Jofra Archer’s England ambitions DASHED despite ECB igniting World Cup hope

FAST bowler Jofra Archer’s hopes of making his debut for England in West Indies early next year have been shattered.
Barbados-born Archer, 23, originally thought he was available for England from January 1 after the ECB today tweaked the qualification rules.

 Jofra Archer has another anxious wait before he can make his England debut

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Jofra Archer has another anxious wait before he can make his England debut

He even tweeted: “It may or may not happen but I would love to debut in front of my family.” His parents live in the Caribbean.
But his county Sussex later clarified that he will not be available until “some point in March” – effectively ruling him out of the Windies tour, which ends on March 10.
Archer must be resident in the UK for a minimum of 210 days in a year running from April to March.
It is Sussex’s job to keep count and, because Archer plays in events such as the current T10 in the UAE and the Big Bash in Australia, he will reach that threshold later than he thought.

 Archers most eye-catching display's have come for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash

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Archers most eye-catching display's have come for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash

If he had been available, England would almost certainly have included Archer in the squad for their white-ball matches in the Windies in February and March.
His absence reduces his chances of forcing his way into England’s squad for next summer’s World Cup.
Archer, born in Barbados to an English father and Bajan mother, holds a British passport and has become a star of T20 tournaments around the world – including a £800,000 gig with Rajasthan Royals in the IPL earlier this year.

He helped Hobart Hurricanes to the final of this year’s Big Bash in Australia.

 As well as being a fine death-bowler, Archer is also effective in the field

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As well as being a fine death-bowler, Archer is also effective in the field

He bowls fast, fields athletically and can hit a long ball down the order.
The previous seven-year qualification period meant Archer, who arrived in the UK in 2015, was not eligible for England until 2022.
The new regulations state British citizens qualify after three years as long as they have not played as a local player in overseas competitions and fulfill the 210-day rule.

Morgan said earlier this year that it is too late for players from outside to break into the World Cup squad but Archer could still be a contender if England decide to choose him in the five-match 50-over series against Pakistan that precedes the World Cup.

 The 23-year-old has already played 28 first-class games for Sussex

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The 23-year-old has already played 28 first-class games for Sussex

His selection would once more open the debate about ‘Plastic Poms’ but he insists he decided to qualify for England when West Indies overlooked him for the under-19 World Cup four years ago.

Playing for England is more lucrative than representing the Windies.
He would be following a similar path to Sussex team-mate Chris Jordan, whose grandparents were British.

The ECB have also signed-off the playing conditions for the new 100-ball event which starts in 2020.

 Captain Eoin Morgan says England's 50-over squad is a closed shot ahead of the World Cup

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Captain Eoin Morgan says England's 50-over squad is a closed shot ahead of the World Cup

Eight newly-created teams will play at the height of summer.

Ten balls will be bowled from each end with a bowler permitted to bowl either five or 10 deliveries in succession with a maximum of 20 per innings.

Team names and details of the draft auction will be unveiled next year.

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FAST bowler Jofra Archer’s hopes of making his debut for England in West Indies early next year have been shattered.
Barbados-born Archer, 23, originally thought he was available for England from January 1 after the ECB today tweaked the qualification rules.