Who is Gus Atkinson? - All you need to know about new pacer who earned spot in England's provisional ODI World Cup squad

Gus Atkinson recently impressed Jos Buttler with his sheer pace in the ongoing The Hundred 2023.

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Gus Atkinson. (Photo Source: Alex Davidson - ECB/ECB via Getty Images)

English cricket team has made a surprising addition to their provisional 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023. Gus Atkinson, a tearaway quick from Surrey, has been rewarded with a probable spot after his impressive performances in the County Championship and The Hundred.

Atkinson, known for his lightning-fast pace, clocked an impressive 95 mph in The Hundred and even made Jos Buttler uncomfortable during a face-off in the tournament, last week. Despite his limited experience, with only 14 first-class matches, 2 List A games, and 41 T20s under his belt, Atkinson's inclusion is seen as a big decision by England.

Gus Atkinson made his debut for Surrey in the Bob Willis Trophy in 2020. Since then, he has made appearances in Twenty20 and List A matches, gradually making a name for himself with his impressive performances. As the much-anticipated World Cup approaches, cricket enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting Atkinson's debut on the international stage. Only time will tell if this surprise inclusion will pay off for England or not.

Luke Wright, England's National Selector, expressed confidence in Atkinson's abilities, stating that he would be a real asset to the team.

"Gus deserves to be in there. He's hugely exciting and has been outstanding in both the Hundred and the Blast. He's a real asset for us, and we're delighted to give him an opportunity," Wright was quoted as saying by the ICC Cricket while announcing the squad.

Atkinson's bowling carries similar traits to Jofra Archer

The surprise call-up of Gus Atkinson has drawn comparisons to Jofra Archer, who made a similar impact during the 2019 World Cup. Archer, who missed out on a spot in this year's squad due to ongoing recovery, played a crucial role in England's title-winning campaign in 2019, taking 20 wickets and finishing as the third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament.

Apart from his pace, Gus Atkinson brings a smooth run-up and sharp bouncers to the table, giving England an X-factor as they prepare to defend their title later this year in India. The young quick's selection has raised eyebrows but also sparked excitement among fans who are eager to see him showcase his skills on the world stage.

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