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Bayliss hints at Archer for England World Cup squad

26th February 2019, 11:20 by Neil Foster

England coach Trevor Bayliss has hinted that Jofra Archer may well be the name added to his World Cup squad.

Changes to the qualification criteria mean 23-year-old Archer will be eligible to play for the Three Lions in this summer's showpiece event.

An initial seven-year residential period was cut to three by the ECB and it seems likely the Sussex man will get the nod to join Eoin Morgan’s side for the English tournament.

England's 50-over team is currently ranked number one in the world, with a side packed full of attacking batsmen and players who can contribute with both bat and ball.

Archer falls into that category but offers something different as he bowls with express pace and can also smash the ball to all parts.

With a game honed on Twenty20 cricket played around the world, the Barbados-born ace looks primed to slot into the England set-up, with Liam Plunkett's place the most vulnerable.

Bayliss admits a settled side has produced the goods in recent times but acknowledged a player of Archer’s undoubted ability cannot be ignored.

"We’ve pretty much had the same 15, 16 or 17 players over the last three or four years," the Australian coach told Sky Sports.

"We could probably name a 15, there’s a Jofra Archer decision to be made at a later date. I think it’s getting down to that being the final piece of the jigsaw."

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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