Time running out for England to solve their World Cup selection puzzle

With six weeks to go England have a new captain in Eoin Morgan but have yet to settle on a stable line-up for the tournament
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The England squad set off for Australia in pursuit of the World Cup on Tuesday. The campaign has been meticulously planned: the England and Wales Cricket Board even contrived to change the Ashes schedule so that its side could prepare with fresh, uncluttered minds for a tournament England have never won (the nearest they came was in 1992 in Melbourne when they were winning the final against Pakistan for at least half the game; unfortunately it was the first half).

There has been the odd hiccup. The captain was sacked just before Christmas and, with six weeks to go, the selectors do not know their best XI. One might expect enlightenment from the new captain, Eoin Morgan, on Tuesday before the flight from Heathrow except that he is already in Australia plying his trade for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash. Instead Peter Moores will speak for the first time since he declared in Sri Lanka that, whatever the other selectors might think, Alastair Cook was his choice to take the side to Australia. There is no disgrace in changing one’s mind but it is preferable not to have to do it quite so publicly.

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