By Peter Moore
- No place for Jofra Archer
- Injury prone bowlers sweating on their place
- Chris Jordan misses out, but selectors keep faith with David Willey
LORDS, ENGLAND – Provisional squad announced for the Cricket World Cup, but England look to be biding their time in deciding in whether to include Jofra Archer.
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With only 42 days left until the start of the Cricket World Cup, England have named their provisional squad of 15. The host nation will have until the deadline of the 23rd May to finalise their World Cup 15, with Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan not considered, but named in a squad of 17 for forthcoming matches against Ireland and Pakistan.
The pre-season favourites and current Number one ranked ODI side in the world have gone with a tried and tested side which is very strong in all departments.
Hope for Archer?
The selectors have taken a sensible approach by picking the newly qualified Archer for their squad to play against Ireland in Dublin on May 3rd and a five-match series against Pakistan starting on the 8th May, with the idea to see if he is good enough to be included in their 15-man World Cup squad.
Archer, who was born in Barbados to an English father, became qualified to represent England just last month, after only a three-year residential period when the ECB changed it’s regulations to be in line with the ICC. The 24-year-old Archer has played county cricket for Sussex for four seasons but has currently only played 14 List A matches taking 21 wickets at an average of just over 30. The youngster’s biggest strength in white ball cricket has always been the shorter version of the game, where he has made 89 appearances and picked up 115 wickets.
Should Archer start against Ireland and be given an extended run in the side against Pakistan, he may get the nod when England open their campaign against South Africa at the Oval on the 30th May.
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Getting bowled over
With this thought in mind, the experienced pace attack of Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood will surely have one eye looking over their shoulder at how Archer performs.
Plunkett, has been the leading wicket taker among England’s ODI pace bowlers since the last World Cup, but has conceded over 6 runs per over in ODI’s.
England’s other concern ahead of the tournament must surely be the fitness of Woakes, Wood and Willey. Woakes has ongoing knee trouble, Wood has to manage his ankle very carefully after no less than three operations, while Willey has had various injuries.
Bowling worries aside, the squad on paper looks extremely strong and understandably will be the side to beat on home conditions. Under the astute leadership of Eoin Morgan, the side boast the explosive Joss Buttler, clearly the most complete hitter in the squad. With an opening partnership of Jason Roy– A brilliant stroke-player- alongside the ever reliable Jonny Bairstow, with England’s batting banker Joe Root and a middle order of Ben Stokes, Morgan and Buttler alongside bowlers in the shape of Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Willey and Woakes who are more than useful with some late order runs on their day, you can see why England remain the side to beat come June.
Provisional England World Cup squad
- Moeen Ali
- Jonny Bairstow
- Jos Buttler
- Tom Curran
- Joe Denly
- Alex Hales
- Eoin Morgan
- Liam Plunkett
- Adil Rashid
- Joe Root
- Jason Roy
- Ben Stokes
- David Willey
- Chris Woakes
- Mark Wood
England next play against Ireland in Dublin, on 3 May, 10:45.
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