Jofra Archer on England’s radar for World Cup 2019, confirms Trevor Bayliss
Archer will become eligible to play for England in March.
Updated - Feb 26, 2019 1:36 pm
England is currently playing the five-match ODI series against the Windies in the Caribbean islands. The series is locked at 1-1 and the third match, on Monday, was washed out due to rain. The hosts have exposed the bowling frailties of the World number 1 side which has increased the possibility of Jofra Archer playing the World Cup.
Archer will become eligible to play for England in March this year and before the World Cup at home, the team will be playing a total of six more One-Day Internationals against Ireland and Pakistan. But these matches are scheduled to be played in May and the deadline to submit the squad for the mega event is April 23.
This might lead to England taking a risk with Jofra Archer’s inclusion for these matches and the coach Trevor Bayliss has confirmed that the Barbadian-born English cricketer is on the team’s radar.
Final Piece of jigsaw
Bayliss, while speaking to Sky Sports, stressed the fact that they have shortlisted around 17 players now and will be trying them out in the next few matches. He also went on to say that, Jofra Archer will be the final piece of jigsaw which clears that they are looking at him as their solution to the fast bowling issues.
We’ve pretty much had the same 15,16 or 17 players over the last three or four years. We could probably name a 15, there’s a Jofra Archer decision to be made at a later date. I think it’s getting down to that being the final piece of jigsaw,” Trevor Bayliss said.
England’s bowling attack conceded 360 and 290 runs in the first couple of One-Day Internationals against Windies recently. While their batsmen chased down the 361-run target easily to win the series opener, the second game saw an imminent collapse which have become more frequent for England to their liking. The fourth ODI will be played on Wednesday in Grenada.