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England's Archer earns WC spot

  • Published at 09:57 pm May 21st, 2019
Jofra Archer Reuters

The 24-year-old, born in Barbados and who represented West Indies at U-19 level, was not in England's provisional squad and only made his ODI debut little over a fortnight ago

Fast bowler Jofra Archer's whirlwind rise continued when he was named in host England's 15-man World Cup squad Tuesday having appeared in only three one-day internationals.

The 24-year-old, born in Barbados and who represented West Indies at U-19 level, was not in England's provisional squad and only made his ODI debut little over a fortnight ago.

His inclusion, and that of Tom Curran, means pace bowler David Willey misses out having been a regular during England's march to the top of the ODI ranking.

It was one of three changes to England's preliminary squad.

Slow left-armer Liam Dawson was also selected ahead of Kent's utility man Joe Denly despite missing out on this month's 4-0 drubbing of Pakistan with a side strain.

Dawson, 29, has not featured for England since October but has been in good form this season, claiming 18 wickets for his county.

Opener James Vince is the other change from the preliminary squad after Alex Hales was withdrawn for disciplinary reasons.

The fast-tracking of the exciting Archer into an already-potent England side gives captain Eoin Morgan another weapon as he attempts to lead the country to their first World Cup title.

Archer can bowl at over 90mph, as well as offer quick runs with the bat.

Archer said his experiences in the Indian Premier League with Rajasthan Royals will stand him in good stead for the intensity of a home World Cup.

Archer, whose father is English, only became eligible for England this year after a change to the ECB's rules in November.

He took one wicket on his debut against Ireland and impressed the selectors with his pace and control in two matches against Pakistan.

A good World Cup would also push Archer into contention for the Ashes series later in the summer.

England's players assemble in Southampton Friday ahead of the first of two warm-up fixtures before the World Cup. They play Australia Saturday and Afghanistan at The Oval Monday.

Their World Cup quest begins against South Africa on May 30.

Squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood 

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