Should Jofra Archer be in England’s squad?

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    As an English cricket supporter it’s hard to keep an eye off Jofra Archer. His bowling of over 150 kilometres per hour, pinpoint yorkers and extremely handy batting at the end gives English cricket the prospect of a Test cricket superstar in the making.

    In an era when players are content playing in cash-rich tournaments, Jofra Archer harbours ambition of playing Test cricket for England.

    Having represented the West Indies under-19s back in 2013 but disappointed and frustrated with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) back home, Archer moved to Surrey with the ambition to play for Test cricket. He made his debut for Surrey in 2016, but it was in 2017 that Jofra caught the attention of everyone with 61 wickets in the county championship at 25 and during his stint for the Hobart Hurricanes later that year, where he mesmerised everyone with his 150-kilometre-per-hour bowling.

    It’s not just the speed gun; his immaculate line and length mean he made batsmen’s life miserable – and that’s before considering his yorkers at the death and scintillating catches out of nowhere.

    The successful IPL stint for Rajasthan Royals two months ago helped his reputation. He impressed Michael Vaughan so much that the former captain called for the ECB to help him with residency and other legal things which could help him play for England. But as per the new rule of ECB, Archer would have to wait until 2022 to be eligible to play for England at international level.

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    But, according to reports, the ECB is considering changing the rules to fast-track Archer to play for England in the 2019 World Cup and Ashes following it.

    So the question is: now that Eoin Morgan and Trevor Bayliss have formed the core group of players who could play in 2019 World Cup, should Jofra Archer be in the side?

    Eoin Morgan doesn’t look keen to include him in the side, with the core group already in the place, and he’s right to hold that opinion. You don’t want to be tinkering with the players with a mega event around the corner.

    But on the other hand, with next year’s World Cup being England best chance to lift the all-important trophy, shouldn’t the national side strengthen its squad with the x-factor that Jofra brings?

    The only guy who should make that decision is the one-day skipper Eoin Morgan. He would be visualising how the squad should be, what is needed in the team and the conditions they could be facing next year. Does Jofra fit in the squad?

    With the decision being made as late as it is being made, it is best left to Morgan’s instinct to pick him in the squad or not for next year. Perhaps playing against him or with him or just watching him could change his mind – seeing how he reacts in a match situation, how he is able to turn around the match and if he has got that x-factor.

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    • June 12th 2018 @ 10:11am
      DaveJ said | June 12th 2018 @ 10:11am | ! Report

      Of course he shouldn’t be playing for England. He’s born and bred in the West Indies and a product of their cricket. If you here him talk you know he’s a Barbadian by identity. I’m pretty sure his father was born in the West Indies and happens to have a British passport. West Indies fast tracked him to team. Injuries were his problem early on, not the WI Board.

      Archer says “I want to play for England. I think the conditions over here suit me a lot more than anywhere else, so I feel I would be better suited for a longer career in England.” This is making a mockery of the whole idea of national teams. England do it all the time in rugby (Brad Shields, Ben Te’o) and cricket (Pietersen et al). In cricket it undermines the poorer nations who can’t compete financially. Well if these guys want to go and make money in county cricket Ok, but they shouldn’t be representing England on a technicality just because it suits them. England has 60 million people including Scotland, Ireland and Wales! to choose from and lots more resources. The Ashes should be Australia vs England, not Australia vs England plus any mercenaries they can drum up. The Ashes were polluted by Kevin Pietersen’s presence.

      • June 13th 2018 @ 10:17am
        Ouch said | June 13th 2018 @ 10:17am | ! Report

        “England has 60 million people including Scotland, Ireland and Wales! to choose from and lots more resources.”

        You’d think with all that money, population and resources they could find some decent home grown players. The rugby side is becoming a bit of a joke with players like T’eo, Shields, Solomana et al being parachuted in without even living in the country.

        • June 13th 2018 @ 11:47am
          JimmyB said | June 13th 2018 @ 11:47am | ! Report

          Have you guys seen the Aussie rugby team recently?
          Hope your glasshouses have got insurance.

          As it happens though I agree that Archer shouldn’t be playing for England, certainly not until he’s completed his residency requirements.

          Regarding the rugby players, what you’ll find is that most England fans aren’t happy or comfortable with the situation, although they’re all slightly different. Solomana shouldn’t be playing for England full stop, and he probably will only get a few caps anyway.
          Teo is OK to play for England as far as I’m concerned given his parentage, although again he’s not close to being in England’s best team IMO.
          Shields definitely is ok to play for England given his parentage, although it was conducted with indecent haste IMO and I’m not convinced that he’s good enough given all the fall out and I’m definitely not convinced he’s good enough to be a bloody lock, which is where Eddie seems to want to play him.

    • June 12th 2018 @ 10:22am
      George said | June 12th 2018 @ 10:22am | ! Report

      “England do it all the time in rugby (Brad Shields, Ben Te’o) and cricket (Pietersen et al).”

      Australia would never do likewise…

    • June 12th 2018 @ 12:31pm
      Pope Paul VII said | June 12th 2018 @ 12:31pm | ! Report

      Is he available for the West Indies now? Surely they would pick him? If he’s made himself unavailable for WI, then it’s England’s good fortune and yet another blow to WI cricket. Having said that, what a great win by the WI over SL.

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