Cricket World Cup 2019: Jofra Archer left out of England's provisional squad

Archer, who plays for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, has been included in the 17-member squad for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan.

Sussex man Jofra Archer was not named in England's provisional 15-member World Cup squad.   -  Getty Images

England announced its provisional 15-member squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup on Wednesday.

Barbados-born all-rounder Jofra Archer, who is now eligible to play for England, failed to make the cut. Archer returned figures of 3 for 15 against the Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday, but England seamers Mark Wood and Chris Woakes, both of whom were picked in the squad, had argued against bringing a fresh face in what could have a destabilising impact upon Morgan's in-form squad.

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Archer, however, has been included in the 17-member squad for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan, and could raise his stakes for a place in the final World Cup squad depending on his performance.

"In line with ICC regulations, we have to name a preliminary squad of 15 for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup before April 23. However, all 17 players named in the Royal London ODIs against Pakistan can stake a claim to be in the final 15-man squad, finalised at the end of that series," said Ed Smith, the national selector.

Sam Curran's elder brother Tom, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, and Liam Plunkett comprise the four-pronged pace attack while leg-spinner Adil Rashid and off-spinner Moeen Ali will spearhead the spin department.

Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root along with skipper Eoin Morgan will be the batting linchpins in a tournament where the host side has been touted as the favourites.

 

ENGLAND WORLD CUP SQUAD

Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Curran, Jos Buttler, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jason Roy.

Squad for Pakistan ODIs: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood,

Squad for Ireland ODI and Pakistan T20I: Eoin Morgan (c), Jofra Archer, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood