Cricket News THIS England player is relaxed over World Cup selection

first_imgJofra Archer made his ODI debut against Ireland. Jofra Archer plays for Rajasthan Royals in IPL. England will be up against Pakistan for a bilateral series.  highlights Dublin: Jofra Archer insisted he had received a warm welcome into the England set-up but stressed he would have no complaints if he failed in a late bid to make it into the tournament hosts’ World Cup squad. The Barbados-born fast bowler made his much talked about England debut in a tense four-wicket win away to Ireland in a lone one-day international in Dublin on Friday.Archer, 24, was all set to be unavailable for the World Cup until the England and Wales Cricket Board reduced its residency qualification rule from seven years to three. The Sussex star has made an impact on the Twenty20 franchise circuit but doubts have been expressed as to whether England, top of the ODI rankings, should ‘parachute’ him into their World Cup squad at this late stage. Archer showed his quality when he bowled Mark Adair with a 90mph yorker to claim his first international wicket.Before this match, several England bowlers — David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood — whose places in the World Cup squad could be threatened by Archer’s inclusion were somewhat reticent when asked about his imminent promotion to the international scene.But the new recruit insisted he had felt no hostility when joining up with Eoin Morgan’s men.”It’s been very welcoming,” said Archer, who could also play in Sunday’s Twenty20 against Pakistan in Cardiff.”Sometimes the media can get things wrong and misquote people. Since I’ve been here I didn’t feel any malice at all. It’s a really welcoming bunch of lads.”I knew most of the guys before coming here and it’s nice to come into a new team with some people you know. I’m here with a great team at a great time. I’m happy.” England selection chief Ed Smith is due to unveil his final 15-man squad for the World Cup on May 23 Willey, Wood and Woakes were named alongside Liam Plunkett and Tom Curran as the specialist seam pacemen in the preliminary pick last month.”Anyone would think about it (the World Cup) but I’ll just try to play well and hope, I guess,” said Archer.”I’ll try not to set my heart on it. Obviously the guys have been together a long time and they probably do deserve it so I won’t feel too bad if I’m left out. If I do well here it will probably put my case forward but I’m not focusing on the World Cup spot.”(With Inputs: PTI) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Capital One Cup round-up: Man United humiliated as MK Dons seal huge victory

first_img MK Dons celebrate their 4-0 win over Man United 1 Louis van Gaal’s start to his reign as Manchester United manager went from bad to worse on a drizzly night in Buckinghamshire, as his side were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by League One side MK Dons.It was a humiliating evening for the Red Devils, who were never at the races as two goals from William Grigg and on-loan Arsenal forward Benik Afobe secured a 4-0 win to see the Dons safely into the third round.Van Gaal perhaps underestimated his lowly opponents by naming an under-strength starting line-up, with Johnny Evans, Javier Hernandez and Anderson their most senior players.It was United’s first appearance in the second round since they lost to York in 1995, and it was a similar scenario this time around as an inexperienced back-four were torn apart by the third tier outfit.A mistake from Evans on the edge of the box gifted Grigg his opener, the forward calmly stroking the ball home into an open goal, and he notched his brace after the break when he nudged a cross past David de Gea with his chest.United continued to struggle in the second-half half and their exit from the first competition of the season was confirmed when Afobe, who replaced Grigg with 20 minutes left, notched his first after just seconds on the pitch, later putting the shine on a historic victory for MK Dons with a brace of his own, taking advantage of a series of defensive blunders to smash past De Gea.Van Gaal is still searching for his first win as United boss.Three other Premier League sides also suffered second round shock exits, with West Ham losing to League One side Sheffield United on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra-time.Burnley also lost 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday, while Leicester slumped to the same result at home to League Two Shrewsbury Town.West Brom, meanwhile, needed a penalty shoot-out to see off Oxford United.Elsewhere, Fulham claimed their first victory of the season thanks to summer signing Ross McCormack, the £11million forward’s strike sealing a 1-0 triumph over fellow Championship outfit Brentford, while Dwight Gayle’s first-half hat-trick led Crystal Palace to a 3-0 win at Walsall.There was also a frantic finale at Crewe, as Jermaine Beckford looked to have given Bolton a 2-1 triumph in the 90th minute before Marcus Haber immediately struck back to force extra-time.But the hosts failed to complete a fairytale comeback, as Beckford found the net again in the first-half of extra-time to send Bolton through 3-2.Capital One Cup second round results:Bournemouth 3 – 0 NorthamptonBrentford 0 – 1 FulhamBurnley 0 – 1 Sheff WedCrewe 2 – 3 Bolton (after extra-time)Derby 1 – 0 CharltonGillingham 0 – 1 NewcastleHuddersfield 0 – 2 Nottm ForestLeicester 0 – 1 ShrewsburyMiddlesbrough 3 – 1 PrestonMillwall 0 – 2 SouthamptonNorwich 3 – 1 CrawleyPort Vale 2 – 3 CardiffScunthorpe 0 – 1 ReadingSwansea 1 – 0 RotherhamSwindon 2 – 4 Brighton (after extra-time)Walsall 0 – 3 Crystal PalaceWatford 1 – 2 DoncasterWest Ham 1 – 1 Sheff Utd (Sheff Utd win 5-4 on pens)MK Dons 4 – 0 Man UtdWest Brom 1 – 1 Oxford Utd (West Brom win 7-6 on pens)last_img read more