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Plunkett bats for Archer

Liam Plunkett said England would be a “better team” if Jofra Archer made it into their World Cup squad after his fellow fast bowler again impressed on international duty.

Archer continued his late bid for a World Cup berth with a hostile opening spell against Pakistan at The Oval on Wednesday.

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He took one wicket and conceded just six runs in four overs before rain meant there was no result in the first one-day international of a five-match series.

Barbados-born Archer was not included in England’s preliminary squad for the World Cup but could force his way into their final 15 via his displays in this five-match series.

“He’s obviously a class act,” