Snooker World Cup 2017 teams: Judd Trump and Barry Hawkins to team up for England
Judd Trump will partner Barry Hawkins for England at the Snooker World Cup after the 24 line-ups were announced for the biannual team event which runs from July 3-9 in Wuxi.
It is all change for the English as Trump and Hawkins – ranked third and fifth in the world respectively – prepare to make their debuts in the tournament, as world number one Mark Selby chose not to enter this year.
They are joined by Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo, who reunite for China A once again and are searching for a second title after lifting the trophy in 2011, while the China B duo of Zhou Yuelong and Yan Bingtao will have the opportunity to defend the crown they captured after announcing themselves to the world two years ago.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong also remain unchanged with world number six Marco Fu joined by 47-year-old Au Chi Wai once again, as do the Republic of Ireland pair of Fergal O’Brien and former World champion Ken Doherty and Brazil’s Igor Figueiredo and Itaro Santos.
Yan Bingtao is back alongside Zhou Yuelong for another shot at World Cup glory with China B (Photo by World Snooker)6x5x4x3xElsewhere, John Higgins will be aiming to go one step better with Scotland this year alongside Anthony McGill, who makes his debut, while Australia’s Neil Robertson is joined by Kurt Dunham and Ryan Day partners Mark Williams for Wales.
Mark Allen is also looking to go the extra step after reaching the 2011 Snooker World Cup final with Northern Ireland. The Pistol is joined by Joe Swail on his return to the event, as Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Noppon Saengkham team up for Thailand.
Luca Brecel joins forces with 21-year-old Jeff Jacobs for Belgium, while Kurt Maflin is partnered by Christopher Watts to complete the Norway team for this year.
As well as some of the best players in the world, there will be an opportunity for a few lesser-known ones to gain some exposure and experience of playing in a big event.
That is the case for Finland, where former Shoot Out champion Robin Hull is partnered by Heikki Niva, and Iran’s pairing of China Open semi-finalist Hossein Vafaei alongside Soheil Vahedi.
Snooker World Cup 2017 Line-Ups
China A: Ding Junhui and Liang WenboEngland: Judd Trump and Barry HawkinsAustralia: Neil Robertson and Kurt DunhamHong Kong: Marco Fu and Au Chi WaiScotland: John Higgins and Anthony McGillWales: Mark Williams and Ryan DayRepublic of Ireland: Ken Doherty and Fergal O’BrienNorway: Kurt Maflin and Christopher WattsNorthern Ireland: Mark Allen and Joe SwailChina B: Zhou Yuelong and Yan BingtaoThailand: Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Noppon SaengkhamBelgium: Luca Brecel and Jeff JacobsIndia: Aditya Mehta and Brijesh DamaniBrazil: Igor Figueiredo and Itaro SantosMalta: Alex Borg and Duncan BezzinaIran: Hossein Vafaei and Soheil VahediMalaysia: Thor Chuan Leong and Moh Keen HoGermany: Lukas Kleckers and Simon LichtenbergPakistan: Hamza Akbar and Shahram ChangeziCyprus: Michael Georgiou and Antonis PoullosSwitzerland: Alexander Ursenbacher and Darren ParisEgypt: Hatem Yassen and Basem EltahhanIsrael: Eden Sharav and Shachar RubergFinland: Robin Hull and Heikki Niva