Ashes star Harry Brook reacts to being left out of England's World Cup squad
Harry Brook says he is ‘trying not to think about’ his surprising omission from England’s World Cup squad.
Brook was left out of England’s 15-player squad for next month’s ODI series against New Zealand, with the same group set to travel to India for the 50-over World Cup in October.
England will aim to retain the World Cup trophy following a thrilling and memorable triumph on home soil in 2019.
But Brook, who has enjoyed a sensational start to his international career and impressed in the recent drawn Ashes series, will not be involved barring a late call-up.
England national selector Luke Wright admitted it was a tough decision to omit Brook but said Ben Stokes unretiring from 50-over cricket meant someone else was always going to miss out.
‘Obviously it’s disappointing but I can’t do anything about it now,’ said Brook. ‘You’ve just got to move on. I’m trying not to think about it anymore.
‘I’ve not had much conversation with Matthew [Mott] or Jos [Buttler]. They said with Stokesy coming back I was probably going to miss out this time. He is one of the best players to ever play cricket, so I can’t really complain, can I?
‘I feel like I’m playing well at the minute and feel I could potentially add value to the team. [But] there’s always something more you could do.
‘I haven’t had much opportunity to play one-day cricket, whether that be for Yorkshire or England and although I’ve played a lot of T20 cricket, I don’t know if I’ve done as well as I have in the past in the last six months, so that might have had an effect.’
Brook, who is currently playing in The Hundred for Northern Superchargers, has already scored four hundreds in 12 Tests and made four fifties in the recent Ashes series against Australia.
But he looks set to miss out on the World Cup after Test captain Stokes decided to end his ODI retirement ahead of the tournament.
Despite the competition for places, England legend Kevin Pietersen says he is ‘flabbergasted’ that Brook will not be at the World Cup.
‘When I first saw this guy two years ago I thought he would become a superstar,’ Pietersen told Sky Sports.
‘I am absolutely flabbergasted that he cannot make England’s World Cup. He is pure quality. I just can’t believe that.’
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