WORLD CUP 2019
Cricbuzz Staff •
Archer certainly won’t be in the preliminary squad but if he is selected and performs well in the one-off game against Ireland and then the five match series against Pakistan which follows, England will have a tricky decision to make. © Getty
England head coach Trevor Bayliss says that soon-to-be qualified all-rounder Jofra Archer will get a chance to stake a claim for a World Cup berth in the series against Ireland and Pakistan in May.
The Barbados-born Archer, who has a British passport, will become eligible for England in the next few weeks and speculation has been rife that he will force his way into their World Cup plans. Until now, it has been a hypothetical but when England next play ODI cricket, he will be available and Bayliss says he will be given a chance to show what he can do.
“Jofra Archer’s name keeps cropping up and I think at some stage we will give him an opportunity,” Bayliss said on Sunday (March 3). “Those matches against Pakistan and Ireland, I think he will get an opportunity to show us what he can do.
“There was a little bit of contact made during the Australian summer, when there was talk about the date that he qualified, or how many days he needed to be back in the UK. He’s said publicly that he’s keen. There was certainly a discussion between selectors, coach and captain and that’s been ongoing for a little while. Now we’ve got the opportunity to have a look at someone like that, why not take it?”
England have to name their final World Cup squad on May 22, although a provisional party has to be selected by April 23. Archer certainly won’t be in the preliminary squad but if he is selected and performs well in the one-off game against Ireland and then the five match series against Pakistan which follows, England will have a tricky decision to make.
Archer’s ability as an all-rounder of serious talent is not in doubt, despite him having played just 14 List A matches, but Bayliss and captain Eoin Morgan will also have to consider the effect of parachuting the 23-year-old into a squad which has been largely settled over the past four years. “I wouldn’t say it is necessarily a concern but it is something we’ve got to think about,” Bayliss said.
“Firstly is he good enough to be in the team and secondly will that upset the apple cart to a degree that is affects the way we play? He’s a bowler you don’t get many of – someone who is able to bowl in all three phases of the game. He can take the new ball, he can bowl through the middle and he can bowl at the end, which is a good skill-set to have.”
Were Archer to be selected, those most at risk appear David Willey and Tom Curran, neither of whom had much opportunity to prove their mettle during the 2-2 series against Windies. Willey carried the drinks for the entire series while Curran played two matches in all but only bowled one ball in the fifth ODI and that was hit for four.
Responding to England’s seven-wicket hammering in the final match of the series in St Lucia, Bayliss said it served as a reminder than nothing can be taken for granted ahead of a World Cup that they will start as one of the clear favourites for. “For us to lose in such a fashion – I think they were embarrassed,” he said.”In a macabre sort of way it might be exactly what we needed. Like a wake-up call.
“Just because we’re one of the favourites for the World Cup doesn’t mean we can turn up and go through the motions and win. There are a number of teams that can win this World Cup and we’ve got to be right on our game to have a chance.”