James Vince (right) struck a career-best 190 runs for Hampshire on Friday. Ben Duckett (left) and Dawid Malan will play against Ireland and Pakistan

Batsman James Vince has the chance to earn a place in England’s World Cup squad after being called up for the one-day series against Pakistan.

Vince, 28, replaces Alex Hales who was withdrawn from the preliminary World Cup squad after being suspended following an “off-field incident”.

England have until 23 May to finalise their squad for the tournament.

Ben Duckett and Dawid Malan have also been called up for the ODI in Ireland and the Twenty20 against Pakistan.

England play Ireland in Malahide, near Dublin, on Friday before taking on Pakistan at Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens on Sunday.

Opener Jason Roy is out of both games because of a back spasm while captain Eoin Morgan and batsman Joe Denly are carrying knocks.

Hampshire’s Vince was already selected for both games.

Surrey player Roy will continue to receive treatment before meeting up with squad before the five-match Pakistan one-day series, which starts at The Oval on Wednesday, 8 May – their last competitive action before their World Cup campaign starts against South Africa on 30 May.

Vince struck a career-best 190 for Hampshire on Friday, hitting 15 fours and five sixes to further enhance his England credentials for this summer.

The Hampshire captain said he had “thought about England briefly” after his side’s victory over Gloucestershire and, despite not making the preliminary squad, wanted to “prove I am the man to step in”.

Duckett, 24, top-scored as Nottinghamshire made a season-high total in the One-Day Cup last week. He has made 123 runs in his three previous ODI appearances for England, the last of which came in 2016.

Middlesex captain Malan, 31, has registered 724 runs in 15 Test matches and 250 runs in five T20 internationals.

Durham seamer Mark Wood has also withdrawn and will feature for his County in two Royal London One-Day Cup matches before joining the ODI squad in London next week.


By BBC Sport’s Stephan Shemilt:

Given his form for Hampshire, it’s no surprise that Vince has been given the chance to prove himself as Hales’ World Cup replacement in the games against Pakistan.

However, because of the settled nature of England’s powerful batting line-up, Hales was only ever set to be the first reserve, so now Vince will vie with Joe Denly to be considered next cab off the rank should an injury or loss of form occur.

Still, the World Cup is a marathon competition and the likes of Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan have been carrying niggles, so this is a magnificent and unexpected opportunity to play a part in what could be the biggest summer in England’s history.

There’s not only the World Cup to think about. With the Test side’s top three so unsettled, anyone who performs well in the early part of the summer, even if it is in one-day cricket, will be in the shop window for the Ashes.

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