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No Guarantee Of Archer Place – Morgan

No Guarantee Of Archer Place – Morgan

One-day captain Eoin Morgan is a big fan of rising star Jofra Archer but insists he will not be an automatic pick for England.

Archer is able to play for the Three Lions later this year after the ECB reduced the residency period players need to fulfil before becoming eligible for England from seven to three years.

The 23-year-old was born in Barbados and, under the old laws, was not allowed to represent England until 2022 even though he holds a British passport.

Morgan was born in Ireland and began his international career playing for the land of his birth but, after a period of residency, switched to England.

“I don’t think anyone has the right to say they would make it into any team around the world,” he told PA Sport. “I went through the qualifying period and I played with a lot of cricketers in the past who did as well.”

Morgan will skipper England in the 50-over World Cup this summer and there have already been calls for Jofra to be part of the squad.

It remains to be seen if that happens but the Middlesex batsman has been impressed with what he has seen. “I think Jofra has demanded a lot of attention around the world,” he added.

“He has not only been putting in great performances for Sussex but at the IPL and the Big Bash. He is one of the most sought-after overseas players and I think his talent demands that.

“He really is a fantastically talented cricketer and part of our progression as an England cricket team is constantly looking for ways to improve ourselves.

“As soon as Jofra qualifies the decision will be made if he can add value or not.”

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