England’s fast bowler Jofra Archer made an appearance during the team’s practice session at The Oval, raising the possibility of his inclusion in the upcoming Cricket World Cup 2023 in India, as reported by Skysports.
Archer has been grappling with injury setbacks ever since bowling the crucial super over that secured England’s thrilling victory against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s. His persistent right elbow issues led to a stress fracture, forcing him to miss the entire summer season.
As a consequence of his injury woes, Archer was notably absent from England’s initial 15-man squad for the World Cup, instead being designated as a “travelling reserve” who would join the team in India solely as an injury replacement if needed. England’s deadline for selecting their final squad for the competition is set for September 28, adding intrigue to Archer’s participation in recent practices.
The Tuesday practice session witnessed Archer rejoining the England squad at The Oval, located in south London, as they prepared for the third one-day international showdown against New Zealand scheduled for Wednesday.
England’s initial World Cup squad has already sparked discussions, notably with the omission of promising young batter Harry Brook and the star quick, Jofra Archer. All-rounder Ben Stokes, however, has found his place in the 15-player roster.
England’s campaign in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is slated to commence on October 5, with a highly anticipated clash against New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. This match is expected to rekindle memories of the unforgettable 2019 World Cup final, setting the stage for what promises to be another thrilling encounter between the two cricketing giants.
England’s provisional squad for the World Cup: Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes.