May 21, 2019 / 8:46 AM / a month ago

Archer's rapid rise earns him England World Cup spot

LONDON (Reuters) - Fast bowler Jofra Archer’s whirlwind rise continued when he was named in hosts England’s 15-man World Cup squad on Tuesday having appeared in only three one-day internationals.

FILE PHOTO: Cricket - Fourth One Day International - England v Pakistan - Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Britain - May 17, 2019 England's Jofra Archer Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

The 24-year-old, born in Barbados and who represented West Indies at Under-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 rankings.

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Opener James Vince is the other change from the preliminary squad after Alex Hales was withdrawn for disciplinary reasons.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

“We’ve seen Jofra Archer play against Pakistan and we’ve seen the skills he has,” national selector Ed Smith said at Lord’s. “It’s pretty straightforward. He’s an outstanding talent, that’s clear to all of us. He has pace, bounce, skill.

“David (Willey) could easily have been in the World Cup squad, he deserved to be in. It was a very difficult situation.”

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

“To be honest, international cricket is probably the same intensity as the IPL. It’s different but then it isn’t different,” he told Sky Sports.

“Everyone has welcomed me with open arms since I got in.

“Really exciting to be a part of a big summer for English cricket. I think I’m ready. I know how to deal with pressure.”

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.

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

Additional reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Simon Jennings and Ed Osmond

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