Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Archer included in England squad; Willey left out

Archer included in England squad; Willey left out

The left-arm pace bowler's place has been taken by Jofra Archer, who qualified to represent England in March, with the likes of Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Chis Woakes and Tom Curran also being preferred. "It was a very hard situation".

Both Denly and Willey were named in England's provisional squad, as was opener Alex Hales.

It is a slight concern Dawson's promotion from outside the initial 17-man squad was partly put down to concerns over Adil Rashid's fitness - the leg-spinner will have a third cortisone injection in his right shoulder on Wednesday - but at least the Hampshire left-armer is a proper spinner, unlike Denly, and only lost his place in Sri Lanka last winter through injury.

England, bidding to win the World Cup for the first time, reduced their qualification period from seven years to three, a move they insisted was exclusively to bring them into line with the rest of the world rather than advance the selection of Archer, whose father is English.

Archer said he was ready for the challenge of a World Cup despite his lack of worldwide experience.

'We hope and believe the injection Adil is having will help him play a full and terrific part in the competition, ' said Smith at Lord's on Tuesday.

"David (Willey) could easily have been in the World Cup squad, he deserved to be in".

Confidence levels are soaring so high in the England team that captain Eoin Morgan wishes the World Cup was starting tomorrow.

"I got a call from Ed Smith yesterday, maybe at about six o'clock or so", Archer told Sky Sports News.

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Dawson played the last of his three one-day internationals in October and was not involved in the just-finished 4-0 series win over Pakistan.

"I think I'm ready".

"Really exiting to be a part of a big summer for English cricket".

"Everyone has welcomed me with open arms since I got in".

However, after impressing on his global debut against Ireland and, in particular, during the one-day worldwide series against Pakistan, Archer has been drafted into the squad at the expense of David Willey. "I know how to deal with pressure".

With spectacularly bad timing for the prominence of the one-time one-day showcase county final, England will continue their World Cup build-up on the same day at the Ageas Bowl against Australia.

"They've got to see that as a real positive experience and if they get into the semis again, play smart cricket".

Their World Cup quest begins against South Africa on May 30.

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