Drop Anyone to get Archer In England World Cup Squad: Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff has urged England to drop "anyone" in order to make sure Jofra Archer has a place in their World Cup squad.
The past week has seen Barbados-born paceman Archer show glimpses of his talent while making one-day international and Twenty20 debuts for England after completing a three-year residency period.
His ability to bowl 90-mile-per-hour (145 kmh) yorkers, as well as deceptive slower balls, has caught the eye. Archer is set to have further chances to make a case for a World Cup spot during England's upcoming one-day international series against Pakistan starting at the Oval on Wednesday, 8 May.
Former England fast bowling all-rounder Flintoff is a fan of the "unbelievable" Archer.
Following a miserable first-round exit at the 2015 edition in Australia and New Zealand, World Cup hosts England have risen to number one in the ODI rankings, without Archer.
But Flintoff said loyalty to existing players was no reason to ignore the 24-year-old's claims for a place in England's final 15 for the World Cup.
"You ask who I would get rid of? Anyone," he added at an event to publicise the official World Cup song, 'Stand By' by Loryn and Rudimental.
"When I was a kid we were watching Robin Smith (born in South Africa) and were waiting on Graeme Hick (born in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe) to play (for England),” Flintoff said.
"We've had KP (Kevin Pietersen, born in South Africa) so it's not a new thing," said the 41-year-old Flintoff.
"But watching the lad bowl," he said of Archer
Flintoff had little sympathy for those members of England's current pace attack who had expressed concerns about possible damage to team morale were Archer to play at the World Cup.
"I would make sure I would raise my game," Flintoff said.
England have never won the men's World Cup, making the last of their three losing appearances in the final back in 1992.
All three of Flintoff's World Cup campaigns saw England make early exits.
"I played in three World Cups and didn't get through the group stages, even though they didn't pass without incident!" joked Flintoff, who at the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean commandeered a pedalo in St Lucia.
Asked what had changed in England's approach to ODI cricket since he retired in 2009, Flintoff cited the white-ball captain Eoin Morgan's "impressive" influence, before adding: "I think they've found their identity.
"For years when I played it was 'Sri Lanka have won the World Cup with a pinch hitter let's get a (Sanath) Jayasuriya at the top of the order.'
Australia were doing well with Adam Gilchrist, 'let's try and do what they do'. We were always chasing the game.