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The Spin | Jofra Archer can hit the target for England as World Cup beckons | Sport

Deadlines are not what they were, although there may be some harrumphing in the office if I don’t get this there on time. In the wider world there have been some high-profile failures to meet deadlines and life goes on. Meanwhile there is an ICC directive that requires each nation competing in the Cricket World Cup to submit its preliminary squad by 23 April. But this is another soft deadline. Every country can make changes to its squad until 23 May. I suppose the system helps those who have to write player profiles of the 150 players who will be involved in the World Cup.Ed Smith will be announcing England’s preliminary squad of 15 on Wednesday as well as the names of two other players who will be involved in the games against Ireland and Pakistan that precede the World Cup. This will be his first significant act in a summer which holds such huge expectations for English cricket.Joe Root v Stuart Broad kicks off cricket bonanza in summer to savour | Vic Marks Read more The assumption is that everyone at the England and Wales Cricket Board is willing the side to victory – that is certainly the hope of The Spin – even though it may be mildly embarrassing in the wake of a thrilling England victory, which has captivated the nation, when the ECB confirms that the 50-over format of the game at which we excel has been relegated to development status. Our potential stars of the 2023 World Cup will not be playing any domestic 50-over cricket from 2020 onwards. Someone will be required to explain this state of affairs, a task no easier than justifying the poll tax (or, if I’m allowed to mention it, a no-deal Brexit – “Not to worry; it will all work out fine in the end. Just don’t ask me how”).The anticipation is that there will be one name announced by Smith which has never appeared on an international scorecard for England, Jofra Archer. He has only just qualified to play for England since settling here from Barbados. Chris Jordan, his teammate and close friend, recommended him to Sussex and it is now possible that Archer may overtake Jordan in the pecking order.Why is he so attractive to the selectors? Because he can be extraordinary. According to the CricViz database, he was the fastest bowler in county cricket last summer by a considerable margin. He is a brilliant fielder and has the capacity to hit the ball a long way. This winter he has excelled in the Big Bash and has had his moments in the IPL. So there is much to admire in the plus column. In the minus column is the notion that his late inclusion might disrupt the harmony of a very settled side … and he has never played an international match.The predicament with Archer has a couple of interesting parallels. Back in 1991 Graeme Hick qualified for England and the universal assumption was that he would dominate in Test cricket just as he had...

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