Daily Mail UK – Jofra Archer still has time to force his way into England’s World Cup plans even though they will have to name their provisional squad before he has the chance to make his debut.

Summary

  • Jofra Archer still has time to force his way into England’s World Cup plans even though they will have to name their provisional squad before he has the chance to make his debut.
  • Yet Ashley Giles, England’s new team director, believes Archer has ‘put his hat in the ring’ to add the crucial qualities of express pace, big hitting and athletic fielding to a 50-over squad who are already firm favourites to win their first ever World Cup this summer.
  • England could name the Barbados-born Archer, who has an English father and a British passport, in that squad and hand him his 50-over debut in a one-off match against Ireland in May and in the five-match series against Pakistan that follows it.
  • Intriguingly, Olly Stone, another bowler capable of real pace, has been left out of England’s squad for the one-day series in the Caribbean that follows the three-Test series against West Indies, seemingly leaving a path clear for a late burst from Archer.
  • ‘At the same time we have a group of players who have done a lot to get us to this point and performed very well for England so competition for those final places will be strong,’ cautioned Giles at Lord’s.


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