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Archer will have 'no complaints' if he did not make the World Cup squad
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Archer will have 'no complaints' if he did not make the World Cup squad

Jofra Archer insisted he had received a warm welcome into the England set-up but stressed he would have no complaints if he failed to make it into the World Cup squad.

The Barbados-born allrounder made his England debut in a four-wicket win over Ireland in a one-off ODI in Dublin on Friday.

The 24-year-old qualified for World Cup selection after the England and Wales Cricket Board changed its residency qualification rule from seven years to three.

The Sussex star has represented a number of T20 franchises around the world but doubts have been expressed as to whether England should fast-track him into their World Cup squad.

Archer showed his quality when he bowled Mark Adair with a 90mph yorker to claim his first international wicket.

Before this match, several England bowlers were somewhat reticent when asked about Archer's imminent promotion.

But the new recruit insisted he had felt no hostility when joining up with the international teammates.

"It's been very welcoming," said Archer.

"Sometimes the media can get things wrong and misquote people. Since I've been here I didn't feel any malice at all. It's a really welcoming bunch of lads.

"I knew most of the guys before coming here and it's nice to come into a new team with some people you know. I'm here with a great team at a great time. I'm happy."

England are due to unveil their final 15-man squad for the World Cup on May 23.

David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and Tom Curran as the specialist seamers in the preliminary squad.

"Anyone would think about it (the World Cup) but I'll just try to play well and hope, I guess," said Archer. "I'll try not to set my heart on it.

"Obviously the guys have been together a long time and they probably do deserve it so I won't feel too bad if I'm left out.

"If I do well here it will probably put my case forward but I'm not focusing on the World Cup spot."