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ICC World Cup 2019

‘Would like to see Jofra Archer in England’s World Cup squad’ – Dawid Malan

Dawid Malan says he would like to see Jofra Archer in England’s World Cup squad as he brings a different element to the side.

In an exclusive chat with Cricingif, the left-handed batsman said that having Jofra Archer in the side would be a big decision as the Barbados born paceman is someone who can bowl in the middle overs and at the death for England.

‘With Jofra Archer coming in, it is going to be a big decision. I don’t know who would he come in for but I would have him in the team.

“He adds that extra pace to bowl upfront in the middle and the death. That makes them [England] the favorites as they have pretty much won every series they’ve played in England over the last four years,” said Malan.

The ongoing series between England and Pakistan has seen scores in excess of 350 with the bowlers struggling to stop the flow of runs and pick up wickets consistently.

In such conditions, bowling attacks need to have the element of extra pace and mystery spin to pick up wickets which is the only way to stop batsmen from going big.

Pakistan have lacked a spinner to control the game in the middle overs as Shadab Khan had to miss out with a virus. Yasir Shah’s lack of control and variation hasn’t done a lot of favour to the captain which meant he was subsequently dropped from the side.

“Obviously you need a bit of pace. Mystery spin is the key,” said Malan on keeping control on flat wickets.

“It has been a big loss of Pakistan that Shadab Khan is not playing. He has played a massive part of that wicket taking option in the middle as Adil Rashid has done so well for England in the last couple of years.

“The key to playing cricket on these grounds is to keep taking wickets, restricting the opposition to 320-330, which is chaseable on the quality of wickets and the size of grounds that you play here in England.”