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England MUST choose these 16 for the ICC World Cup 2015 squad (1)

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Why can't England win an ODI World Cup? The most obvious answer that comes to mind is the mentality of those playing for the team. As we have often seen, the England selectors have chosen players based on their first-class averages, which is the reason Joe Root and Gary Ballance are playing limited overs cricket for the 2010 T20 champs.

A selection biased by first class averages has resulted in Cook's troop being a dull one, rather humdrum. It is as simple as that, cricket has changed a lot in the past few years or so, but England just don't seem to be accepting the change and have continued to play ODI cricket in the antediluvian way which has done more bad than good.


The solution is to select players like Alex Hales and James Vince need to be right in there in the squad. Stars such Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara and Ben Stokes need to be handed leading roles, rather than just playing the part of sloggers down the order.

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I'm not saying that the current squad is, by any means, a bad one. Indeed, it has that bit of class about it and possesses one of the world's best players in any description but its just that some players in there are suited to the longer version more and are not as aggressive as a team would need to win a World Cup.


A few gallant decisions have to be taken to halt the  of test players making it to the ODI squads. 

So, I sat down to make the best possible squad then. Technically sound, consistent and aggressive players is what I've gone with. Let us have a bit of a look.

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