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Archer eyes prized scalp of Kohli at World Cup
Archer targets Kohli

Archer eyes prized scalp of Kohli at World Cup

Jofra Archer marked his call-up to England's World Cup squad by setting his sights on nabbing the prized scalp of India captain Virat Kohli.

Archer was included in England’s World Cup squad on the back of a mere three ODIs, having only qualified playing for England on residency grounds in March.

But the 24-year-old has already found himself in pressure situations while playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

And the Sussex quick had no problems in naming some of the best batsmen in the game as his World Cup targets.

"I'd quite like to get Virat Kohli out because I wasn't able to in the IPL," Archer told Sky Sports.

"Chris Gayle as well," added Archer, mentioning the big-hitting West Indies batsman.

And for all his lack of international cricket experience, Archer believes the time he has spent in the IPL has been good preparation for handling pressure of a World Cup.

"I think I probably have a bigger advantage over some of the other guys in our team," he said.

"We play (these guys) twice a (season) in the IPL, so you know their weaknesses, you know their strengths, you know if they can't run between the wickets... it gets you an extra bit of inside information."

He added: "To be honest, I think international cricket is probably the same intensity as the IPL. I think the only thing that changes is the amount of overs."

'Buttler the best I faced'

With this year's World Cup seeing all teams playing against each other, England are set to face the West Indies at Southampton on June 14 and India at Edgbaston on June 30.

But for all the threat posed by the likes of Gayle and Kohli, Archer had no doubt about the most difficult batsman he had bowled at -- Rajasthan and England teammate Jos Buttler.

"The best player I faced was Jos Buttler in the nets.

"He is a 360 (degree) cricketer. He can hit you straight down the ground or over the 'keeper's head. I don't think anywhere is safe with him."

Earlier this month, former England captain Michael Vaughan said he would be "staggered" if Archer wasn’t a part of this year’s Ashes series against Australia that follows the World Cup.

But Archer remained cautious of his Test chances: "If they do (select me) I would be over the moon but right now there is a World Cup to think about. I've only just got into the side and I don't expect to be selected straight away for the Test team."