England’s Ben Stokes believes fellow all-rounder Jofra Archer has a strong chance of being included in its World Cup squad, saying the ‘naturally gifted’ player could improve any team in world cricket.
“Jofra makes any team better. He is the most naturally gifted bowler I’ve seen. I don’t think he quite realises how good he is. Some of the things he can do at the click of a finger are just ‘wow’,” Stokes told The Doosra podcast on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“It’s pretty special to watch. To have someone at the pace he bowls and the skills he has, the selectors are going to be scratching their heads. It’s a great position to be in when you’ve got a player with the skill level Jofra’s got,” he added.
Archer and Stokes are teammates at Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. In February, England coach Trevor Bayliss said a decision over Archer was the ‘final piece of the jigsaw’ in its WC plans. Host England, which is set to name its provisional squad next week, begins its WC campaign against South Africa at The Oval on May 30.