England’s Jofra Archer has said the squad are strong enough to make it into the Twenty20 World Cup even without him and Ben Stokes and hopes their opponents lose sleep over Eoin Morgan’s squad.
Archer withdrew from the World Cup in August after a recurrence of a stress fracture in his right elbow, while Stokes was not included in the squad as he extended his break from cricket to focus on his sanity.
England coach Chris Silverwood has included batter Liam Livingstone and quick pitcher Tymal Mills as replacements for the World Cup squad, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17.
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“Let’s face it, we’ve been successful for so long, leading the world rankings as a result, and have players who can dominate at any stage,” Archer wrote in his Daily Mail column on Wednesday.
“Yes, myself and Ben Stokes are not available, but I’m not worried about that in terms of the team’s performance. I know there is enough strength in depth to cover our absence.”
“I hope the opposing teams are scared when they face us in the next few weeks. I hope people lose sleep at night thinking, ‘Damn, we have a tough game tomorrow’.
England lost in the 2016 T20 World Cup final but rebounded to win the World Cup at 50 in 2019.
He faces the defending champion West Indies in this year’s T20 World Cup opener in October in Dubai.