Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan called up by England but not in World Cup squad
Jofra Archer has earned his first call-up to an England squad. © BCCI

England have named Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan in their squads for limited-overs matches against Ireland and Pakistan, but not in a preliminary 15-man pool for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

This is the first England call for Barbados-born Archer, who last month became eligible to play for the country. Jordan has not played an ODI since 2016 but his T20I form for England in the West Indies earlier this year has earned him a recall.

The pair is part of England’s ODI squad to play one game versus Ireland and five against Pakistan, as well as in the squad for a one-off T20I against Ireland.

Among those in England’s preliminary World Cup squad are Kent allrounder Joe Denly, the opener Alex Hales and the allrounder Liam Plunkett, David Willey and Tom Curran. Eoin Morgan’s top-ranked ODI team and tournament favourites play the aforementioned matches with Ireland and Pakistan before the World Cup begins on May 30.

Archer, currently enjoying success in the IPL with Rajasthan Royals, will return to England on or before April 26.

The England selectors will lock in their final World Cup squad after the five ODIs against Pakistan end on May 19.

“In line with ICC regulations, we have to name a preliminary squad of 15 for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup before April 23. However, all 17 players named in the Royal London ODIs against Pakistan can stake a claim to be in the final 15-man squad, finalised at the end of that series,” said the national selector Ed Smith. “The selection panel has been impressed with Jofra Archer’s performances in domestic and franchise cricket. He is a very talented and exciting cricketer. 

“Chris Jordan, a regular in IT20 squads over the past few years, has continued to develop as a cricketer – as we saw in the IT20s in the West Indies. He fully deserves his return to the ODI squad.With regard to resting players, we are conscious of managing player workloads leading into such an important summer so that players are in the best possible condition for the World Cup. That was also a factor in the way we have selected these three squads.”

England ODI squad versus Pakistan: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

England squad versus Ireland and Pakistan: Eoin Morgan (captain), Jofra Archer, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett,
Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood 

England preliminary World Cup Squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood