Barbados-born T20 star Jofra Archer has been named in Englands final 15 man squad for the Cricket World Cup as David Willey and Joe Denly miss out.
Archer was not included in the preliminary World Cup squad and was instead included in the ODI and T20 squad to face Pakistan as well as the ODI squad to face Ireland, giving the 24-year-old the chance to prove himself for final selection.
Archer took just three wickets across the three ODIs and two in the one-off T20 against Pakistan but managed to secure himself a birth in the squad. The fact that he will replace David Willey who took one more wicket than Archer in the Pakistan series with an albeit slightly more expensive economy rate suggests that Archer was always going to be named in the squad and his exclusion was simply a matter of protocol given that he only made his debut for the side a few weeks ago.
Elsewhere, Liam Dawson has been preferred to Joe Denly with Denly unable to impress the selectors in his recent call up to make the final squad. Instead, Denly will return to the County Championship where he will have a chance to earn selection for the upcoming Ashes series.
Speaking about the selections, National selector Ed Smith told BBC Sport:
“Archer does bring different things to the squad. We saw that in advance and when he has had an opportunity in an England shirt he has shown what he is capable of.
“He’s a special cricketer. He has pace, athleticism, dynamism and he can get you a wicket in any circumstances. There was a broad desire for him to be in the squad.”
Final England squad: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.