Jofra Archer calm and optimistic following England call-up – The Guardian

Jofra Archer calm and optimistic following England call-up - The Guardian

Jofra Archer: England World Cup squad place would not be fair morally

• Newly eligible fast bowler left out of initial World Cup squad• Archer can put himself into England frame in ODIs

Hes excited by the prospect, he added. So is Smith. However, Archer acknowledged day afternoon that when he received Smiths call I was honestly surprised and it was overwhelming for me.

We didnt speak about England that much. That might change now Ive been called up! Weve mainly been trying our best for Rajasthan Royals and to get some points on the board which the team need. They are obviously great players and people and Im looking forward to the opportunity to share a pitch with them for England. It will be relaxing to have some familiar faces around.

Read more Archer has not been selected in the preliminary World Cup squad Smith and his fellow selectors are required to deliver to the ICC this week. He is in the squad of 14 for the ODI against Ireland and the T20 against Pakistan and the 17 for the five ODIs against Pakistan that follow.

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This is the expedient way for Englands selectors to proceed. It would have been provocative to throw Archer straight into the World Cup 15 and there was absolutely no need to do that. Smith made it clear the real selection, once all the evidence has been gathered, will be made around 22 May.

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He [Archer] is a very exciting cricketer and there was a broad desire to give him the opportunity to play for England before the World Cup and before we make the final decision, Smith said.

It would be a hugely proud moment to play with CJ for England, its definitely something we have talked about. Weve done so much together, weve supported each other every step of the way and he deserves his call-up for the Pakistan series.

Archer has played only 14 50-over matches and is more experienced in the games shortest format. Smith is not too bothered by that. There is considerable overlap with T20. He can bowl in different parts of an innings and we have a fair degree of knowledge about him.

Hes been a part of every major cricketing feat Ive had. My debut at Sussex, my first franchise tournament in Bangladesh, he was there in the Big Bash…hes always been there every time Ive done something in cricket. 

Show Hide Preliminary 15-man World Cup squadEoin Morgan (c), 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 WoodThe 2019 tournament, taking place in England and Wales, runs from 30 May to 14 July

Of course I want to play in the World Cup, but if it doesnt happen for me Im not going to get upset. Im just so excited to play against Pakistan and this is a position I didnt imagine I would be in at this stage.

17-man squad for Pakistan ODIsEoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark WoodEngland face Pakistan in five ODIs from 8-19 May

14-man squad to face Ireland in one-off ODI and Pakistan in T20Eoin Morgan (c), 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 WoodEngland face Ireland on 3 May and Pakistan on 5 May 

Its a real conundrum for the selectors; how do they give all involved in this knife-edge choice – David Willey, Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran and possibly Joe Denly – a fair and equal chance to compete with the talented Archer.

Thank you for your feedback. The IPL is a high-profile tournament and that experience also gives some overlap with the demands of international cricket. So far whenever he has been given a new challenge, typically he has taken to it quickly. Selection is never an exact science; there is always the human dimension.

Eoin Morgan (captain), 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

Smith had consulted widely and his witnesses included Chris Jordan, Archers great friend at Sussex, who also makes the 17 but not the 15. Chris has privately and publicly endorsed Jofra giving an honest appraisal, which was typically unselfish.

Not all of Archers new colleagues have been quite so enthusiastic at the prospect of this rapid elevation to the England team. A month ago David Willey expressed some reservations and Mark Wood and Chris Woakes did the same on Tuesday. The most striking – and surprising – observation came from Woakes in an interview with the BBCs Adam Mountford, in which he said it would probably not be fair morally to select Archer, this from the archetypal, universally liked team man.

Eoin Morgan (captain), 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

Smith came prepared to deal with this problem and believes Woakes remarks were taken out of context. Chris is an outstanding man, he said, and he answered the question instinctively. He said specifically he did not think the inclusion of Jofra would disrupt the squad. Thats also the view of the captain, Eoin Morgan, and Trevor Bayliss.

