England announce squad for Pakistan series, Archer gets maiden call-up
Barbados born all-rounder Jofra Archer has finally earned the much awaited call-up for the upcoming Pakistan series before the World Cup.
England Cricket Board (ECB) have announced their 15-man World Cup squad, 17-man squad for the upcoming Pakistan series and 14-man squad for the T20I series as well on Wednesday.
It’s what most will have expected, though Jofra Archer and Chris Wood will both have a chance to force their way into the final squad with auditions against Pakistan. They both make the 17 for the five-match series. And the board are allowed to make any changes in the World Cup squad without the permission of the International Cricket Council till May 22.
The squad for the Pakistan series remains the same with the World Cup squad except for the inclusion of Archer and Wood. However, Wood has not been picked for the T20Is while Archer has earned a maiden call-up in the shortest format as well.
The five-match ODI series against Pakistan can be a life turning point for the Barbados born all-rounder Archer as if he manages to pull off some miraculous performance, he can still dream in to be in the World Cup squad.
Squad for Pakistan ODIs: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Chris Wood.
Squad for Pakistan and Ireland T20Is: 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.