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Jofra Archer not included in England preliminary World Cup squad

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Jofra Archer has not been included in England’s preliminary World Cup squad.

However, the highly rated youngster has earned a maiden call-up for England’s five-match ODI series against Pakistan and for the one-off ODI and T20I against Ireland and Pakistan which precede it. He and fellow Barbados-born all-rounder Chris Jordan will form part of the squads for both series.

Sam Billings and James Vince also feature as part of the squad for the Ireland ODI and Pakistan T20I, with Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler – all of whom are playing in the IPL – rested for those games, and Chris Woakes also left out.

Joe Denly has earned a call-up in place of Liam Dawson

There is no place in any squad for Liam Dawson, with Joe Denly’s part-time leg-spin preferred to his left-arm finger-spin.

Archer was offered a World Cup life-line with it confirmed that England would finalise their World Cup squad after the Pakistan series. They will name their final 15 on May 22, the day before the May 23 deadline.

Preliminary World Cup squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Joe Denly, Mark Wood, David Willey, Liam Plunkett

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

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

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