English pace bowler Liam Plunkett believes that England will be a better side if the bowling all-rounder Jofra Archer presents in the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
Barbados-born Jofra Archer recently made his international cricket debut for England. The 34-year-old English pacer Liam Plunkett praised the youngster after their rain-interrupted first ODI of five-match home ODI series against Pakistan on last Wednesday (8th May) at The Oval (London).
After the host side decided to bowl first in that match, Pakistan managed to score 80/2 (19 overs) before rain forced to end that game without any result. The 24-year-old right-arm pacer Jofra Archer started brilliantly in that match as he had the bowling figures of 4-2-6-1. In his second over, he dismissed the Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman (3 runs).
Praising Archer’s bowling effort in that match, Plunkett said, “He’s obviously a class act. He showed today, he’s rocked up and bowled really nicely with pace and smashed the right good areas, picked up a wicket in the first few overs, beating the left-hander (Imam) on the outside edge.
“It looks easy for him, he ambles in and bowls 93 mph, he makes it look effortless.”
Liam Plunkett believes that Jofra Archer’s inclusion can make a better England team for the upcoming Cricket World Cup
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has already announced the 15-member England squad for the forthcoming Cricket World Cup due to the squad-announcement deadline was 23rd April 2019. As Archer didn’t make his international cricket debut at that time yet, his non-inclusion in the World Cup squad was expected.
However, ECB selectors still can change the World Cup squad until 23rd May. Archer has played two ODIs and one T20I and has already performed well with the ball in hand. Plunkett believes that Archer’s inclusion in the World Cup squad can make them a better side.
Plunkett added, “With him in your squad, you’re going to be a better team. Whoever performs best should be in the squad. If it wasn’t Jofra, someone else would be knocking on the door… If they come in and bowl well, they deserve to be there.”
I still don’t feel at my best – Liam Plunkett
Meanwhile, Plunkett was the other wicket-taker in their latest rain-interrupted ODI against Pakistan. The right-arm pacer dismissed Babar Azam (16 runs) through the caught behind. In that game, Plunkett had the bowling figures of 4-0-27-1.
Since 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, Liam Plunkett has picked up second most ODI wickets for England. While the leg-spinner Adil Rashid is on top with 59 ODI wickets (36 matches) since the last Champions Trophy, Plunkett has bagged 33 ODI wickets in 23 games.
Though he is happy with his wicket-taking abilities, Plunkett believes that he can bowl better.
He said, “I still don’t feel at my best. I feel I can be better, but if I’m still picking wickets up I’m happy with that.”
England will participate in the upcoming 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup as the host side (England and Wales). While the tournament will run from 30th May to 14th July, England will start their journey from the opening match of the tournament (30th May) against South Africa at The Oval (London).