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Jofra Archer's pace and accuracy provide Joe Root with a 'headache'

Jofra Archer's pace and accuracy provide Joe Root with a 'headache'”

For the first time since the inaugural men's World Cup in 1975, England will be staging the two biggest events in its worldwide calendar - the 50-over global showpiece and a Test series against Australia - in the same home season. "He said when he wanted to generate a bit more pace or go bumpers he lengthened it slightly", says Broad, enthusiastically, describing Archer as one of his three "ports of call" alongside Anderson and Sir Richard Hadlee, the great New Zealand all-rounder. He showed glimpses of his ability while making ODI and Twenty20 global debuts against Ireland and Pakistan last week.

Meanwhile, after the completion of the Cricket World Cup, England will play the home Ashes series against Australia from 1st August to 16th September.

England already boast a plethora of fast bowlers, with Plunkett joined by David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Ben Stokes and Tom Curran in the preliminary 15-man World Cup squad. But Eoin Morgan's side, currently involved in a series with Pakistan, are now top of the men's one-day worldwide rankings. But that chastening defeat prompted a complete rethink of their approach to the white-ball game.

Archer seized his latest chance after England captain Eoin Morgan won Wednesday's delayed toss at The Oval.

The victorious 2005 Ashes skipper added: "This England side have got all the tools required to win".

"Guys have worked day in, day out, taking their games to places that they weren't at 18 months, two years ago".

"I think that the amount of work that has gone into this group of players over the last couple of years, building and building, I firmly believe we've put an amount of effort in that gives us the best chance", he added.

"When you watch him play in these games, you are always looking towards the Ashes", he said. In the past, we've kind of arrived at a World Cup just hoping "Freddie" (Andrew Flintoff) might just produce a magic day, or KP (Kevin Pietersen) might do something, or back in the day Alec Stewart might get you off to a good start. Vaughan, however, warned against under-estimating reigning champions Australia. 'I found it the same in the West Indies, when Woody was bowling that spell in St Lucia, ' said Root, who held a juggling catch to dismiss Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman off Archer's bowling at The Oval - a delivery measuring 91mph.



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