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Giles blowing for Archer in World Cup


EZRA STUART, [email protected]

Giles blowing for Archer in World Cup

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FORMER Foundation and Barbados Under-19 fast bowler Jofra Archer could feature in England’s World Cup squad if new managing director of England’s cricket, Ashley Giles, gets his way.

Giles confirmed over the weekend that the 23-year-old Archer would certainly be vying for selection ahead of the World Cup starting May 30 in England.

But Giles pointed out he would have to discuss the issue with other members of the selection panel, particularly national selector Ed Smith, before a final decision is made.

England have to name their provisional World Cup squad by April 23, three weeks after Archer, who already has a British passport, becomes available for selection following the England Cricket Board’s (ECB) revision of its eligibility requirements.

“He is an exciting cricketer and his hat will be in the ring. It will be exciting when Jofra is available. Any guys who bowl 90 mph-plus are going to create interest and get people out of their seats. His skills are good and it is a massive One-Day year,” said Giles, of Archer, who will be eligible for selection from the end of March. (EZS)

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