Lancashire’s Jos Buttler has been named in England’s preliminary 15-man squad for this summer’s ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.

The 28-year-old is expected to play in his second World Cup and is known worldwide for his power-hitting and the ability to win matches for his country.

He has played 127 ODIs for his country, scoring over 3,000 runs at an average of 40.80 – notching seven centuries and 18 half-centuries since his debut in 2012.

Buttler is also more than handy with the gloves and may keep wicket during the tournament – although Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow offers competition.

England play Afghanistan in the World Cup at Emirates Old Trafford on June 18.

England’s preliminary 15-man squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex/Captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Liam Plunkett (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)



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