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Despite his poor run of form with the bat, Alastair Cook has been confirmed as England’s captain for the 2015 World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand.
All 15 players that are currently touring Sri Lanka have been included in the country’s 30-man preliminary squad, along with the pace duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson, both of whom are recovering from knee injuries.
However, the one notable exclusion is batsman Jonathan Trott, who has not played any international cricket since he returned home midway through the last Ashes series with a stress-related illness.
It is still unclear why Trott has been snubbed, especially after he scored 488 runs, which included two centuries, in nine List A innings for Warwickshire at a superb average of 54.22.
In addition to that, Trott was also included in the England Lions squad for their tour of South Africa after enjoying a highly successful season with Warwickshire.
England’s preliminary World Cup squad: Alastair Cook (Capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jack Brooks, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Stephen Parry, Samit Patel, Liam Plunkett, Boyd Rankin, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, James Tredwell, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright