England Cricket Board hints Jofra Archer’s exclusion from World Cup squad

The exclusion of Jofra Archer from England’s squads for the New Zealand series and the provisional shortlist for the ODI World Cup in India has sparked discussions about the nation’s approach to player rehabilitation and strategic planning. The decision, driven by Archer’s ongoing recovery from an elbow stress fracture, underscores the cricket board’s commitment to ensuring his long-term fitness and avoiding rushed comebacks.

Luke Wright, England selector, emphasized the delicate balance between immediate team needs and the long-term health of Archer. While acknowledging Archer’s significant contributions to the 2019 World Cup victory and his prowess as an ace seamer, the board is steadfast in its duty of care towards his well-being.


“There has got to be a duty of care with Jof,” Wright said. “We know how desperate we all are to have him – there’s no doubt about that – but we’ve also got to get it right for him. He’s been very unfortunate with these injuries.. regarding the World Cup, unfortunately, we’re just running out of time.”

“He’s not going to come round quite quick enough, especially for the first part of the World Cup. There is a duty of care with him. We have to make sure that long-term, we get it right because we see him as a huge asset for a long time. As much as the temptation is to try and rush him in and get him in for the start of this World Cup, unfortunately, we’re just going to run out of time.”

Wright’s assertion that Archer will serve as a “travelling reserve” highlights the priority given to his complete rehabilitation. England’s cricketing fraternity recognizes the potential risk of rushing Archer’s return, given his history of injuries. The ace seamer’s absence has paved the way for six frontline seamers in the provisional World Cup squad, with the hope that Archer might be ready to step in later in the tournament if circumstances permit.

The decision to exclude Archer stems from a prudent approach that prioritizes long-term gains over short-term victories. The board’s commitment to ensuring Archer’s peak form and fitness is evident as they navigate the challenges posed by a tight World Cup timeline. The opportunity to reintegrate Archer into the squad later in the tournament, should his rehabilitation progress smoothly, reflects a well-considered strategy that balances immediate needs with future aspirations.

“When you look at that squad, you cannot have a bowler that might not be available for the second half and definitely not for the first half. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do it. If something miraculous happens with him, we have time to change things but I just don’t see it happening. It is just coming too soon and we can’t rush this decision on Jof this time.”