Jofra Archer’s Chances of Playing 2023 ODI World Cup, and England white-ball head coach Matthew Mott said that Jofra Archer could be selected as a traveling reserve even if he can only play some matches in the marquee event. England white-ball coach Matthew Mott has admitted that the team is willing to take a risk with injury-prone Jofra Archer concerning World Cup 2023. He described Archer as a proven performer on the world stage and added that they are “planning for him to be available.”
Will Archer Play World Cup 2023?
“There is a high chance that we will take a risk on a proven performer [like Archer] that has done it on the world stage. We are planning for him to be available. Obviously, a lot of things have to go his way, and it will be a tight timeline but with players like that you are going to give them every opportunity to prove their fitness, and so we will keep an open mind,” Motts added.
Lord’s Unsung Hero:
Jofra Archer, the hero of the ODI World Cup 2019 and the highest wicket-taker from the English side, also bowled the crucial Super Over against New Zealand in the final and guided his team to claim the title for the first time. Jofra Archer’s Chances of Playing 2023 ODI World Cup After seeing the highest of highs in cricket, Archer’s career has fallen off due to multiple injuries. The 28-year-old fast bowler has been in and out of the England team in recent seasons due to his constant troubles with an elbow injury. There was some good news for the England fans recently when Sussex coach Paul Farbrace declared that Archer was ‘on course’ to be fit for the World Cup.
Comeback After Injury:
Returning to international cricket after nearly 18 months, he registered career-best ODI figures of 6/40 during the series in South Africa earlier this year. He also impressed with his pace during the subsequent tour of Bangladesh. He bowled with good pace throughout and finished the tour with nine wickets in five appearances. He then flew to India to represent Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League(IPL) earlier this year but had to be replaced after playing just five matches due to his right elbow injury.
Mark Wood’s Exceptional Performance in Archer’s Absence:
“It would be a big ask for him to play every game, so we would have to target specific ones, but we are big on ball speed for India; we feel like that’s a really important asset for us to have out there and it will be good to see Mark Wood, who had such an impact in the Ashes, do the same with the white ball.” Adding that Archer will be handled with care in the build-up to the World Cup, he stated that England are hopeful of Mark Wood also making his mark in white ball cricket. Wood had a terrific Ashes 2023, claiming 14 wickets in three matches at an average of 20.21.
England’s Provisional Squad for the CWC 2023:
Recently England’s chief selector Luke Wright has named their provisional squad for this year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, with all-rounder Ben Stokes named in a group of 15 players that does not include young batter Harry Brook and star quick Jofra Archer. That means Brook misses out on a maiden World Cup appearance, while Wright also revealed Archer would be included in England’s World Cup plans as a traveling reserve depending upon his injury. The 15-member ODI squad also consists of uncapped fast bowler Gus Atkinson who has been making heads turn in the Hundred with his raw pace.
England’s Provisional Squad for the World Cup 2023: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(C), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Gus Atkinson.
Deadline to Announce Final Squad for World Cup:
The International Cricket Council (ICC) requires teams to select a provisional World Cup squad by September 5 and to finalize their squads by September 28. This leaves room for late changes; there are chances that Archer could feature in England’s squad for World Cup 2023 and will significantly bolster England’s lineup. The final squad will consist of 15 players, along with three traveling reserves. The World Cup kicks off on October 5, 2023, with defending Champions England facing New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad in a rematch of the 2019 Final.