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World Cup 2019: Chris Woakes admits fray for the spot in team for mega event has got tougher after Jofra Archer’s arrival

The pacer also thinks that after Archer's arrival the competition for the spot in the World Cup squad has increased.

Chris Woakes of England
Chris Woakes of England leaves the field. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

England star Chris Woakes has admitted that his World Cup spot is not guaranteed after Jofra Archer’s impressive start in international cricket. While Woakes made it to England’s preliminary World Cup squad, Archer could not as the selectors kept faith in the players who have played a vital role in changing the fortunes of the team in ODIs. However, Archer has made a seamless transition to international cricket and his undeniable talent is just making things tough for the World Cup hosts.

At a time when scoring runs is looking easier than ever, leaving out a bowler with the calibre of Archer is just too much to ask for. The Barbados-born allrounder has made a big mark with his express pace and the ease with which he clocks 90 mph constantly. The way Archer has performed in big leagues like Indian Premier League and Big Bash League, it is more or less sure that he is tailor-made for the big stage. Unsurprisingly, England is tempted to include him in the World Cup squad and Woakes believes there is a realistic chance of it.

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Woakes impressed with the ball in the second ODI against Pakistan. In a run-fest where both the teams scored more than 350, Woakes did his own prospects no harm with a fine return of four wickets for 67 runs in his ten overs. He, however, is still not sure about his place in the World Cup squad.

“Safe is probably not the word,” he said ahead of the fourth ODI at Trent Bridge on Friday. “But you always feel like you need to put in performances, and I’m pleased I managed to do so. You hope you are safe, but I suppose until that squad’s selected you’re not. Hopefully, I am, but we will see.”

Woakes on Archer’s arrival

Woakes said that Archer’s inclusion in the national team has boosted competition among the bowlers. He also said that Archer’s good form means someone will miss out on the World Cup spot.

“The batters have obviously set the benchmark (for competition) over the last few years. There’s always been competition for places there, more so maybe than the bowling. I suppose this (Archer’s arrival) has done the same for the bowlers, so I think it’s been a good thing. Someone, unfortunately, will miss out,” said Woakes.

England is leading the ongoing series 2-0 and a win in the upcoming game will help them seal the series with a match remaining.

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