Jofra Archer Included As England Announce 15-Member World Cup 2019 Team

Liam Dawson continued his impressive form

Liam Dawson continued his impressive form

Jofra Archer of England bowls during the One Day International cricket match against Ireland at Malahide Cricket Club, Dublin, Ireland Friday May 3, 2019.

Archer was called up after making his England debut in the recently-concluded ODI series against Pakistan.

But for all the threat posed by the likes of Gayle and Kohli, Archer was in no doubt about the most hard batsman he had bowled at - Rajasthan and England teammate Jos Buttler.

Former Northampton School for Boys pupil Willey, who has played in 46 of England's 88 ODIs since the last World Cup and was part of the team that reached the T20 World Cup Final in 2016, will now return to play for his county Yorkshire.

Barbados-born Jofra Archer, who was not part of the preliminary England squad that was announced, has been included in the 15-member team. "Whether someone should just walk in at the drop of a hat because they are available, whether that's the right thing, I don't know".

Surrey's Curran edged out the left-armer David Willey in the pace-bowling selection, while Dawson's specialist spin was chosen ahead of the all-round option of Joe Denly.

"Everyone has welcomed me with open arms since I got in".

Adil Rashid is included despite selector Ed Smith confirming the Yorkshire leg-spinner is carrying a minor shoulder injury.

Full England squad: Eoin Morgan (capt, Middlesex), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire, wk), Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Liam Plunkett (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

"It's a group of players that have been together for three or four years that have got us to number one", said Willey on Archer's proposed inclusion in March.

The 50-over World Cup will take place in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.

James Vince came in after England decided against selecting Hales following the Nottinghamshire batsman's ban for recreational drug use.

They now have two warm-up matches, against Australia in Southampton on Saturday and Afghanistan at The Oval on Monday before launching the tournament against South Africa at The Oval on May 30.