Eoin Morgan Declines Jofra Archer’s Inclusion in the 2019 World Cup Squad
England’s limited-overs skipper, Eoin Morgan has put an end to all the speculations surrounding all-rounder Jofra Archer’s inclusion in the 2019 ICC World Squad in England.
Moreover, Morgan also suggested it may prove disruptive to change the squad shortly before the tournament. Meanwhile, England will play One-off One-day International series against Scotland before taking on Austalia.
They will play a five-match ODI series against Australia. The top-ranked ODI team defeated Australia 4-1 in their own backyard earlier this year. The three lions played an aggressive brand of cricket eventually lauded by all in the contemporary cricket.
Meanwhile, they will look to continue their dominance against a struggling Australian side.
The visitors will feature without David Warner and Steven Smith due to the one-year ban in the wake of the ball-tampering saga, sanctioned by Cricket Australia.
Moreover, they also miss the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins.
The host will look to take an early lead in the fifty-over format commencing from June 13.
Decline Archer’s inclusion in the squad:
Meanwhile, there were speculations that England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) may look at cutting the qualification period from seven years to four.
That, potentially, could see him qualify to represent England early in 2019; in time for both the World Cup and the Ashes that follow it.
But while Morgan, England’s limited-overs captain, is clearly an admirer of Archer’s ability, he does not envisage him featuring in the World Cup.
“Jofra is a very impressive player. He’s a guy who, if he was England qualified, we’d have looked at after maybe the Bangladesh league at the end of last year. He’d have gone on some Lions and from there we’d have seen what happened. But are we looking to break some rules? Absolutely not. They’re the rules. I had to qualify even though my mum is English and I’ve had a British passport since I was born,” ESPNcricinfo quotes Morgan as saying.
In conclusion, Eoin Morgan put all the speculations to end stating that it will be too late for him to be in the team if everybody it fit.
“Is it too late if he did qualify at the start of next year? Yes, I think it is. Providing everybody is fit, I think it is,” Morgan concluded.