I can't believe I ate the whole thing
I know fans from other countries think we're a sooky, cynical bunch (and we probably are) but agreed, 2 years and 1 year on from a World Cup final tie and a WTC (plus a T20 World final) there's cracks aplenty.
I agree with Moss' ODI XI too. I've been a fan of Gup but in a World Cup in India, don't we know what we're getting? Much rather see Allen and Conway at the top. I wouldn't have Rippon, but otherwise I like his side.
I guess the main conundrum is, can Allen do the job despite not having played a ODI at all just over a year away from the WC? I mean, in the 2015 WC Trent Boult had a blinder despite playing a handful of games up until that point and we were all skeptical, yet he had established himself in the Test side so had some more international stage experience, whereas Allen has mostly played some T20Is here and there. So it's not beyond the realms of possibility. It would be good to get him experienced in this coming year so if Guptill/Nicholls et al have a shocker in the group stage then there's someone who can step up, rather than shoehorn someone in last minute.My biggest concern with Guptill is not so much his record in India but age and lack of match practice (he hasn't had a real test of his ODI skills since India toured in 2020!). Otherwise would definitely opt for him over a raw as guts Allen, and I think Conway is ideally placed to take over Ross' spot at 4. Having said that, I could be tempted to shuffle Conway up to open and take advantage of Latham's silky sweeps at 4 in the batting order.