England will be 'better team' with Archer, says Plunkett

back icon
safari
09 May 2019 | 05:38 AM
authorAFP

England will be 'better team' with Archer, says Plunkett

Archer continued his late bid for a World Cup berth with a hostile opening spell against Pakistan at The Oval on Wednesday

heart

Share

Liam Plunkett said England would be a “better team” if Jofra Archer made it into their World Cup squad after his fellow fast bowler again impressed on international duty.


Archer continued his late bid for a World Cup berth with a hostile opening spell against Pakistan at The Oval on Wednesday.


He took one wicket and conceded just six runs in four overs before rain meant there was no result in the first one-day international of a five-match series.


The Sussex fast bowler’s display was a rare highlight in a mere 19 overs’ cricket before a day/night fixture was finally called off at 7:11 pm (1811 GMT) local time amid concerns over player safety on a heavily wet outfield.


Pakistan were 80 for two, with Imam-ul-Haq 42 not out and Haris Sohail 14 not out.


Barbados-born Archer was not included in England’s preliminary squad for the World Cup but could force his way into their final 15 via his displays in this five-match series.


“He’s obviously a class act,” Plunkett, one of England’s established quicks, told reporters afterwards. 


“He showed today, he’s rocked up and bowled really nicely with pace and smashed the right good areas, picked up a wicket in the first few overs, beating the left-hander (Imam) on the outside edge.”


- ‘Effortless’ -


Plunkett, England’s other wicket-taker in a four-over spell of one for 27 on what is now his Surrey home ground, added: “It looks easy for him, he ambles in and bowls 93 mph, he makes it look effortless.”


Questions have been raised about the effect on team morale of catapulting Archer, only recently qualified on residency grounds, into England’s World Cup squad.


But Plunkett said: “With him in your squad, you’re going to be a better team.


“Whoever performs best should be in the squad. If it wasn’t Jofra, someone else would be knocking on the door... If they come in and bowl well, they deserve to be there.”


Archer showed glimpses of his ability while making ODI and Twenty20 international debuts against Ireland and Pakistan last week.


On Tuesday, former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff say “anyone” should be dropped to make sure Archer had a place in the World Cup squad.


Archer seized his latest chance after England captain Eoin Morgan won Wednesday’s delayed toss at The Oval.


He started with a superb maiden over to Imam, generating movement off the pitch at sharp pace.


It was not long before Archer dismissed Fakhar Zaman -- the century-making star of Pakistan’s 2017 Champions Trophy final win over India at The Oval -- for three after he edged to Test skipper Joe Root in the slips.


New batsman Babar Azam (16) struck three boundaries before he edged Plunkett to wicket-keeper Jos Buttler.


“I still don’t feel at my best,” said Plunkett. “I feel I can be better, but if I’m still picking wickets up I’m happy with that.” 


The series continues at Southampton on Saturday, with Plunkett and his team-mates looking to prove their World Cup worth to England selection chief Ed Smith.


“You don’t want the rain, you don’t want it (to) come, but all you can do when (you) get a chance again is be your own selector and perform,” said Plunkett, citing the advice he’d received from former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie, once his coach at Yorkshire but now in charge of Archer at Sussex.


“That’s what ‘Dizzy’ (Gillespie) used to say, ‘be your own selector’. If you’re picking up wickets that’s what you’ll do.”

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
England ICC World Cup 2019ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Liam Plunkett would consider playing for United States
Plunkett's wife is American and they are likely to settle in the United States, prompting him to consider changing his international allegiance if his England prospects do not improve
userAFP
03 Jun 2020
safari
OPINION
The Barbadian bloke who forced a rule-change!
On this day in 2019, Jofra Archer made his international debut and went on to have an incredible rookie year
userHardik Worah
03 May 2020
safari
NEWS
Coronavirus puts England axe into context for Plunkett
The 35-year-old Surrey quick helped England lift the World Cup last year, taking three wickets in a thrilling final against New Zealand at Lord's
userAFP
13 Apr 2020
safari
NEWS
Plunkett feels England were destined to win the World Cup
The England fast bowler returned with figures of 3 for 42 in the World Cup final against New Zealand.
userPTI
15 Jul 2019
safari
NEWS
Jofra Archer takes World Cup final in his stride
Archer has taken 19 wickets so far in this World Cup
userAFP
12 Jul 2019
safari
NEWS
Lucky charm' Plunkett eyes World Cup glory
Plunkett justified recall with a return of 3-55 in England’s 31-run win over India
userAFP
02 Jul 2019
safari
NEWS
Archer in World Cup squad as Willey and Denly miss out
Liam Dawson is recalled as well
userAFP
21 May 2019
safari
NEWS
ICC clear Liam Plunkett of ball-tampering
Plunkett himself is understood to have raised the issue with officials after becoming aware of the allegations
userAFP
13 May 2019
safari
NEWS
England new boy Archer relaxed over World Cup chances
Archer, 24, was all set to be unavailable for the World Cup until the England and Wales Cricket Board reduced its residency qualification rule from seven years to three.
userAFP
06 May 2019
safari
NEWS
Archer not picked in preliminary World Cup Squad
Archer though is named in the squad for the ODIs against Ireland and Pakistan
userCricket.com Staff
17 Apr 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved