Jofra Archer said that he is ‘overwhelmed” as he has been selected for 5 match ODI series against Pakistan before World Cup. Archer was not selected for the first draft of England squad for World Cup but is pretty pleased that he has gotten his maiden ODI call-up.
“It feels really overwhelming. I didn’t expect to ever be good enough to play for England until the last couple of years after I started doing well in T20 tournaments and it’s been a whirlwind period for me,” Jofra said. “It’s really good to be acknowledged for what I’m doing, but it’s hard to put the feeling into words.”
“I’ve worked pretty much all my life for this moment and I just want to tackle it and put my best foot forward. It should be a good series. Hopefully, I get a chance to play and do myself justice.”
The 24-year-old fast bowler is currently playing in IPL for Rajasthan Royals and has been the key bowler for them.
“I’m not in the World Cup squad but it’s a great chance for me to show what I can do and anything can happen. If someone gets injured, I want to put myself in a position where I’m the first person they turn to.”
“It’s been an exciting three months but I’m surprised by how fast everything has happened,” Archer said. “I was fully prepared in my mind that it was going to be a seven-year job. When I found out I was qualified more quickly it was obviously a bit of a shock but also exciting.”
“But the goal has never changed, which has always been to become the best cricketer I can and hopefully play for England whenever I was eligible.”
“It’s always been about playing for England for me and I always made that very clear. I was prepared to wait but thankfully the chance has come sooner.”
“It’s already above and beyond my expectations and I’m just looking forward to meeting the team and playing cricket for England.
“It’s not all about the World Cup for me right now, it’s about playing against Pakistan which is what I’ve been selected for. It will still be the highlight of my career to play for England in the series against Pakistan.
“Of course I want to play in the World Cup, but if it doesn’t happen for me I’m not going to get upset. I’m just so excited to play against Pakistan and this is a position I didn’t imagine I would be in at this stage.”
Earlier, Chris Woakes said that it would be unfair if any bowler misses out due to the selection of uncapped Archer. David Willey and Mark Wood also showed reluctance to Archer’s addition.
“I understand the situation and I’m very happy with everything. I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes, the squad selected for the World Cup deserve it and my job is to do my very best against Pakistan. ”