Flintoff suggests England to pick Archer for World Cup

Barbados born all-rounder Jofra Archer has not been picked in the 15-man squad for the upcoming World Cup in England.

Jofra Archer has finally made his much-awaited debut for England against England in the shorter format of the game and then he went to make his T20 debut against Pakistan as well. However, the all-rounder is not picked for the upcoming World Cup at home.

With the teams still allowed to make any changes to the World Cup squad, former English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff suggests to pick Archer for the mega event.

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“It’s hard not to. You ask then who I would get rid of? Anyone. I think he’s brilliant. I know there’s a thing about him qualifying, but we’ve done that for a number of years. When I was a kid, we were watching Robin Smith and were waiting on Graeme Hick to play. We’ve had KP (Kevin Pietersen) so it’s not a new thing. It’s just what happens rightly or wrongly.”

“But watching the lad bowl – for someone to bowl that quick so easily, with so much control, all the tricks – slower balls, bouncers, yorkers – he’s got to be in hasn’t he? He bats as well,” he added.

Meanwhile, the former all-rounder also defended Alex Hales, who has been removed from the World Cup squad due to taking recreational drugs.

“With Alex, everyone is quick to judge him and quick to talk about it and have their opinions. I don’t know the lad’s personal position. Rather than the cricketer, we’re talking about a lad here. I think that’s got to be addressed – where he is as a person as opposed to where he is as a cricketer.”

“Once you’ve done that you can make decisions on is he going to play, when he’s going to play. But there are so many people, players and ex-players, just jumping to conclusions. I’m not going to do that because I don’t know the circumstances,” Flintoff concluded.

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