• Archer selection on Morgan’s lips too

    Captain Eoin Morgan may be able to rely on managing director Ashley Giles’ positive appraisal of West Indian Jofra Archer’s inclusion in England’s squad for the World Cup later this year.

    The Barbados-born Archer possesses a British passport – and will soon qualify to play for England.

    ‘He is an exciting cricketer and his hat will be in the ring. It will be exciting when Jofra is available. Any guy who bowls 90 miles per hour is going to create interest and get people out of their seats. His skills are good and he’s a massive one-dayer. He will be available from the end of March,’ said Giles earlier this month.

    The 23-year-old Archer has only played 14 List A matches, but has impressed for Sussex, Hobart Hurricanes in Australia’s Big Bash League and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

    ‘Jofra’s quite close to qualifying. I’ve played against him a lot, he’s in demand around the world and I think that’s justified because of the talent that he is, and his performances not only at Sussex, the IPL, Big Bash, he’s done some brilliant things. So again, we are open-minded to things. We’ll make a decision once he’s actually available,’ added Morgan this week.

    The 32-year-old Joe Denly, meanwhile, is in contention for his first ODI in almost 10 years. The leg-spinning all-rounder has not played the intermediate format of the international game since October 2009, but is vying for selection for next month’s limited-overs fixtures against the West Indies.

    ‘I think that’s brilliant, because a lot of county cricketers, when they come out of a cycle of being dropped from the England team, say under the age of 26, never get another look-in,’ added Morgan.

    ‘Whereas other countries bring in players, 34, 35, 36, use their vast experience, realise they’ve learned from past mistakes and actually value that. So I think Joe being rewarded for countless performances in a Kent shirt is great. If he comes in, I’ve no doubt he’ll do well.’

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