'Archer shouldn't just walk into England squad' - insists pace bowler Willey

By Sports Desk March 08, 2019
Barbadian born England bowler Jofra Archer. Barbadian born England bowler Jofra Archer.

England fast bowler David Willey has expressed concerns regarding the potential selection of Barbadian-born fast bowler Jofra Archer for the upcoming World Cup.

The 23-year-old Archer was the recent beneficiary of a shift in regulations by residency qualification period, which moved from seven years to three.  Archer will be eligible to play for his adopted country from March 17.  If reports are to be believed the player will be called for ODIs against Ireland and Pakistan that precede the final deadline for the World Cup squad.

The 29-year-old Willey, however, one of those who could face competition with Archer to be part of the final squad, does not seem to believe the player has necessarily proven his value in the 50-over game.

Archer has a List A bowling average of 30.71 and concedes, on average, 5.29 runs per over; Willey averages 31.64 and has an economy rate of 5.65.  Willey has played 42 ODIs and 121 List A matches while Archer has played 14 List A games.

"It's an interesting dilemma for the captain, coaches and selectors," Willey said. "It's a group of players that have been together for three or four years now that have got us to No.1.

"And there's a reason for that. Whether someone should just walk in at the drop of a hat because they're available, whether that's the right thing, I don't know."

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