Jofra Archer recalled to England's T20 WC squad

Wednesday 08th May 2024 06:49 EDT

Paceman Jofra Archer was recalled to England’s squad for the defence of their T20 World Cup crown after a year out of action. The 29-year-old, who has endured a string of injuries since his international breakthrough in 2019, has not played competitive cricket for a year but has recovered from a right elbow injury.

He takes his place in a 15-man provisional squad captained by Jos Buttler for the tournament that starts on June 1 in the West Indies and the United States. The same group will take on Pakistan in a four-match T20 series beginning at Headingley on May 22.

All the players who are currently featuring in the Indian Premier League will return in time for the series against Babar Azam’s men.

Another factor in England’s favour is that Archer grew up in Barbados so is knowledgable about Caribbean conditions.
Veteran seamer Chris Jordan, also born in Barbados, returns alongside uncapped spinner Tom Hartley but there is no place for Chris Woakes. Test captain Ben Stokes, who was part of the England squad who surrendered their 50-over title meekly in India last year, ruled himself out of the T20 World Cup in an effort to regain full fitness to play as an all rounder.

England begin the defence of the title they won in Australia in 2022 against Scotland in Barbados on June 4.
The squad: Jos Buttler (capt, wk), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Tom Hartley, Will Jacks, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, Mark Wood.

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