JOFRA ARCHER has five weeks and a maximum of seven matches to prove he is worth a place in England’s World Cup squad.
As expected, fast bowler Archer, 24, was not included in the provisional 15-man party for the tournament announced at Lord’s yesterday.
But he was one of two additional names for the five-match 50-over series against Pakistan next month.
He will also play in a one-off match in Ireland on May 3 and a T20 game against Pakistan two days later.
It means the Sussex speedster is effectively on trial and will be watched closely by captain Eoin Morgan, head coach Trevor Bayliss and the rest of the team management.
They will study whether Archer’s presence has an adverse effect on team spirit and whether he is fazed by international cricket.
Both Chris Woakes and Mark Wood have this week questioned whether bringing in a fresh player at the eleventh hour will undermine team dynamics of the World Cup favourites.
David Willey expressed similar sentiments at the end of England’s tour of West Indies in March.
England must name their final 15-man squad by May 22. After that, players can only be switched in the event of injury.
England Cricket World Cup squad
Provisional World Cup squad
Added for five matches v Pakistan
Chief selector Ed Smith said: “The selection panel has been impressed with Jofra Archer’s performances in domestic and franchise cricket.
"He is a very talented and exciting cricketer.”
Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow – all playing in the IPL – have been rested for the match in Ireland and T20 game against Pakistan.
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