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'Glad I'm not having to make that decision' – Woakes on picking final World Cup squad
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'Glad I'm not having to make that decision' – Woakes on picking final World Cup squad

Chris Woakes said he was glad that he didn’t have to make the final picks for England's World Cup squad.

Tournament hosts England announce their squad for the mega-event on Tuesday.

Fast-bowling all-rounder Woakes strengthened his place further following a five-wicket haul which helped England beat Pakistan by 54 runs at Headingley on Sunday to complete a 4-0 series whitewash.

But David Willey, despite the variety he brings to the attack as a left-arm quick, has seen his place threatened by the emergence of Jofra Archer.

Back-up leggie and top-order batsman Joe Denly could also be cut from the 17-man squad deployed against Pakistan when it comes to England's final 15 for the World Cup, especially with Liam Dawson emerging as a strong all-round option.

"Everyone will be looking at their phones," said Woakes following his Headingley haul of five for 54.

"Everyone will be wary of that phone call. Even if you feel like you've got a good chance to being in the squad, until you hear it from selectors' mouths, it's not quite set in stone," he added.

"As a player you're still probably a little bit on edge, particularly with these 16 and 17 players because everyone has performed at some point over the series.

"In the last couple of years, people have put in strong performances. It's a tricky decision for selectors and I'm glad I'm not having to make that decision, but it has to be done I suppose.

"It's certainly driven us forward in this series."

Meanwhile, England one-day captain Eoin Morgan insisted he had yet to be told who was in the World Cup squad by chief selector Ed Smith.

"No, I don't know the 15," said Morgan.

"Every one of these guys should be proud of what we've achieved so far, the continuous improvement of performances throughout makes the selection meeting extremely difficult," the Dubliner added.

"But every single member of the 17-man squad here will play some role (at the World Cup), due to the nature of injuries and illness and call-ups.”