Chris Tremlett: England must find room in their squad for Jofra Archer
The problem for England in one-day cricket used to be who to pick – now its who to leave out and I think that just shows what a strong position they are in.
The exclusion of Jofra Archer from the preliminary 15-man squad for this summers World Cup, but inclusion for the upcoming Pakistan one-day internationals leaves the door open for him.
Over the past four years England have shown they know what theyre doing and I fully expect Archer to prove his class and force his way into the final squad over the next month.
Even if he doesnt set the world alight initially, his pace, variety and speciality of death bowling means he is deserving of a place. Hes played all around the world in Twenty20 leagues so the step up shouldnt faze him.
Selecting Archer will mean disappointing someone who has helped England reach world No1, but thats sport. Its not unfair, as has been suggested by some: competition for places is healthy and Archers presence should push others to perform.
I dont feel his introduction would be disruptive and any way to improve the chances of winning a home World Cup should be taken.
Injuries could help make the decision for selector Ed Smith, but if none occur the next month will be crucial in shaping the final outcome.
Form and rhythm is important for bowlers, so the likes of Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood will be eager to hit their straps and pick up some wickets for their counties in the One-Day Cup.
Tom Curran needs some good performances for Surrey to seal his place (Source: Getty)
England could decide they dont need more than one reserve batsman, meaning Joe Denly could be the unlucky one, but I think Curran is the most at risk right now.
Having played just 13 ODIs he isnt established in the line-up, while the fact he bowls around 82mph doesnt help when it comes to competing with the pacey Archer.
Plunkett, meanwhile, has a clear role in the England side which hes performed well, but hell still be feeling a touch more pressure. Now at Surrey, hell want to cement his spot.
Although Englands success in white-ball cricket over the past few years has been built on consistent selection, having options is never a bad thing.
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