England are likely to take six fast bowlers to the World Cup, in addition to Ben Stokes. Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett are all certainties, with David Willey, Archer and Tom Curran the most likely to join them. With each team playing nine group games, and 11 if they reach the final, England will need a group of fast bowlers.
“The three pace bowlers you pick in the first game or two – I’d be very surprised if they played every match,” Bayliss said. “It’ll get down to having a good squad of pace bowlers and possibly some batters as well. There’s always little niggles when someone gets hit on the finger or a slight hamstring strain or some sort of little injury. As we’ve said through this whole process over the last four years you’ve got to have a strong squad to win the World Cup.”
The position of Joe Denly – who was in the squad during both ODI series this winter, performing the role of second spare batsman who can bowl some leg spin, but has not played an ODI since 2009 – is also a dilemma.
“He was in the squad over here. It’s one of those maybe luxury type positions when we’ve got so many allrounders in the team. He’s a guy that can bat in the top six or seven, he can bowl spin and he’s a good fielder. He’s a type of guy you could have in the squad and if someone was to get injured, instead of dropping them out and someone else coming in, with someone like Joe in it you could carry them for a while and see if they get out of the injury. They’re all things we’re going to have to have a good long hard think about and make a decision on.”