Archer initially faced a wait up until 2022 to turn out for England but saw his dreams fast-tracked earlier this year when the England and Wales Cricket Board reduced the eligibility criteria from seven years to three. Now he's going to have to live with it.
But with the safe arrival of a baby girl, Haadiya, yesterday, the England all-rounder was straight on to team management to tell them he will be reporting for training at the Hampshire Bowl to state his case for inclusion against West Indies on Friday. "He wants to bowl fast, he wants to take wickets and that has to be a good thing for England". The Windies will take a 1-1-1 record back to Hampshire on Friday to face England, which has two wins and a loss. He was well known in the Caribbean as a Barbados Under-19 representative before deciding to see if his British passport was a way to reach the global level.
Both teams are blessed with pace options, with Jofra Archer and Mark Wood both hitting 95mph against Bangladesh and Ben Stokes happy to play enforcer if Wood misses out. Yes, he's bowling quickly, but there's nothing that we are not accustomed to.
The West Indies are the only country at this World Cup not to have lost to England in their most recent ODI series against them. They haven't been back to the final since.
And Windies head coach Reifer insists his batsmen - led by the titanic Chris Gayle - will not shy away from Archer's 90mph thunderbolts and attack him from the off in one of the most highly-anticipated matches of the tournament.
He added: "He obviously had the pace". He had a few injuries as a young guy. "I have known him since he was 16 and he has always loved a challenge", said Collymore, the West Indies bowling coach.
Bayliss said he had not really thought about that eventuality. We knew him from the U15s, U17s, U19s so he is not new to us.
England fast bowler Mark Wood is a doubt for Friday's World Cup clash with West Indies at Southampton because of a flare-up of an ankle injury, captain Eoin Morgan said on Thursday. We've got quite a lot of time in between games.' The ICC's Dave Richardson said: 'A reserve day for every match would significantly increase the length of the tournament and be extremely complex to deliver'.
Only 7.3 overs were played, with the West Indies restricting South Africa to 29 for two thanks to a pair of Sheldon Cottrell wickets.