They will return to the squad for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan between 8 and 19 May before England open their World Cup campaign against South Africa at The Oval on 30 May.

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Mark Wood, another good man, very loyal to his friends in the team, basically said: I really respect and admire this team and it would be tough on any of them to miss out.

He would obviously be a great asset but would that affect the dynamic of the team? Would I want to see someone like Liam Plunkett, who has been our best bowler for three years, left out? No.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],themag_co_uk-banner-1,ezslot_1,699,0]));

You would want a player loyal to their friends and colleagues, people theyve been in the trenches with. I have nothing against what theyve said and I have a high degree of confidence that Eoin and Trevor have a good handle on team culture and they endorse this decision.

eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],themag_co_uk-medrectangle-3,ezslot_0,697,0]));However, over 23 years since signing for Newcastle, rather bizarrely, Tino Asprilla has been quoted as a reason for the England cricket team not picking Jofra Archer.

We want to have a look at Jofra – and Chris [Jordan] – in pursuit of our strongest possible squad and then make an informed decision in a months time. We all feel comfortable with that.

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Read more Smith is right to suggest his role is to pick the best squad and not the most popular one among the players. The opportunity is there for Archer and Jordan to demonstrate over the next month they should be chosen – though since they are such similar cricketers it is unlikely both of them can make their way into the proper World Cup squad.

Instead, he was somebody who was a real asset from the very first time he stepped onto the pitch as a sub at Middlesbrough and was the inspiration behind turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory.

There are precedents for successful late arrivals. Most spectacularly just before England embarked on the solitary ICC tournament in which they were victorious, the T20 in the Caribbean in 2010, they parachuted in Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb as an opening pair at the last minute. This squad have been much more settled and successful as this World Cup approaches. Even so there is space and scope for Archer to be selected if he performs well.

Would I want to see myself left out? Obviously not. Would I want to see David Willey, who I am close friends with and who gives you a left-arm option, left out? No.

Smith was determined not to speculate who Archer may replace and almost bristled at the suggestion Joe Denly could be the man to give way. Joe has a wide array of gifts and some unusual attributes: a top-order player, who can bat anywhere and one of our leading spinners in white-ball cricket. He has a unique skill set. Even so it would not be so surprising if Denly was the man to give way to Archer in a months time.

Wood says that disrupting the England team with Archers inclusion, could have the same impact as when Tino Asprilla was brought in by Kevin Keegan in February 1996.

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One seemingly minor consideration for the selectors is this: there is an argument for one of Archer and Jordan, both of whom are superb, athletic fieldsmen, to be in the final squad if only to be on hand as the substitute fielder when the need arises – as it usually does. Both are capable of saving 10 runs an innings in the field.

From the outside, naming him by not naming him looks like a fudge. And I suppose it is. But it is not a fudge of England’s making. It is the ICC’s provisional squad deadline – a marketing rather than cricketing necessity (and as someone with 150 player profiles to write one for which I am not ungrateful) – that has led England down this path. Without the provisional deadline, England would simply have named him in the 17 fully expecting to name him in a trimmed 15 in May. That is still what they expect to do.

It would “not be fair morally” for England to pick the uncapped Jofra Archer in their World Cup squad, says fellow all-rounder Chris Woakes.

Chris Woakes claims Jofra Archer World Cup selection would be morally unfair

Sussexs Archer, 24, has played only 14 one-day matches in his career but has impressed in Twenty20 cricket.

The tools of his T20 success – pace, yorkers, late movement, nasty bouncers – and stellar first-class stats suggest it’s a challenge he should rise to as he has every other he has faced. Six ODIs may not seem much, but by the time he has played them it will comprise almost one-third of his total List A experience. We will know a lot more about him in a month, and the news is almost certain to be good.

“If he was to come in and someone was to miss out, it would be extremely unfortunate,” Woakes told BBC Sport.

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Asked if it was fair that Archer could replace someone who has been part of the squad for three years, Woakes said: “Fair probably is not the right word.

