Every nation’s squad, England, Jofra Archer, India team, New Zealand, Kane Williamson, video, cricket news, Australia

Every nation’s squad, England, Jofra Archer, India team, New Zealand, Kane Williamson, video, cricket news, Australia

Paceman Jofra Archer was Tuesday recalled to England’s squad for the defence of their T20 World Cup crown after a year out of action.

The 29-year-old, who has endured a string of injuries since his international breakthrough in 2019, has not played competitive cricket for a year but has recovered from a right elbow injury.

He takes his place in a 15-man provisional squad captained by Jos Buttler for the tournament that starts on June 1 in the West Indies and the United States.

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The same group will play take on Pakistan in a four-match T20 series beginning at Headingley on May 22.

All the players who are currently featuring in the Indian Premier League will return in time for the series against Babar Azam’s men.

Archer has managed just 15 T20 appearances for England since making his international debut five years ago but is still considered a potential game-changer.

Another factor in England’s favour is that he grew up in Barbados so is knowledgable about Caribbean conditions.

Veteran seamer Chris Jordan, also born in Barbados, returns to the squad alongside uncapped spinner Tom Hartley but there is no place for Chris Woakes, a World Cup winner in both the 20-over and 50-over formats.

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Test captain Ben Stokes, who was part of the England squad who surrendered their 50-over title meekly in India last year, ruled himself out of the T20 World Cup in an effort to regain full fitness to play as an all-rounder.

England begin the defence of the title they won in Australia in 2022 against Scotland in Barbados on June 4.

Managing director of England men’s cricket Rob Key said Archer was “desperate” to play on his home island.

“Jofra’s a bowler that is just so special you do everything you can to try to get him back playing and we’ve sort of taken the longer road this time but as always with Jofra, it’s fingers crossed until he’s out there playing,” said Key.

“It’s like when you’re waiting for something really good to happen, you don’t quite believe it until he’s there but he’s tracking well at the moment.

“The next step is when he gets into that Pakistan series. It’s going to be full match intensity, how he keeps going through there but at the moment we’re doing everything we can and he’s in a good spot.”

Meanwhile Rishabh Pant was named on Tuesday in India’s squad for the T20 World Cup in June, his first return to international cricket after a horror car crash 16 months ago.

The 26-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has impressed with his return to elite cricket this year, scoring 398 runs from 11 games in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

He will be among a 15-member squad headed to the United States and West Indies for the tournament starting June 1.

Rohit Sharma will lead the side with under-fire vice-captain Hardik Pandya, with veteran wicketkeeper K.L. Rahul making way for Pant’s return.

Pant had termed his comeback to the game as “nothing short of a miracle” after a road crash in December 2022, when his Mercedes rammed into a barrier, flipped and caught fire near New Delhi.

“The kind of accident I had, I’m lucky to be alive,” he said in December. “I think it was very challenging, especially the first part I would say more from a physical point of view… there was a lot of pain to be endured.” The crash left him with a damaged ligament in his right knee, a hurt wrist and ankle, and abrasions to his back.

He fought back after an intensive rehabilitation programme and time on crutches at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

Pant was reinstated as captain of Delhi Capitals for the ongoing season after Australia opener David Warner led the team in his absence last year.

His first match back earned him a standing ovation from the crowd after a 51 off 32 balls.

Pant has played for India a total of 129 times in all three formats since 2017.

FULL LIST OF T20 WORLD CUP SQUADS

England

Jos Buttler (capt, wk), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Tom Hartley, Will Jacks, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, Mark Wood

India

Rohit Sharma (capt), Hardik Pandya (vice-capt), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

Reserves: Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed and Avesh Khanfk

New Zealand

Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee

South Africa

Aiden Markram (capt), Ottniel Baartman, Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton (wkt), Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs Travelling reserves: Nandre Burger, Lungi Ngidi

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