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I’m Not Focussing On The World Cup Spot Says Jofra Archer

After a lot of struggles, Barbados-born speedster Jofra Archer finally got a chance to make his international debut for England in the recent one-off ODI match against Ireland at Malahide in Dublin. He ended with decent figures of 1 for 40 in his quota of eight overs to aid in his team’s splendid four-wicket win and impressed everyone with his ability to clock a fierce pace of 150kmph on consistent basis. However, Jofra is not part of the preliminary England 15-member squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup and he is also not focussing much on the dream opportunity.

Archer showed his quality when he bowled Ireland batsman, Mark Adair with a 90mph yorker to claim his first international wicket. Before this game, several England bowlers – David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood – whose places in the World Cup squad could be threatened by Archer’s inclusion were very much reluctant towards his straight international exposure.

It’s been very welcoming

During a recent conversation, Archer revealed that he received a warm welcome from his England teammates and hasn’t felt any malice at all since arrival. He noted that he knew most of the England players before coming here and thus, it was easy for him to adjust nicely. Archer reckoned that he has arrived into the England team at a great time and he is very much delighted.

“It’s been very welcoming. Sometimes the media can get things wrong and misquote people. Since I’ve been here I didn’t feel any malice at all. It’s a really welcoming bunch of lads. I knew most of the guys before coming here and it’s nice to come into a new team with some people you know. I’m here with a great team at a great time. I’m happy,” said Jofra Archer.

Archer further mentioned that the World Cup thoughts are going in his mind, but his aim is to play well and hope for the best.  He stated that the fast bowlers who have been around for a long time definitely deserve to be selected ahead of him. However, Archer also revealed that he wants do well in the upcoming games in order to put forward his case for a probable World Cup spot.

“Anyone would think about it (the World Cup) but I’ll just try to play well and hope, I guess. I’ll try not to set my heart on it. Obviously, the guys have been together a long time and they probably do deserve it so I won’t feel too bad if I’m left out. If I do well here it will probably put my case forward but I’m not focusing on the World Cup spot,” the fast bowler added.