Steve Smith brushed aside a predictably-frosty welcome at the Ageas Bowl as his match-winning century guided Australia to a 12-run victory over England as both sides continued their World Cup preparations.
Australia’s Steve Smith was greeted by a mixture of boos and polite applause as he marked his comeback appearance against England with a fine century in the World Cup warm-up match at the Ageas Bowl.
England’s World Cup warm-up against Australia got off to a concerning start, with pacemen Mark Wood and Jofra Archer suffering injury scares and assistant coach Paul Collingwood forced into action as an emergency fielder.
Jofra Archer has received the seal of approval from cricket’s biggest global star, with India captain Virat Kohli hailing the England newcomer as a potential World Cup X factor.
With Jofra Archer’s inclusion in England’s World Cup squad long considered a formality, it was spinner Liam Dawson who assumed the role of ‘bolter’ as Joe Denly and David Willey saw their dreams dashed.
Jofra Archer’s domestic teams enjoyed a humorous exchange after the Rajasthan Royals congratulated “our pace machine” on his World Cup selection.
Jofra Archer has been selected to bolster England’s pace options for this summer’s World Cup, with David Willey the unlucky man to miss out.
Former captain Sir Alastair Cook says Jofra Archer should be fast-tracked into the England team at the forthcoming World Cup.
England’s selectors will settle on a final 15-man World Cup squad on Monday, with the fates of David Willey, Joe Denly and potential wildcard Liam Dawson to the fore.
Mark Wood hopes he and fellow paceman Jofra Archer can “ruffle a few feathers” together as England prepare to field one of the quickest new ball pairings in their one-day history.
Mark Wood hopes he and fellow paceman Jofra Archer can “ruffle a few feathers” together as England prepare to field one of the quickest new-ball pairings in their one-day history.