Archer included in England World Cup squad

New Delhi, May 21: He had left his native West Indies with dreams of wearing the England jersey at the biggest stage of World Cricket.

With the England Cricket Board (ECB) deciding to include him in the 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup, Jofra Archer's dream is about to come true.

The right-arm pacer had done well in this year's Indian Premier league (IPL) and was on trial during the just concluded limite-overs home series against Pakistan.

His performances were enough to convince the Endland selectors to give him a ticket to the prestigious tournament to be hosted by England and Wales from May 30.

The 24-year-old from Barbados played three One-Day International (ODI) - one against Ireland, two against Pakistan - and was impressive with his ability to consistently bowl at 140 kmph and penchant for delivering consistent yorkers.

 

England have also recalled spin-bowling all-rounder Liam Dawson in place of Joe Denly for the showpiece event. He will be playing for the first time since sustaining a side strain during last October's limited overs tour of Sri Lanka.

The 29-year-old has been in fine form for his county, claiming 18 wickets and averaging 45 with the bat during Hampshire's run to the One-Day Cup final.

Top-order batsman James Vince is also included having played his part during the ODI series against Pakistan. The 28-year-old will be looking to add to his 10 caps during the tournament. He comes in place of Alex Hales, who was suspended from all squads following a failed drug test.

England will begin their World Cup campaign in the tournament opener against South Africa on May 30.

Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, James Vince, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

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