England Men's ODI Team: Phil Salt Misses Opportunity To Press World Cup Selection Case

England won the series 2-1, but Phil Salt may have blown a chance to shine in the final international one-day series before the World Cup after losing the final ODI to Bangladesh by 50 runs.

Phil Salt misses a chance to make his World Cup selection

England won the series 2-1 in Bangladesh, giving captain Jos Buttler and coach Matthew Mott much to consider before heading to India for the World Cup. However, Phil Salt should have seized this golden opportunity to make his case for World Cup selection.

This was the last chance for players to impress in overseas conditions before the selection deadline, as the upcoming Phil Salt ODI would be in September.

A few players improved their prospects of making the trip to India, including Jason Roy and David Malan, while Phil Salt and James Vince may have felt like they lost out.

Without Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Duckett, and Harry Brook at the top of the order, Phil Salt and Vince had three games to prove they deserved to go to the World Cup.

However, they were dissatisfied with their results and left Bangladesh. Phil Salt scored a lowly 54 runs across three innings, with his best inning being the 35  in the last Phil Salt ODI.

Vince, who batted fourth, amassed 49 runs, with a high of 38, in the match's only one-day international.

Phil Salt, in particular, had performed well before being sent off for an extremely aggressive shot while England were ahead in Chattogram, and both players left the pitch feeling frustrated by their dismissals.

With Roy and Malan scoring and the players coming back in the top order, it feels that way," Steven Finn said on Sky Sports Cricket when asked if it was a squandered opportunity for the pair. That's why Phil Salt was so angry [when he escaped]. He worked himself into a good position, only to hit a bad ball right to the keeper, much to his chagrin.

There were doubts about Roy and Malan before the tour, but these were put to rest when both players scored centuries during the series.

In November, while in Australia for the T20 World Cup, Phil Salt and his team won the tournament. But he may have slowed down at the worst possible time.

Jonny Bairstow, who has returned from an extended absence, is poised to replace him at the top of England's batting order.

Joe Root is likely to bat at four, while England's options in the middle order include Will Jacks, Harry Brook, and Ben Duckett, who is effective when bowling spin.

Butler and Mott have already stated that they will try to entice Ben Stokes, who has retired from ODIs, back for England's World Cup defence.

Also, Mott has said that "the door is still open" for right-hand opener Alex Hales to return to 50-over international cricket, so that's another possibility.

There are still a few months until the World Cup, so Buttler and his teammates have some time to mull over roster and starting lineup decisions.

England will defend their World Cup title in just seven one-day internationals (ODIs), beginning with the September series against New Zealand and Ireland.

Phil Salt is a right-handed wicket-keeper batsman who has played cricket professionally since 2021 and domestically in England since 2015. In addition, he only participates in One-Day Internationals and Twenty-Twenty Internationals. Phil Salt’s IPL performance and the performance with the Sussex team at the state level are truly remarkable. 

Why was Phil Salt not playing?
Salt's fractured foot prevented him from playing in the 2021 County Championship opener.
Where is Phil Salt the cricketer from?
Salt, born in Wales but grew up in Barbados, initially became more interested in cricket than football. While he grew up avidly following Manchester City's games, his new residence in the Caribbean sparked an intense desire to get on the cricket pitch and play the sport himself.
What is Phil Salt's strike rate?
Phil Salt, well-known for his on-field energy and aggression, scored 361 runs with a strike rate of 164.09 in his Big Bash League debut season.