So the England World Cup squad has been decided, with Willey, Denly and obviously Hales missing out.
Eoin Morgan (capt, Middlesex), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonny Bairstow (wk, Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (wk, Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Liam Plunkett (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
Very harsh on Willey, who has been largely terrific in a blue shirt for England since the last WC and a big vote of confidence for the still largely untested but highly rated Archer.
Does anyone care to make a prediction? For me I can't see past India or Australia taking it because they're both more likely than other sides to show resilience in the knock-out rounds. It seems likely that this will be a draining experience for bowlers and it wouldn't surprise me if we see a few 400+ scores, maybe one 500+. I can see England doing very well in the opening round robin but ultimately choking in the finals. Lots of hay being made for the depth of batting but when you're an injury away from resorting to Vince again, it doesn't seem as powerful as it has done at various points throughout the past few years when Hales was also available. Stokes and Ali remain potent batsmen in theory but both seem to have softened over the past year or so.