Michael Vaughan believes that England have every chance of winning the World Cup, having named the strongest squad he has ever seen.
England have confirmed their 15-man squad for the tournament, with pace bowler Jofra Archer getting the nod ahead of David Willey after impressing during the recent One Day Internationals against Pakistan.
Surrey all-rounder Tom Curran and Hampshire off-spinner Liam Dawson were also included, and former England skipper Vaughan has high hopes.
“This England squad is the best I’ve seen. They have earned the right to be favourites,” Vaughan told BBC Sport.
Vaughan admits that Willey, who is on standby, can feel unfortunate to be left out of the squad, but feels England have got it right as they go in search of glory.
“I feel for Willey, he hasn’t really let England down, but it’s the nature of international sport that you have to be ruthless,” he added. “You have to pick who you feel is the right 15 and I feel they’ve got it right.
“I think we’re in for a special World Cup – world-class players, world-class teams – and I think England will be right at the heart of it.”
Hales lost his place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad after news of a second failed test for recreational drugs.
The Warwickshire all-rounder is one on 18 bowlers to be selected for personalised practice.
The West Indies are due to arrive on these shores first this summer.
Broad took part in an individual training session at Trent Bridge.
Clare Connor suggested England are considering hosting a Women’s Tri-Series also involving India and South Africa.
The designated bowlers, whose identitites have not been confirmed, will have their temperatures checked.
The ECB had planned to introduce 40 professional contracts this summer across eight regional hubs.
County are waiting on a decision.
The Somerset bowler last month opened up about his mental health struggles and he discussed the topic further with Marcus Trescothick on Zoom.