‘It probably wouldn’t be fair, morally:’ Chris Woakes becomes the second England star to question Jofra Archer’s impending call-up to World Cup squad
- England name their provisional 15-man squad for the World Cup on Wednesday
- The ECB are expected to give a first ever call up to Barbados born Jofra Archer
- Chris Woakes has questioned the morality of picking the Sussex all-rounder
Chris Woakes has become the latest England cricketer to voice concerns about the impending World Cup call-up for Jofra Archer.
England name their provisional side for the tournament on Wednesday, with the 24-year-old expected to be part of the 15-man squad.
From Barbados, but with a father who holds a British a British passport, Archer qualifies to represent England after the ECB changed its recidency rules last year, shortening the length in which a player had to reside in the country from seven years to three.
Jofra Archer is expected to be handed a place in England provisional World Cup squad
ENGLAND’S WORLD CUP PROGRAMME
30 May — South Africa, The Oval
3 June — Pakistan, Trent Bridge
8 June — Bangladesh, Cardiff
14 June — West Indies, Southampton
18 June — Afghanistan, Old Trafford
21 June — Sri Lanka, Headingley
25 June — Australia, Lord’s
30 June — India, Edgbaston
3 July — New Zealand, Chester-le-Street
However, Woakes has gone on record to question the idea of breaking up a squad that is ranked No 1 in the world.
‘If he was to come in and someone was to miss out, it would be extremely unfortunate,’ Woakes told BBC Sport.
‘We’ve been a tight-knit group for the last two to three years, played some really strong cricket, won a lot of series.
‘Apart from a personal level, I wouldn’t want to see any of my mates and team-mates miss out.
‘But it’s the nature of international cricket that there is always someone knocking on the door.
‘I don’t think it would disrupt the team because everyone would find a way to move on and we’re trying to win a World Cup for England – that’s the bigger picture.
‘It probably wouldn’t be fair, morally, but at the same time it’s the nature of international sport.’
However, fellow all-rounder Chris Woakes has joined Mark Wood in questioning the call
Woakes is not the only England star to make his opinions on the matter public.
Mark Wood said that, although Archer was clearly a ‘world-class’ talent, he did not agree with one of his current team-mates being left out.
‘It’s a tough question. Do you change a winning team that has been No 1 for four years? He is obviously a world-class player,’ Wood said.
‘But would I want to see someone like a Liam Plunkett who has been our best bowler for three years left out? No. Would I want to see myself left out? Obviously not.
‘Would I want to see David Willey, who I am close friends with and someone who gives you a left-arm option, left out? No.
‘Would I want to see Chris Woakes, another friend who has taken loads of wickets, left out? No. Or Tom Curran, who has bowled well. It is hard to see. Does anyone deserve to be left out? I don’t know.’