After a lot of buzz and speculations moving around, Jofra Archer has finally nailed the spot in the England team. The 24-year-old Barbados-born speedster, who completed his qualification process to play for England on March 17, was named in the national squad for the upcoming limited-overs games against Pakistan and Ireland. However, Archer was not picked in the 15-man preliminary squad announced for the upcoming World Cup.
I didn’t expect to ever be that good enough
Jofra Archer is currently playing for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and he was absolutely thrilled to hear the news of his selection in the England team. He revealed that he never expected to be good enough to represent England until the last couple of years. But his thought process changed after playing amazingly well in the various domestic T20 tournaments.
"It feels really overwhelming. I didn't expect to ever be good enough to play for England until the last couple of years after I started doing well in T20 tournaments and it's been a whirlwind period for me. It's really good to be acknowledged for what I'm doing, but it's hard to put the feeling into words,” quoted Jofra Archer.
It is not all about the World Cup
Archer along with Chris Jordan are the two players who will be in contention to be probably named in the final squad for the World Cup based on their performances in the series against Ireland and Pakistan. However, Archer is not concerned much about the World Cup selection and reckoned that it would be a highlight of his career, playing for England in the upcoming series against Pakistan.
"It's not all about the World Cup for me right now, it's about playing against Pakistan which is what I've been selected for. It will still be the highlight of my career to play for England in the series against Pakistan,” he added.
The fast bowler noted that he will not be much frustrated if he does not get selected in the England World Cup team. "Of course, I want to play in the World Cup, but if it doesn't happen for me I'm not going to get upset. I'm just so excited to play against Pakistan and this is a position I didn't imagine I would be in at this stage," Archer concluded.