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England decide against Archer for World Cup

17th April 2019, 11:33 by Nick Harris

Jofra Archer has been left out of England's preliminary 15-man World Cup squad but will give him a chance in the warm-up games.

There has been plenty of discussion about whether Archer should be in the squad or not but the selectors have decided to stick with the 15 who have propelled England to the number one spot in the one-day rankings.

Whilst Archer has missed out on the preliminary squad, it does not mean he will not be in the final squad, which does not have to be named until 23 May, as any injury to the pace bowlers would see the Sussex man get the nod.

The 24-year-old, who qualified to play for England in March of this year, will get the chance to enhance his claims of a World Cup spot in England's warm-up games having got the nod for the clashes against Ireland and Pakistan.

"The selection panel has been impressed with Jofra Archer's performances in domestic and franchise cricket," said national selector Ed Smith.

"He is a very talented and exciting cricketer."

Chris Jordan will also get the chance to show he should be considered for the World Cup after being named in the squad for the warm-up matches, the Sussex paceman having not featured for the ODI side since September 2016.

England preliminary 15-man ICC Men's Cricket World Cup squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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