Destined to play on the bigger stage right from day one, all-rounder Jofra Archer has finally got his due as he received unarguably the biggest call-up of his cricketing career on Tuesday. Archer made his highly-anticipated entry into England’s World Cup squad, as the national selectors named the final 15-man contingent for the marquee tournament. Despite being excluded from the preliminary squad, England selectors made sure that Archer meet ICC’s first deadline requirement before the cut-off date.
The young pacer was included for the one-off ODI versus Ireland and five-match ODI series against Pakistan. His eventual selection was more or less a certainty once he had made his England debut. Archer’s inclusion came alongside those of fellow all-rounder Liam Dawson and top-order batsman James Vince. The trio replaced David Willey, Joe Denly and Alex Hales.
Despite having played just four internationals since becoming eligible to play for England in March, Archer is highly regarded for his temperament and talent, so much that England picked his raw talent over the more experienced Willey. The left-arm seamer has been a consistent performer for England in the past. But after what was at best a mixed series against Pakistan, his performances simply weren’t enough to make him stand out from the intense current competition.
England World Cup squad: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, James Vince.
England will play there two warm-up matches, against Australia in Southampton on Saturday (May 25) and Afghanistan at The Oval on Monday (May 27) before launching the tournament against South Africa at The Oval on May 30.