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Decision due on whether England should take Jofra Archer to World Cup

Daily Mail UK – England go into the last one-day international on Saturday before they name their World Cup squad knowing they must soon decide whether Jofra Archer really is the ‘final piece of the jigsaw’.

Summary

  • England go into the last one-day international on Saturday before they name their World Cup squad knowing they must soon decide whether Jofra Archer really is the ‘final piece of the jigsaw’.
  • It is fair to say Archer, who qualifies for England on March 17, has had a decent series by not playing, even though England’s initial attempt to get him here for at least the last couple of these 50-over games and the Twenty20 matches next week was doomed to failure.
  • West Indies’ bold and brilliant attempt at reaching 419 to win, only failing by 30 runs when Adil Rashid took the last four wickets in five balls, has given England food for thought over their World Cup bowling options.
  • That decision will be made when England declare their hand on April 23, but the bowlers most under threat from the emergence of Archer will probably have to wait until the three Twenty20 games that end this tour to try to stake their 50-over claim.
  • Wood was integral to Wednesday’s win that gave England a 2-1 lead but it was Rashid who underlined his growing importance in white-ball cricket when Eoin Morgan turned to him with West Indies needing 32 to win off the last three overs — even though he had gone for 83 in nine overs.


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