Keighley-born Harry Brook inched another step closer to gatecrashing England's World Cup squad after he was handed a late call-up for this week's ODI series against New Zealand.

Brook's hopes of making next month's tournament plummeted when he was surprisingly omitted from the original 15-man squad, but England's resolve has been tested ever since that selection was made public.

With Brook, who grew up in Burley-in-Wharfedale, offering several timely reminders of his quality, first with a blistering century in The Hundred then two dashing T20 knocks against the Black Caps, there has been a growing clamour for a rethink before the September 28 deadline.

Now he has been drafted into the four-match series, which begins in Cardiff tomorrow, giving him a clear opportunity to nail down a spot in India.

His Yorkshire team-mate Dawid Malan is considered the most vulnerable of the specialist batters and the imminent arrival of the 36-year-old's second child is part of the reason Brook has been retained as cover.

England are also being cautious over Jonny Bairstow's fitness after he experienced pain in his right shoulder while batting in Tuesday's final T20 against New Zealand. He opted not to keep wicket at Trent Bridge and, although the issue is not thought be a serious concern, it offers further pretext for Brook to remain with the group.

Despite his fast-growing reputation across all formats, Brook has just three ODI caps to his name.