England pacer, Jofra Archer, whose career has been marred by injuries, is back in the practise grounds and has been added to the England’s roster as a reserve bowler for the ODI World Cup in India. Archer, who last competed in a Test match for England in February 2021, has been rehabilitating after suffering from a number of back and elbow issues that further confirmed a surgery and prolonged rehabilitation.
It is to be noted that Archer was not included in England's preliminary 15-man World Cup roster, but national selector Luke Wright had confirmed that he will travel as a reserve. "The best thing for Jofra is to travel with the team and keep working with his rehab and being around the physios and the team. We are doing all we can to get him ready to be as good as he can be,” he had said earlier.
"If there was an injury, he might be able to replace at the back end of the tournament, but obviously we are still working on his fitness day-by-day and we'll have to keep accessing that," Luke Wright stated. All of it was confirmed as the England Cricket Board (ECB) named Archer to travel with the side for the marquee tournament.
England will start off their World Cup campaign against New Zealand on October 5 in Ahmedabad. Before that, the Three Lions will play against the hosts in their first warm-up game on September 30 in Guwahati. To reduce traveling, England will play their next warm-up game against Bangladesh at the same venue.
ECB announced their final squad for the World Cup on Sunday, 17th September which had a few changes from the provisional squad. Jason Roy, who was preferred in the preliminary squad, missed all four ODI games against New Zealand due to back spasm. However, Harry Brook replaced Roy in the ODI series and thus was named in the 15-member side for the ODI World Cup.
England 15-member squad:
Jos Buttler(c), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes