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Bowled over: Jofra Archer is ready for World Cup action
Bowled over: Jofra Archer is ready for World Cup action

By Rory Dollard

Jofra Archer feels "ready" to perform on the biggest stage after landing a place in England's World Cup squad.

The Sussex paceman was named in Eoin Morgan's 15-man party yesterday after impressing in a live audition in the recent series against Pakistan.

Archer has wooed England's selectors with the raw pace which got English cricket so excited about him as he waited for his residency to be confirmed.

The 24-year-old is Barbados-born but has been able to be picked after three years in English cricket rather than seven after laws were changed.

"I got a call from (national selector) Ed Smith yesterday about 6pm. I was driving at the time, I felt the phone vibrate, I answered without looking at it. It is really exciting to be part of a big summer for English cricket," said Archer. "I'd put it in my head I would have to wait seven years, they changed it a little but I was always prepared to wait.

"I think I'm ready. I've played a lot of cricket, I know how to deal with pressure, crowds."

Archer has been named at the expense of David Willey, the Yorkshire left-armer who has been a mainstay of the England side for the last four years.

Stories of how Archer's arrival on the scene would affect a settled dressing room have been abound, but the man himself says he has been welcomed.

"Everyone welcomed me with open arms. It's a good team to be part of, great team, captain, support staff, one of the better teams I've played in," he said.

Archer is fresh from an Indian Premier League stint with Rajasthan Royals and he says that experience has set him fair.

"It has given me a bigger advantage over some of the other guys. We play them (big names) twice in the IPL, you know their weaknesses, strengths, if they can't run between the wickets, you get extra bits of inside information," he said.

"International cricket is the same intensity as the IPL, the only thing that's changed is the amount of overs."

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