Jofra Archer says he doesn’t think England will be worse off without him and compatriot Ben Stokes in the T20 World Cup, which starts later this month.
Captain Eoin Morgan will be deprived of the duo in the UAE – bowler Archer has ruled himself out due to an elbow problem and all-rounder Stokes is taking a break from the game to protect his sanity after his own problems with injury.
While it’s a huge blow for England to make it to the Middle East without two of their star names, Archer believes there are more than enough talent waiting to make sure their absences don’t are not too felt.
“Yes, myself and Ben Stokes are not available, but that does not worry me in terms of the performance of the team,” he wrote in a column for the Daily Mail.
“I know there is enough strength in depth to cover our absence. We have seen this summer that there is so much talent in England’s white ball teams. It was a blessing of the period. Covid that we got to see exactly what people were expecting in the wings can do.
“Liam Livingstone has confirmed he’s a direct trade for Stokes. You don’t have to think about it. He’s a guy who came out and hit an English record 42 balls against Pakistan.”
Archer continued, “When it comes to bowling, people may suggest I’m a big loss because of my T20 record, but I would respond by saying I’m just one person.
“I always believed I was only as good as the guy on the other end. You work as a duo when you bowling and if I go two and the other guy goes to 10, I consider it. like going to 6. The same in reverse.
“The strength of this England team is that everyone works with each other. It’s the best quality they have. Everyone feeds off each other, and there is a consistent culture. to play for your teammates rather than yourself.
“So while I don’t know which way they will go in selection, whoever comes in to take the new ball is going to do well.”
England are set to start their campaign in the United Arab Emirates on October 23, when they face the West Indies in the first of their group matches.
They then face one of the qualifying teams (yet to be determined) on October 27 before facing Australia three days later.
Two more group matches will follow in early November, against another qualifying match and South Africa, while the semi-finals and final will take place later in the month.
They arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday without Sam Curran, who was replaced by his brother Tom in the squad after suffering from back pain while playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
The new Curran has also starred in the IPL – also hosted in the Middle East – alongside several English stars, and Archer believes that they will be used to the conditions might work in their favor.
“A lot of English players have IPL experience and the conditions in the UAE will be quite familiar to them,” he said.
“Some players have been involved in the last few weeks and it could work in our favor.
“One of the biggest differences between playing T20 in India – where the tournament was originally supposed to take place – and the United Arab Emirates is the size of the borders.
“In India there are quite a few small plots and only Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates is comparable in terms of size – Dubai and Abu Dhabi are much bigger.
“The Dubai pitches don’t tend to have a lot of grass on it and it’s the same as India in terms of swing. It does a bit in the air and jumps in the first six overs and then that’s it, once out of the power play it becomes a lot easier for the hitters.
“And this England team has proven to be consistently good in all conditions when it comes to T20 cricket.”