Archer to make England debut against Ireland
The 24-year-old paceman was left out of England’s preliminary 15-man World Cup squad.
Jofra Archer will finally make his England debut against Ireland on Friday, hoping to replace months of speculation with tangible evidence of his international pedigree.
The 24-year-old paceman, Barbados born to an English father, only qualified under revised residency rules last month but has been the subject of excited anticipation for considerably longer.
A star of the global Twenty20 circuit, Archer was left out of England’s preliminary 15-man World Cup squad but has been handed a chance to audition for a place in the finalised panel.
He has a maximum of seven matches to make his case this month and captain Eoin Morgan confirmed the Sussex seamer would be lining up in the first of those at Malahide, one of three first-timers in the XI.
“Jofra will make his debut alongside Ben Foakes and Dawid Malan,” said Morgan.
“He is exciting, I’ve played against him for quite a while now and everyone has probably seen what he has done around the world in T20 franchise cricket.
“The attributes and skills he has shown there are good enough to play international cricket, it’s how he deals with the pressures that come with it and how he performs.”
Morgan moved to draw a line under suggestions that Archer’s arrival on the scene so late in a four-year World Cup cycle could prove destabilising.
The likes of David Willey, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes have all spoken about the situation in recent weeks and are understood to be disappointed at how their words were received in certain quarters, but Morgan made it clear that there will always be a warm welcome for one more talented individual.
“It’s not an issue,” he said.
“We’ve spoken about the quotes that came out and they were taken a little bit out of context. There’s no malice towards anybody coming in. Part of what we do is creating a healthy culture and an environment that is extremely welcoming and we’ve witnessed that over the weekend in the camp.
“I’m looking forward to him making his debut and Ben and Dawid as well.”
As for the latter pair, who have a chance to position themselves as first-choice injury replacements for the forthcoming tournament, the skipper added: “I play closely with Dawid at Middlesex and he has probably been unlucky that the squad has been so strong that he hasn’t played 50-overs earlier.
“The feedback on Ben has been absolutely awesome around the Test team and all the feedback from Surrey is that he’s one of the best keepers in the country and is an extremely composed middle order batsman that offers a lot.”