England captain Eoin Morgan has ‘absolutely no regrets’ over England’s squad selection and is confident they are ‘positioned in the best possible place’ heading into the Cricket World Cup.
Speaking at the launch of England's new kit on Tuesday, Morgan also expressed his desire to inspire a new generation of cricket fans and the hunger within the team to achieve success.
“To be honest, we'd like to start playing tomorrow,” said Morgan. “We've had some really good prep against Pakistan (a 4-0 series win) and I don't think it could have gone better.
“Everyone just wants to get on with the tournament.”
“It's a huge opportunity,” continued Morgan, who will lead England in their opening match against South Africa on May 30th.
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“We're looking at it as hope aspects really, hope to go and express ourselves and play and continue to play the way that we played in the last three, four years.
“And the other one is to inspire the next generation of young cricketers to come into the game, pick up a ball and a bat, hopefully come out the tournament worshiping one of the guys within our team.”
Before a ball can be played, tough decisions had to be made regarding squad selection. The inclusion of Jofra Archer, in particular, has excited fans. The Barbados-born all-rounder only made his debut in a recent ODI against Ireland but his 90mph deliver already looks to be a potent weapon.
Liam Dawson also made the squad, while David Willey and Joe Denly missed out.
“A tough decision had to be made, and hopefully the right decision is made for the squad,” said Morgan.
“Jofra has come in and done exactly what he's been doing for Sussex and other franchise teams around the world. And I think he's actually come on in the games he's played.
“He's very young, with a lot of cricket ahead of him. And I think if we can continue to improve throughout his career is a very exciting prospect.
“We've been monitoring Liam Dawson’s progress for a number of years now he was obviously involved in Sri Lanka, in October and unfortunately got injured.
“We know exactly what Liam can do. I think one of his biggest attributes is actually going away from home and playing in Pakistan, the Super League, Bangladesh, takes on huge responsibility in the teams that he plays in and performs.
“I spoke to David and Joe last night, and obviously said longer term that with the length of the tournament and the amount of fixtures that we play, we're likely to get injuries along the way and they're next in line. There's no doubt about that. And so I still see them playing a part in our journey, our World Cup.”
James Vince was also promoted into the 15-man squad in place of the suspended Alex Hales.