“It probably wouldnt be fair, morally, but at the same time its the nature of international sport.”

Barbados-born fast bowler Archer, whose father is English, has a UK passport. He qualified earlier this year after the England and Wales Cricket Board changed its residency rules.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan is on record as saying he has no doubt about Archers ability, while former West Indies fast bowler Tino Best, who played with Archer in club cricket in Barbados, said he can be “as good as” Stokes and former all-rounder Andrew Flintoff.

Rated one of the most valuable limited-overs players in the world because of his 90mph bowling, athletic fielding and aggressive batting, he is currently playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Paul Farbrace, who stood down from his role as England assistant head coach to become sporting director at Warwickshire last month, offered a more cautious view on Archers World Cup selection, saying it is “not necessarily fair” on the player to pick him.

England coach Trevor Bayliss said Archer will feature in the one-day internationals against Ireland and Pakistan in May, with England also naming a 17-man squad for those matches on Wednesday.

His searing pace and big-hitting has seen him tipped for the top, with one former team-mate and West Indies international saying he can be “as good as Ben Stokes or Andrew Flintoff” and another describing him as a “walking highlights reel”.

Woakes said: “Weve been a tight-knit group for the last two to three years, played some really strong cricket, won a lot of series

He was signed by Hobart Hurricanes as a late replacement for the 2017-18 Big Bash season and his mix of yorkers, bouncers, big hitting and athletic fielding saw him become one of the biggest stars of the competition.

“I dont think it would disrupt the team because everyone would find a way to move on and were trying to win a World Cup for England – thats the bigger picture.”

Befitting a man with undoubted X-factor, the story behind his move to Sussex in 2016 is an interesting one, and based on the recommendation of England and Sussex bowler Chris Jordan, who was also born in Barbados.

Even if Archer is not included in the provisional World Cup squad, England can make changes to it until 23 May. They face South Africa in the tournament opener on 30 May.

“I went back to Sussex and spoke to Mark Robinson, who was our coach at the time, and told him a little bit about Jofra. Robbo then decided to make the call and get him over. The rest is history.”

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Woakes described Archer, who has signed for £800,000 by Rajasthan in last years IPL, as a “world-class player”.

Should selection be fair? Although Chris Woakes pointed out that the headline on a BBC website story this week — saying that Jofra Archers selection for the World Cup would be morally unfair — took his words out of context and gave the phrase undue prominence alongside further observations about the harsh realities of professional sport, it is topical given Archers availability for the World Cup.

Asked whether there would be extra pressure on Archer if he was called up, Woakes said: “He might thrive off it or it might have the opposite effect.

“But from what everyone is hearing he might be part of the Ireland and Pakistan matches so there will be pressure on everyone to perform.

“Everyone will be looking over their shoulder and thats a good place to be as a team because it constantly makes you want to improve and make sure you are a part of that 15.”

England seamer David Willey said in March that he did not know “whether someone should just walk in at the drop of a hat because theyre available”.

Last week, fast bowler Mark Wood said selecting Archer risked changing the “dynamic” of Eoin Morgans side.

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But all-rounder Ben Stokes, who plays alongside Archer for the Royals, said he is the most “naturally gifted” bowler he has seen.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain, who played 88 ODIs between 1989 and 2003, said the selectors should pick Archer for the World Cup.

He told BBC Sport: “Hes got to play against Pakistan because he is a unique talent and you want to see what he is like. You dont want his first game to be a World Cup semi-final facing Virat Kohli.

“However they go, someone is going to be very disappointed. Someone is going to have built their last three years towards playing in a home World Cup and could be left out for Archer.”

Hussain added that “if you can change for the better, you should” and the prospect of picking Archer does not remind him of “panicky” changes previous England sides have made shortly before tournaments.

“Im not worried about disruption because the lads that have played alongside him in franchise cricket have seen his talent and theyre not stupid. When they see a special talent, they back him,” he said.

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