Jofra Archer set to be given chance to make England case against Pakistan
- England are prepared to pick Jofra Archer for one-day series against Pakistan
- The exciting all-rounder will officially qualify for England on March 17
- England must name their provisional 15-man World Cup squad on April 23
- Coach Trevor Bayliss confirmed England had spoken to Archer
England have given the clearest indication yet they will rush Jofra Archer into their World Cup squad after pledging to pick him for their early summer one-day series against Pakistan.
Coach Trevor Bayliss wants to have a look at the exciting Archer, who qualifies for England on March 17, in international action and will effectively put him on trial in the five-match 50-over series in May against Pakistan and the one-off game in Ireland that precedes it.
England must name a provisional 15-man World Cup squad on April 23 and will almost certainly exclude Archer from that as they keep faith with the players who have taken them to the top of the world rankings despite Saturday’s humiliating final one-day defeat by West Indies.
Jofra Archer is likely to be given the chance to impress when England face Pakistan
But one bowler, with David Willey and Tom Curran most under threat, will almost certainly suffer World Cup heartache with England, as Sportsmail predicted ahead of the one-day series here, poised to make a change to the squad by the May 22 cut-off in bringing in the Barbadian-born Archer.
‘I think Jofra will get the opportunity to show us what he can do in those matches against Pakistan and Ireland,’ said Bayliss on Sunday after England had surprisingly drawn the 50-over series here.
‘There was contact made with him during the Australian summer and he’s said he’s keen.’
Bayliss confirmed England made contact with Archer and were keen to assess him up close
Archer, who has an English father and a British passport, has looked a rare talent in his emergence with Sussex and in Twenty20 franchises around the world in being able to bowl in excess of 90 miles per hour and hit the ball a long way in the lower middle order.
It is his bowling, with England suffering at the hands of the remarkable Chris Gayle here, that Bayliss most wants, both in the World Cup and in all probability the Ashes that follows in this momentous summer.
‘He’s a bowler who looks like he could be effective in all three phases of an innings,’ said the Australian. ‘He can take the new ball, bowl through the middle and at the end which is a good skill set to have.’
The only concern is whether the introduction of a newcomer just before the World Cup might upset the equilibrium of a tight-knit group.
‘It’s something we’ve got to think about,’ admitted Bayliss. ‘Firstly, is he good enough to be in the team and secondly will he upset the apple cart to a degree that it effects the way we play.’
The coach wants Archer to bolster England’s bowling attack after their draw in West Indies