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Pace bowling all-rounder Jofra Archer was not included in England’s preliminary squad for the World Cup, which begins next month.
There had been a lot of speculation over whether Archer would be included in the squad, but even though he has been excluded, he will still have a chance to break into the side as he will be part of England’s squad for the ODI against Ireland on May 3 and limited overs series against Pakistan.
The series against Pakistan will consist of a one-off Twenty20 International and five ODIs, and will run from May 5 to 19.
“The selection panel would like to give Jofra Archer the opportunity to stake a claim for the final World Cup squad, which will be announced in a little over a month,” national selector Ed Smith told Sky Sports News as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “He’s someone who has very quickly shown what he can do on a big stage.
“I like to keep things very simple on the selection panel: who’s available? Of those who are available, what’s the strongest squad that gives us the best chance to compete and play well? So, as soon as Jofra became available, we discussed whether we would select him in squads … as soon as he became available, we have given him the opportunity.
“He’s a very relaxed person, he has a very understated manner. He was very excited about the opportunity. He obviously had a game to go and play for Rajasthan, which obviously went pretty well for him. So I think the most important fact is not necessarily what he said, even though he was very pleased and excited, but also what he did. Ultimately that’s the business we’re in.”
Pace bowler Chris Jordan also failed to make the cut, but he will be part of the squads for the match against Ireland and limited overs series against Pakistan.
Joe Denly has not played ODI cricket since October 2009, but he claimed the back-up spinning all-rounder spot ahead of Liam Dawson.
The players selected by England that are currently playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) will have to return home by April 26.
England and all the other nations participating in the World Cup have until May 23 to finalise their squads.
“In line with ICC regulations, we have to name a preliminary squad of 15 for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup before April 23,” Smith said. “However, all 17 players named in the Royal London ODIs against Pakistan can stake a claim to be in the final 15-man squad, finalised at the end of that series.
“The selection panel has been impressed with Jofra Archer’s performances in domestic and franchise cricket. He is a very talented and exciting cricketer. Chris Jordan, a regular in T20 squads over the past few years, has continued to develop as a cricketer – as we saw in the T20s in the West Indies. He fully deserves his return to the ODI squad.
“With regard to resting players, we are conscious of managing player workloads leading into such an important summer so that players are in the best possible condition for the World Cup. That was also a factor in the way we have selected these three squads.”
England’s Preliminary World Cup Squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
England’s Squad for the Pakistan ODI Series: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
England’s Squad for the Ireland ODI and Pakistan T20: Eoin Morgan (capt), Jofra Archer, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood