Archer to make England debut versus Ireland
Barbados-born Jofra Archer, 24 will spice it up for England in his debut match against Ireland in Malahide on Friday. The fast bowler received his maiden call-up last month after successfully qualifying for world No.1 ODI team England in March.
But he was not included in team’s provisional 15-man squad for ICC Cricket World Cup but now has a pretty good chance to impress the selectors before that line-up is revised before March 23.
Skipper Eoin Morgan confirmed the news during a pre-match press conference on Thursday, saying that Archer will be a clear-cut starter for the game against Ireland.
The Sussex all-rounder has been given the chance to force his way into The Three Lions’ World Cup squad by impressing in upcoming games against Ireland and Pakistan over the coming weeks.
England retained the No.1 spot in ICC ODI rankings and they will be looking forward to going into the summer’s showpiece event as No.1 ranked side because they have important assignments left in their cards.
Dawid Malan of Middlesex and Ben Foakes of Surrey will also receive their first ODI caps to feature against the Irish.
Malan had earlier featured for his country in Test and T20 cricket, while Foakes earned his maiden Test call-up in Sri Lanka over the winter.
The Surrey wicketkeeper earned a called up to the squad for the game in Dublin after Sam Billings inadvertently dislocated his shoulder while playing for Kent against Glamorgan.