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Jofra Archer backed for place in England World Cup squad by Michael Vaughan and Darren Gough



Former England stars Michael Vaughan and Darren Gough have led the calls for the uncapped Jofra Archer to be picked in the World Cup squad.

The Barbadian-born bowler, who has recently qualified for England due to his English father and a recent ECB law change, has showed scintillating form in recent years leading the way on the Twenty20 scene in the IPL and Big Bash.

The 24-year-old Sussex star has played only 14 one-day matches in his career, but despite this many are calling for him to be named in today’s provisional 15-man England squad.

England coach Trevor Bayliss said Archer will feature in the one-day internationals against Ireland and Pakistan in May, so there is still a way he could play his way into the World Cup squad.

Vaughan has backed the 90mph bowler for a call-up saying: “If he fits into the culture of what Eoin Morgan’s trying to produce, if he fits in with the team, then he goes straight into the XI – in my view.

“I do think England have got strength in depth and to win a World Cup you will probably will need to use the majority of your squad, 13 or 14 of them. When you think about the addition, potentially, of Jofra Archer, that depth has gets a little bit better,” Vaughan adds.

“I have no question that he’s got the ability for international cricket- that’s been evident for years.

“I don’t know what he’s like as a character and that’s very important as you need to bring in the right style of character into the group. There’s no point lobbing someone in because he’s got a bit of game and then upsetting the apple cart, because he’s not been around for the last three years when England have had a bit of success.

“As long as he has that, then you throw him straight into the eleven.”

Gough also has been a big admirer of Archer and speaking on talkSPORT on Tuesday afternoon said he fully deserves a place as the team would simply be better with him in it.

Former Horsham and Middleton paceman Archer was snapped up by Rajasthan Royals in the IPL auction on Saturday for $1.1million (£800,000) – 17 times his reserve price.

It boosted his meteoric rise up the cricketing ranks since plying his trade in the Sussex Cricket League for the Lions in 2016.

Archer pressed his case for an England call yesterday as he again starred with the ball for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

His 3-15 from four overs included the wicket of the big-hitting Chris Gayle, but it was not enough to prevent the Royals sliding to a 12-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab at Chandigarh.

While many have backed Archer for a call-up – current England player Chris Woakes -possibly under threat if the uncapped player comes – in has question the matter saying that it would be ‘extremely unfortunate’ for someone to miss out.

Speaking to the BBC Woakes said: “If he (Archer) was to come in and someone was to miss out, it would be extremely unfortunate.”

Asked if it was fair that Archer could replace someone who has been part of the squad, Woakes replied: “Fair probably is not the right word. It probably wouldn’t be fair, morally, but at the same time it’s the nature of international sport.”

Woakes later tweeted: “Not sure that’s the exact context in which it was delivered” after the BBC had posted their story with the headline that picking Archer was “not morally fair”.

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Jofra Archer left out of England's World Cup squad, but has chance to shine in warm-up games



Sussex pace bowler Jofra Archer has been left out of England’s preliminary 15-man World Cup squad, but has been named in the squads for warm-up games against Pakistan and Ireland, writes Matt Blogg.

The uncapped bowler, born in Barbados, became eligible for England selection after changes to residency rules in March and has been called up to the ODI squad to face Pakistan and the IT20 squad to play in Pakistan and Ireland.

However, he has missed out on the preliminary World Cup squad with the likes of Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and David Willey preferred.

Archer does still have a chance to make the final World Cup squad should he impress in the warm-up games he has been selected for however, as squad changes can be made until May 23rd.

England’s National Selector Ed Smith said of the Sussex star: “The selection panel have been very impressed with Jofra Archer’s performances in domestic and franchise cricket. He is a very talented and exciting cricketer.”

Archer, who previously played for both Horsham and Middleton, has most recently been playing in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals alongside England internationals Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, and had been backed to make the 15-man World Cup squad by former England players Michael Vaghan and Darren Gough.

Despite his inexperience in one-day matches, Archer missing out will come as a surprise to many as he has been making a huge impact with his 90mph bowling for Sussex, Big Bash side Hobart Hurricanes and Rajasthan Royals.

The pace bowler will now have to impress in the opportunities he gets in warm-up games if he wants to force his way into the squad for the World Cup this Summer.

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Reigning champions Roffey announce overseas star for 2019 campaign



Reigning Sussex Cricket League champions Roffey have announced that Australian Ben Manenti will be returning as their overseas for the 2019 campaign.

The all-rounder was a big part of Roffey’s incredible season in 2018 and went on to make his Big Bash League debut for the Sydney Sixers at the end of the year.

He returns to the Boars for his fourth season as an overseas player as the club look for a fifth Premier Division title in six years.

Club captain Matt Davies said: “It’s great to have Ben coming back for another season. He’s a quality player and is loved around the club, we are all very excited about his return.”

Manenti scored 449 runs in 15 innings last season with a high score of 113 and average of 29.93. With the ball, he took 28 wickets at an average of 17.86, his best figures were 8-39.

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Horsham's new overseas bowler 'will give everyone a lift inside the club'



Horsham cricket manager Ed Clark felt the acquisition of New Zealand pace bowler Jamie Brown will ‘give everyone a lift inside the club’.

The 25-year-old made his first-class debut for Auckland in 2018 and good performances have seen him sign a central contract with the club for the 2018/19 season.

Jamie Brown. Picture courtesy of Auckland Cricket

Jamie Brown. Picture courtesy of Auckland Cricket

Brown was also recently named in the Auckland Aces’ squad for the 2018 Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy. In his only appearance at the tournament he ended with bowling figures of 1-46.

Despite only recently making his bow in first class cricket, the pace-man appeared in a 50-over game for a New Zealand XI that took on a touring Bangladesh in February, finishing with figures of 1-57.

Clark is hoping that Brown can replicate the performances of previous New Zealand-born bowlers, after being recommended by a former overseas star, as the Lions look to improve on their fifth-placed finish in the 2018 Sussex Cricket Premier Division.

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He said: “A first class signing like Jamie gives everyone a lift inside the club and we are looking forward to welcoming him to the Lions.

“He has come highly recommended by previous overseas player Michael Bates who worked with him in the Auckland setup last season where he made both his first class and list A debuts.

“Our previous New Zealand overseas bowlers, Bates, Richard Sherlock and Matt Henry, have all been great blokes and very decent bowlers and we are very confident Jamie will continue this rich tradition.

“We hope that will bring a lot of energy, pace and experience to our young bowling attack.

“A good overseas isn’t just defined by what happens on a Saturday but also there presence and impact on the club as a whole and from what we know of Jamie it sounds like he will make a big impact both on and off the field.”

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