During the first five editions of the ICC Cricket World Cup, England were the ultimate underachievers of the tournament, having finished runners-up on three occasions in 1979, 1987 and 1992. Nevertheless, a lot of the country’s finest players have played in the World Cup including the likes of Graham Gooch, Geoffrey Boycott, Alec Stewart, Bob Willis, Ian Botham, just to name a few.
However, there have been a number of cricketers from England who had what it takes to play in the World Cup but did not find a place in the squad. Here are five prominent England cricketers who never played in the World Cup.
#5 Devon Malcolm
Devon Malcolm was one of England's finest Test bowlers during the early and mid-90s and one of the fastest bowlers in the world during his prime. He took 128 Test wickets throughout his Test career including 5 five-wicket hauls with his best bowling figures being 9/57 against South Africa.
However, Malcolm hardly got the opportunity to showcase his bowling in ODIs despite an impressive record of 249 wickets in List-A cricket that includes two five-wicket hauls and a spell of 7/35. The Jamaican-born had a remarkable start to his ODI career with a spell of 2/19 against New Zealand at The Oval in 1990.
After playing a few matches in 1990, Malcolm did not feature in the ODI team till 1993 despite doing fairly well in Tests. He thus failed to find a spot in the 1992 World Cup. He played in a few ODIs in 1993 and 1994, taking three wickets on two occasions. However, despite bowling a fine spell of 3/41 against West Indies, Malcolm was dropped from the ODI team once again and was never recalled.