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Golden Archer gets his England call up

GOOD TIMES AHEAD: Jofra Archer

BARBADOS talent Jofra Archer has has been named in England's World Cup squad. Archer, 24, qualified to play for England in March and was chosen after playing only three one-day internationals.

Archer has an English father, and British passport, but initially was not eligible to play for England until the winter of 2022. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) rules stated that as he did not live in England until after his 18th birthday, he needed to complete a seven year residency period.

However, in November 2018, the ECB announced a change to its rules, reducing the eligibility period from seven years to three to bring it into line with International Cricket Council regulations.

Led by Eoin Morgan, the hosts, who have never won the World Cup, will start the tournament as favourites. They begin their campaign in the opening match against South Africa at The Oval on May 30.

The highly gifted Archer has been in the spotlight in recent seasons due to his all-round game. The cricket grapevine suggested that he was nailed on to make the 15-man squad but he was taken by surprise when he got the call.

Bridgetown-born Archer revealed: “I was driving at time. I’d put it in my head that I would have to wait for my chance.
“Now I think I’m ready. I know how to deal with pressure and crowds, it’s exciting times.

Archer is of the opinion that his recent experienced in the highly competitive Indian Premier League (IPL) will hold him in good stead.

“Playing in the IPL has given me an advantage, performing against the very best, week in week out. I know players’ strengths and weaknesses.”

Archer, who plays for Sussex in the County Championship, said that among his early heroes were West Indies legends Michael Holding and Curtley Ambrose.

“I will look to stick to the basics of my game for as long as possible,” admitted Archer whose game developed in the streets of his native Barbados.

Hosts England are currently the outstanding limited overs team in the world and Archer thinks his new team-mates can handle the upcoming scrutiny.

“There’s a bit more pressure due to being the hosts and no.1 team in the world but we are all up for it.”

The ambitious Archer has his sights set on Indian captain and icon Virat Kohli, arguably the best batsman in the world.
“He would be a prize scalp as would Chris Gayle. I want to make an impact in any games I play in, enthused Archer.

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