One of the finest English cricketers of his generation – Michael Vaughan has thrown his weight behind Barbados-born Jofra Archer to be picked in the England squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. Known to speak his mind out when it comes on cricketing matters, Vaughan has backed Archer to make an ‘instant impact’ at the showpiece event and says he ‘walks straight in’ England’s one-day world-beating team.
On Wednesday, the 44-year-old Vaughan took to Twitter to express his views on the same and claimed of going naked if Archer isn’t picked in the England squad. “Jofra will play at the WC or I will be naked !!!!” Vaughan’s tweet read.
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On Wednesday, England Cricket Board on Wednesday announced the 15-member preliminary squad for the World Cup 2019, scheduled to be played in England and Wales. Archer was left out of England’s preliminary WC squad on but called up to face Pakistan for the five-match ODI series and a lone ODI versus Ireland.
ECB has laid down a condition that if Archer impresses, he can be named in the final World Cup squad, with ICC rules allowing teams to make changes up until May 23. England chief selector Ed Smith is confident the call-up of uncapped all-rounder Archer will have no adverse effect on team morale in the run-up to the World Cup.
Archer is one of the most in-demand players in world cricket and Vaughan says he is an automatic pick for England when fit and firing.
‘He can make a big impact,’ the former England captain told Omnisport. ‘If Jofra Archer’s fit and playing, going alright, can get mixed into the group, he walks straight into the XI.’
‘You need to see no players getting injured,’ Vaughan added. ‘A Jos Buttler missing out for England would be a huge loss, [he] can’t be replaced at one-day level.
‘If England have a fully fit squad, they’re going to go a long way to winning.’
England’s fifteen-member squad for World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.