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Archer faces choices over BB or England

1st December 2018, 14:00 by Neil Foster

Jofra Archer has decisions to make regarding playing in the Big Bash, with World Cup selection for England now a possibility.

The 23-year-old is regarded as one of the brightest prospects around but would not have qualified to play for the Three Lions until 2022 under the old rules.

However, a change to ECB regulations means the talented all-rounder will now be eligible to play for England from January, with the seven-year residency rule reduced to three.

However, players are required to spend 210 days a year in the UK and, with stints Down Under plus in the IPL on the horizon, the Sussex man might struggle to fulfil the criteria.

Archer, who is currently plying his trade in the T10 League in the UAE, is staying grounded despite the prospect of playing international cricket.

"I'm a bit excited, however, that doesn't guarantee I'll be selected this year or for anything upcoming as yet," he told ESPNcricinfo. "If it happens, it happens, but I don't want to think too far down the line. I've still got lots of cricket to play even before then so it makes no sense dwelling on that."

The Barbados-born ace is in line to play for the Hobart Hurricanes early next year and, after shining last year, knows it will be tough to miss out this time around.

"I'm not too sure," he added. "I haven't been to Australia as of yet. I don't know how the CEO would react. I haven't asked yet. Obviously everything just happened only two days ago, so there's still some time to do some thinking and to really see what takes priority."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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