So 50 over wc in India less than a year to go. ODI series starting vs Australia tomorrow.
Looking forwrad to the WC
Openers. Bairstow and Roy/Hales/Malan.
Bairstow nailed on. Ideally England would prefer Roy to regain his form as the Bairstow/Roy combination has proved so profitable. If not Roy? Hales would have his fans but he doesn't play 50 over or championship cricket and technically he was never the greatest so I have my doubts about that. Malan hasn't played much ODI cricket but I wouldn't mind him seeing him at the top of the order for the WC if Roy continues to struggle. Decent technically, left handed to compliment the top order right handers.
Root and Buttler definites. Ali, Livingstone, SCurran all in the squad. With Morgan and Stokes retired opportunities for another middle order bat potentially. Duckett has improved and good against spin. Would offer a left hand bat in the middle order to replace the absent Morgan and Stokes, and a contrast in style to the rest of the batsman.
Would love to get Archer back. Wood hopefully fit. Woakes hasn't been great since returning from injury in t20 (lacking bite with the new ball?) but a consistent performer in 50 over. Rashid. Topley, Willey and Mahmood competing for final spots in squad. Dawson as reserve spinner because he's always there?
Potential Squad - Bairstow, Roy, Malan, Root, Buttler, Ali, Livingstone, Woakes, Archer, Wood, Rashid, (Duckett, Topley, SCurran, Dawson)