Jofra Archer is a seriously talented cricketer: Nasser Hussain
Hussain was hypothetical about Archer should be included in the squad or no.
Updated - Feb 20, 2019 10:58 am
England will be taking the field on Wednesday in the first of the five ODIs against Windies. But the skipper Eoin Morgan has denied from stressing that the team for this series is a definite World Cup squad. He also admitted that they will have to take a few tough calls and also didn’t rule out the possibility of playing Jofra Archer soon after he is available in March.
England, including the Windies series, have as many as 11 One-Day Internationals before the mega event at home and they would surely want to have a look at Archer. However, the former England captain Nasser Hussain is in favour of not making any big changes to the squad unless necessary. He termed the Carribean-born cricketer as seriously talented and felt that Archer’s inclusion would come for good.
“Don’t change it unless you’re changing it for the better. Jofra Archer is a seriously talented cricketer and I say you are probably changing for the better,” Nasser said while speaking to Sky Sports.
That is a big unknown
Jofra Archer has been a topic of discussion ever since the change of rules led to him being available for England ahead of the all-important World Cup. Nasser Hussain is also excited to see if the fast bowler gets picked and also opines that the other fast bowlers will be gunning for improved performance in the Windies ODIs to seal their place.
“I don’t know about someone getting in the XI, but the big unknown is ‘can Jofra Archer break his way into the squad?'” You’ll have the likes of (Liam) Plunkett and (David) Willey who will be just looking over their shoulder, saying ‘I’d better put in a good performance (against Windies), otherwise I might be missing out on a home World Cup’. That’s only going to be good for the squad if you’re constantly being pushed,” Hussain further added.
Apart from the five matches against the Caribbean side, Morgan and his men will be playing a one-off ODI against Ireland and then a five-match series against Pakistan in the lead up to their tournament opener on May 30 against South Africa.