Despite Malan’s assurance, England’s World Cup selection problems remain unresolved.

While Dawid Malan’s form against New Zealand ensures his place in England’s squad for the forthcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, there are still questions about opener Jason Roy’s fitness.

The return of Ben Stokes to one-day international cricket increased competition among England’s outstanding middle-order batsmen. As a result, England’s talented Harry Brook was left out of the provisional team.

However, Brook’s performances assured that the dispute was far from over. He hit a century in The Hundred, England’s domestic limited overs competition. And then he backed it up with two explosive T20I knocks against New Zealand.

The growing demand for his inclusion put pressure on people like Malan.

Malan’s outstanding performance in the One-Day Internationals against New Zealand, on the other hand, has effectively secured his place in the World Cup. He scored the most runs in the series, 277, at an average of 92.33 and a strike rate of 105.72.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain commended Malan on Sky Sports, saying that the batter’s presence has a great affect on those around him.

“He is a machine, disciplined and orthodox. He’s the glue that allows everyone else on the other end to come out and be positive.

“He likes to bat through [the innings], but his strike-rate is up at 95-96, so he doesn’t plod.” He throws anything short and wide away and is in fantastic condition.”

At the same time, Brook’s World Cup audition numbers plummeted. He only managed 37 runs at an average of 12.33. However, there is still hope for the player because England’s normal opener, Jason Roy, is suffering from back problems.

On Sky Sports, England’s World Cup-winning captain, Eoin Morgan, observed, “The biggest concern now is Roy’s level of fitness.”

Morgan desired that Roy play in the next games against Ireland.

“He has to play in the Ireland series because you can’t sit in a selection meeting and confidently pick him for the World Cup right now.”

“He has to go through a certain amount of game time, recovery, and possibly another game to prove his fitness.”

Former England captain Michael Atherton backed Morgan’s claims. While Roy, a regular in global T20 leagues, needed to reacquaint himself with the rhythms of the ODI game, the type of his injury may also prevent him from participating in the global event, according to him.

“I speak from experience when I say that back spasms are difficult to deal with because they come on suddenly and stay in the back of your mind,” Atherton added. “You don’t have complete trust in your body.”

“Because of the nature of this tournament in India, you will be flying from venue to venue.” Every day is a flying day, with new hotels, different beds, and a lot of travel, which is bad for that type of ailment.

He added that Roy’s participation in the event was still in doubt.

“England has yet to name their final squad, and Roy may not make it.”

Before traveling to India, England will play a three-match One-Day International series against Ireland. They will play two warm-up games against India and Bangladesh before facing New Zealand in the tournament opener on October 5 in Ahmedabad.