Jofra Archer making his case stronger for World Cup berth

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The new recruit in the England bowling lineup and highly rated one Jofra Archer is making his case stronger for the inclusion in the England’s World Cup squad.

Barbados-born Archer who plays for Sussex was not included in England’s preliminary squad for the ICC World Cup-2019 but has a chance to force his way into their final 15.

His not being in England squad has been topic of discussion since the England squad for World Cup was announced. However, some pointed out instead of an automatic inclusion in the team, Archer shoud make his case for the one by performing well in the pre tournament series against Pakistan and Ireland.

He showed glimpses of his ability while making ODI and Twenty20 international debuts against Ireland and Pakistan last week. On Wednesday Archer was at his best in the rain hit One Day match against Pakistan.

Jofra Archer bowled hostile opening spell against Pakistan before rain meant there was no result in first one-day international at The Oval.

Archer conceded just six runs in four overs in a wicket-taking spell after England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss.

The Sussex fast bowler’s display was a rare highlight for a patient crowd who endured several rain interruptions in a mere 19 overs’ cricket in south London before the umpires finally called this day/night fixture off. Pakistan were 80 for two, with Imam-ul-Haq 42 not out and Haris Sohail unbeaten on 14.

Archer started with a superb maiden over to Imam, generating movement off the pitch at sharp pace.

And it was not long before he had Fakhar Zaman — the century-making star of Pakistan’s 2017 Champions Trophy final win over arch-rivals India at The Oval — edging on three to Test skipper Joe Root in the slips.

New batsman Babar Azam (16) struck three stylish boundaries before he edged Liam Plunkett to wicket-keeper Jos Buttler, with Pakistan now 45 for two.

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