Joe Root has praised the performances of Jofra Archer since he came into the England side and believes the fast bowler can help to bring the best out of the rest of the squad.
England’s first ODI against Pakistan was eventually rained off but in the 19 overs that were possible, Archer impressed with figures of 1-6 from four overs and bowling as quickly as 93mph.
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Barbados-born Archer was not included in England’s preliminary World Cup squad, but his displays so far have certainly boosted his chances of making the final cut, and Root believes the competition for places will only benefit the team.
“[Archer] bowled brilliantly, I thought he exploited the conditions magnificently,” Root told Sky Sports.
“He got the ball seaming around, bowled at a high pace and hopefully we’ll see plenty more of that throughout this series and beyond.
“It’s very good to see someone come in and take to that stage as well as he has and hopefully he can kick on from that.
“These are great opportunities for him and it’s obviously a fine start to that, as it is for everyone else.
“One thing that you want is that competition for places, you want guys to keep pushing you to make sure that you’re working extremely hard and getting the best out of yourself and getting the best out of each other.
“If we continue to do that for these next six games (before the start of the World Cup) then we’ll be in a really good place going into the tournament.”
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Root admitted that it was frustrating not to get a full game in against Pakistan at The Oval but thinks dealing with such irritations will be crucial during the World Cup campaign.
“It was obviously disappointing but for the 20 overs that we were out there I thought we played some good cricket,” he said.
“I thought Jofra, in particular, bowled very well but we’ve still got six games to go before that first World Cup game so there’s plenty of cricket to be played. We need to make sure we don’t get too disappointed or downhearted and there are going to be chances to impress.
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