Jofra Archer wants to earn a place in England’s World Cup squad (Picture: Getty)Jofra Archer will be given a chance to press his claims for a place in England’s World Cup squad against Pakistan at the start of the summer, Eoin Morgan has confirmed.
Barbados-born all-rounder Archer qualified to play for England earlier this month after the ECB relaxed its residency regulations.
The 23-year-old has flourished at a number of T20 franchise tournaments around the world and wants to feature at this summer’s World Cup for hosts England.
Morgan’s side face Pakistan in May as they continue their preparations for the tournament and the captain has confirmed Archer will be given an opportunity to impress.
England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan (Picture: Getty)‘It’s not about a winning formula,’ said England limited-overs skipper Morgan.
‘That is behind us almost and we need to continue using the confidence we have earned to drive things forward and if it is about including someone that’s going to add value then we’ll do it.
‘The hype about Jofra playing around the world and doing well and attracting a lot of attention is justified as he has put in performances that warrant looking at.
‘Trevor Bayliss said after the West Indies series we will look at him against Pakistan [who England play in five ODIs in May] and that’s what we will do.
‘We don’t have to name our [World Cup] squad until the end of the Pakistan series so we’ll have a look and see how he goes.’
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England failed to progress to the knockout stages of the last World Cup four years ago but go into the 2019 edition as tournament favourites.
And Morgan says his team are ready for the weight of expectation that awaits them this summer.
‘You can’t ignore it but we’ve prepared for going into the World Cup as favourites,’ he added. ‘It’s something which sits absolutely fine with us.
‘The reason it is there is because of the success we’ve had in the past but that’s all in the past now and our focus needs to be on what’s to come and the things we need to do.’
Archer is currently playing in the Indian Premier League alongside Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler for the Rajasthan Royals.