Joyce included in England World Cup squad

Bray native Ed Joyce has been included in England's 15-man squad for the cricket World Cup.

Bray native Ed Joyce has been included in England's 15-man squad for the cricket World Cup.

Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara also edged out Mal Loye to win a place in the squad.

The 21-year-old won the vote ahead of Lancashire opener Loye because he is seen by the selectors as a “multi-dimensional” cricketer who brings a “better balance” to the squad.

Michael Vaughan captains the side but, after struggling with a hamstring problem, he is one of three players who have doubts over their fitness.

James Anderson’s back problem flared up again in Australia and Jon Lewis was also sent home early with an ankle injury. All three will be assessed again before the squad leave for the Caribbean on March 2.

Leicestershire’s Paul Nixon, like Bopara a debutant in Commonwealth Bank Series triumph Down Under, claims the wicketkeeper’s spot ahead of Chris Read.

Anderson, Lewis, Sajid Mahmood, Liam Plunkett and Monty Panesar are the specialist bowling options with Bopara, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff and Jamie Dalrymple the all-rounders.

The batting line-up consists of Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen, who has recovered from a fractured rib, Joyce, Ian Bell, and Andrew Strauss.

Graveney said: “The selectors were delighted with the team’s outstanding performance in winning the Commonwealth Bank Series and we have retained the bulk of the squad who were in Australia for the World Cup.

“This is a youthful squad with a number of highly promising players who made an excellent impression in Australia.

England's 15-man squad for the 2007 ICC World Cup in the West Indies: M Vaughan (capt), J Anderson, I Bell, R Bopara, P Collingwood, J Dalrymple, A Flintoff, E Joyce, J Lewis, S Mahmood, P Nixon, M Panesar, K Pietersen, L Plunkett, A Strauss.

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