Jofra Archer has been ruled out of England’s provisional squad for the 2023 Cricket World Cup. The fast bowler has been struggling with a recurrence of a stress fracture in his right elbow and has not played since March.
Archer was hoping to be fit in time for the World Cup, but England’s medical team has ruled him out. He will only fly to India as a travelling reserve, barring “something miraculous” in his recovery.
Archer’s absence is a major blow to England’s hopes of winning the World Cup. He is one of the world’s best fast bowlers and his ability to take wickets in the death overs is crucial to England’s success.
In his absence, England will rely on the likes of Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and David Willey to lead their attack. Wood is in excellent form and is the leading wicket-taker in the world this year.
Woakes and Willey are both experienced bowlers who will be important in the middle overs. England also have a number of young fast bowlers who could be in contention for a place in the squad. These include Ollie Robinson, Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson.
Robinson has been in excellent form for Sussex this season, while Mahmood and Parkinson have impressed with their performances for England in white-ball cricket.
Here are some of the key features of Jofra Archer’s bowling:
- Pace: Archer is one of the fastest bowlers in the world, regularly bowling at speeds of over 90 mph. This makes him a very difficult bowler to face, as batsmen have to contend with the extra pace and bounce.
- Swing: Archer is also a very effective swing bowler. He can swing the ball both ways, which makes him even more difficult to face.
- Variety: Archer is a very versatile bowler. He can bowl a variety of deliveries, including the fast yorker, the slower ball, and the off-cutter. This makes him a very difficult bowler to get away.
- Mental strength: Archer is a very mentally strong bowler. He is able to stay calm under pressure and execute his plans even when the batsmen are scoring runs.
England will need to find a way to replace Archer’s wicket-taking ability if they are to win the World Cup. They have a number of options, but it will be a tough task to find someone who can replicate Archer’s impact.
Archer’s absence is also a blow to England’s plans for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year. He is one of England’s best bowlers in T20 cricket and his absence will be felt.
England will hope that Archer can recover from his injury in time for the T20 World Cup. He is a vital part of England’s team and his absence will be a big loss.