England’s Trevor Bayliss offers Jofra Archer chance to stake World Cup claim

first_img Show Oshane Thomas skittles England as West Indies square ODI series Trevor Bayliss has confirmed Jofra Archer will get a chance to state his case for a place in England’s World Cup squad at the start of the summer.The England coach was speaking following a seven-wicket defeat that he described as “embarrassing” after the world’s top one-day side were dismissed for 113 in the series finale against West Indies in St Lucia on Saturday. Archer will not be included in England’s initial 15-man World Cup squad to be named in April. But with teams allowed to make unlimited changes before the final deadline of 22 May, he will have six matches in which to state his case for inclusion.“It is 23 April when we’ve got to name the squad but we’ve got another month or so when we can change the team,” Bayliss said.The case for Archer’s inclusion is compelling even if he has played only 14 List A matches. He made his real breakthrough in Twenty20 cricket playing for Hobart Hurricanes in the 2018 Big Bash League in Australia but he has impressed for Sussex, too, in the T20 Blast, guiding the county to finals day last summer in a campaign during which he took a hat-trick against Middlesex that included the wicket of England’s one-day captain, Eoin Morgan. Hide Share on Twitter Pinterest It is a result that casts a shadow over England’s preparations for the World Cup, a tournament for which they were meant to be favourites before this 2-2 series draw in the Caribbean.Although it was the batsmen who struggled this time, a bowling attack that were routinely taken to the cleaners by Chris Gayle and company throughout the series could do with the injection of Archer’s 90mph pace.The 23-year-old, who was born in Barbados but holds a British passport, has benefited from the recent reduction of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s residency qualification period from seven years to three. It means he will be available to play for England on 17 March having spent the required 210 days in the UK over the past 12 months.Now after months of speculation, Bayliss has said the Sussex all‑rounder is likely to get his chance in the one-off ODI against Ireland in Dublin on 3 May and the five-match series against Pakistan that follows.“Jofra Archer’s name keeps cropping up and I think at some stage we will give him an opportunity,” he said. “Those matches against Pakistan and Ireland, I think he will get an opportunity to show us what he can do. I haven’t spoken to him. But he’s said publicly he’s keen.” Thank you for your feedback. Share on Facebook Facebook Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Share on Messenger Trevor Bayliss Cricket Read more Share via Email news … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Thank you.center_img Support The Guardian Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels England cricket team Twitter Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe England in West Indies 2019 Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Whether or not bringing Archer into the World Cup equation so close to the tournament is wise remains to be seen given his presence could destabilise a closely knit squad who have risen to No1 in the world together over the past four years. “I wouldn’t say it is necessarily a concern but it is something we’ve got to think about,” Bayliss said. “Firstly is he good enough to be in the team and secondly will that upset the apple cart?”Tom Curran, David Willey and Joe Denly are the players who are most at risk of losing their places in the World Cup squad if Archer’s audition is a success. Asked whether the players who might be affected are aware of the situation, Bayliss said: “I don’t know, you’d have to ask them. There is plenty of speculation all the time in the papers and I’m sure they read that. They are on their Twitter and stuff so they see it.”As for the defeat on Saturday, in which England were skittled out for a record low total against West Indies in a match that lasted only40.2 overs in total, Bayliss believes it may provide a timely reality check.“For us to lose in such a fashion – I think they were embarrassed,” the head coach said. “In a macabre sort of way it might be exactly what we needed. Like a wakeup call.“Just because we’re one of the favourites for the World Cup doesn’t mean we can turn up and go through the motions and win. There are a number of teams that can win this World Cup and we’ve got to be right on our game to have a chance.” Since you’re here… Cricket World Cup 2019 England’s coach Trevor Bayliss said of the seven-wicket defeat by West Indies: ‘In a macabre sort of way it might be exactly what we needed. Like a wakeup call.’ Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images West Indies cricket team Topics Was this helpful? Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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