Michael Atherton insists on the importance of including both Harry Brook and Ben Stokes in England's lineup

Jos Buttler has recently come forward in support of Harry Brook. He asserted that Brook has no need to prove himself despite being left out of England’s provisional squad for the World Cup. The exclusion of Brook came as a result of Ben Stokes reversing his retirement decision to participate in the World Cup.

While Brook has only played in three ODIs for England, his performances in Tests and T20Is underline his cricketing prowess. During his limited ODI career, he managed to amass a total of 86 runs. His omission hasn’t gone unnoticed, with former cricketer Mark Butcher also expressing his disappointment on the Wisden Cricket Podcast.

Harry Brook’s recent performances in The Hundred have been commendable.

“I don’t believe he has a valid point. We’re all aware of what a tremendous player he is. He has not missed out because he is not present at the time. Yes, he’s a quality player, and we fully expect him to perform well, which is why he’s here. He’s a fantastic player. He’s unlucky to have missed out on selection at this point, and that’s been planned for a long time. We have a lot of depth and talent, and I believe the young players coming through and pushing for a spot on the team have been doing so for the last few years. It’s natural for talented players to be overlooked. That’s what occurs in good teams,” Buttler explained.

Buttler had previously indicated that the door to the World Cup squad remains open for Harry Brook, suggesting that there is still a chance for Brook to secure his spot in the squad.