple variations of pace in his arsenal.

 

Adil Rashid

Bowler | Age: 31

Matches- 88 | Wickets- 132 | Best- 5-27 | Eco– 5.61

 

England’s leading wicket-taker in the past year, Adil Rashid was called back to the squad six years after making his debut post England’s sorry show at the 2015 World Cup.

One or two tight overs and a few wickets in between normally make things easier for his fellow bowlers. Rashid's performances have come at a time when England is short of spin options. The slow bowler can proven to be a key weapon on wickets baked dry by the country's ongoing heatwave.

 

 

Liam Plunkett

Bowler | Age: 34

Matches- 82 | Wickets- 124 | Best- 5-52 | Eco– 5.90

 

Liam Plunkett, who made his ODI debut against Pakistan in 2005, is one of the senior-most in the 15-man England squad. A lack of England engagements seemed to come to an end following England’s disastrous showing in the previous World Cup. He has an economy rate of under six, and is known for his big hitting abilities at the death.

Plunkett has claimed 85 wickets at 28.43 in 53 matches since 2015 and will be skipper Eoin Morgan's go-to bowler.

 

Mark Wood

Bowler | Age: 29

Matches- 41 | Wickets- 43 | Best- 4/33 | Eco– 5.63

 

Mark Wood has struggled with injuries. His ankle is a major concern going into the tournament. Wood hasn’t been a consistent a wicket-taker but on his day, could topple any world class batting order. He is expected to operate in tandem with newbie Jofra Archer.

 

 

Jofra Archer

Bowler | Age: 24

Matches- 3 | Wickets- 3 | Best- 1-6 | Eco– 4.90

 

Jofra Archer's whirlwind rise continued when he was named in England's 15-man World Cup squad having appeared in only three one-day internationals. His excellent all-round performances in the recently-concluded IPL led to much debate when he was not named in the provisional squad.

The 24-year-old, born in Barbados represented West Indies at Under-19 level made his ODI debut for England little over a fortnight ago.

 

 

Liam Dawson

Bowler | Age: 29

Matches- 3 | Wickets- 3 | Best- 2-70 | Eco– 6.85

 

Slow left-armer Liam Dawson has been selected ahead of Kent's utility man Joe Denly despite missing out on this month's 4-0 drubbing of Pakistan with a side strain.

Dawson, 29, has not featured for England since October but has been in good form this season, claiming 18 wickets for his county.

 

 

James Vince

Batsman | Age: 28

Matches-10 | Runs- 225 | Avg- 28.12 | HS- 51 | 100s-0 | 50s- 1

 

James Vince took the place of Alex Hales, who was dropped for failing a second recreational drugs test. In 2015, he made his England one-day debut against Ireland in May and was later named as captain of the Lions T20 squad to face Pakistan A in Dubai in December.