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World Cup 2019: Jofra Archer left out of England preliminary squad, but remains in contention

Jofra Archer was not included in England’s preliminary 15-man squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 but the all-rounder still has a chance to make it to the mega tournament. Both Joe Denly and Tom Curran have been included in the squad announced by the England Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday.

Archer has been named him in squads for the warm-up games against Pakistan and Ireland. According to national selector Ed Smith, players named in the ODIs against Pakistan can stake a claim to be in the final 15-man squad for World Cup.

Barbados-born Archer, who shone for Sussex last season and in Australia’s Big Bash Twenty20 competition for Hobart Hurricanes, is eligible for national selection under new England and Wales Cricket Board residency rules. He could get a World Cup call-up if he impresses in the warm-up games as changes can be made to the squad until May 23, seven days before their tournament opener against South Africa at The Oval.

Archer is currently playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.

“The selection panel has been impressed with Jofra Archer’s performances in domestic and franchise cricket. He is a very talented and exciting cricketer,” national selector Ed Smith said.

England play Ireland in a one-dayer before a five-match ODI series and a Twenty20 against Pakistan. The team takes on Ireland in a one-off ODI on May 3 whereas the series against Pakistan begins on May 5. England will take on Australia and Afghanistan in the warm-up matches before the World Cup on May 25 and 27.