Wood afraid Archer will unbalance World Cup squad – like Asprilla at Newcastle

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MARK WOOD has questioned if Jofra Archer will upset England’s “dynamic”.

And he has likened the situation to Kevin Keegan signing Tino Asprilla during Newcastle’s 1996 title chase.

Jofra Archer is more of an outside bet to make the England World Cup squad
Jofra Archer is more of an outside bet to make the England World Cup squad
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The provisional 15-man World Cup squad is announced at Lord’s tomorrow.

And England chiefs are torn about adding uncapped Barbados-born bowler Archer.

They could wait to see him in action in next month’s one-dayers against Ireland and Pakistan, then draft him in a week before the tournament starts on May 30.

Durham fast bowler Wood fears his own place could be under threat by fellow quick Archer, 24.

But Wood wonders if England should change Eoin Morgan’s squad given it has got to the top of the rankings.

Wood said: “There is no doubt that Jofra is a world-class player.

“He plays in the hardest tournaments, the IPL and the Big Bash, and excels. He would be a great asset but would that affect the dynamic of the team?

But if he comes in, someone has to go. And as a fast bowler, my spot is the one that will be under threat


Mark Wood

“Morgy has got the squad so together and tight for four years. Do you change a winning team that is No 1?

“I was speaking about this with the lads at Durham.

“And it was the old Kevin Keegan thing — bringing in Tino Asprilla because you want to keep the team at the top.

“But then does that change the dynamic? And you lose the momentum and drop down. But if he comes in, someone has to go. And as a fast bowler, my spot is the one that will be under threat.”

The 15-man squad England names tomorrow is just for marketing purposes.

They will then pick a 17-man party for a one-off 50-over game in Ireland and five matches with Pakistan.

That will include Archer, who qualified for England last month and is playing in the same IPL team as Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler.

WOOD WORRIED

And Wood would rather the Sussex star be brought in if he impresses in those games, rather than be selected straight away.

He said: “You add Jofra in later, rather than adding Jofra into the original squad.

“If you look at Jofra in the Pakistan stuff and he doesn’t do as well as you think, then you add someone back in you have left out, it will be hard for people to turn it around.”

Wood’s own place should be secure having been England’s leading wicket-taker across all formats on the recent Caribbean tour.

But he added: “I might not be in the squad. If it was picked straight after the West Indies, I’d think I’ve got a great chance. Things can change so quickly.”


Wood also reckons England are not scared by Australia’s resurgence, having won eight straight one-dayers.

He insisted: “We beat them 4-1 away at the start of last year and we beat them 5-0 at home last summer.

“So Australia are still going to be worried about England.”

Newcastle brought in Tino Asprilla, and although he brought obvious talent, it seemed to affect the balance
Newcastle brought in Tino Asprilla, and although he brought obvious talent, it seemed to affect the balance
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