ODI World Cup 2023: England coach Matthew Mott hints at taking a 'risk' with Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer, an England fast bowler, has been out of the team for the last two years because of a long-term elbow problem. When he played for his country against South Africa and Bangladesh earlier this year, it was only for a short time.
This year, Jofra Archer's best ODI numbers were 6/40, which he got against South Africa. He did okay in the next game, which was against Bangladesh. Archer was kicked out of IPL 2023 because he only played five games for Mumbai Indians and only took two catches in those games.
When asked about Archer's chances of playing in the World Cup, England coach Matthew Mott said they would take a chance on getting an experienced performer like him ready for the World Cup. The speedster is no longer on the national team and also didn't play in the Ashes 2023.
We Will Take A Risk On Jofra Archer: Matthew Mott
"It's likely that we'll take a chance on a performer who has done well on the world stage. We expect that he will be ready.
Obviously, a lot of things have to go his way, and it will be a tight schedule, but Mott told Mail Sport, "With players like that, you give them every chance to prove their fitness, so we will keep an open mind."
Mott also said that, in addition to getting Archer ready for the World Cup, they want Mark Wood on the World Cup team because they won't give up speed. Wood took 14 wickets in the three Tests he played in during the last Ashes series.
"It would be a big ask for him [Archer] to play every game, so we would have to target specific ones," Mott said.
"But we are big on ball speed for India, we feel that's a really important asset for us to have out there, and it will be good to see Mark Wood, who had such an impact in the Ashes, do the same with the white ball."
On October 5, 2019, in Ahmedabad, England will play New Zealand in a repeat of the World Cup 2019 final.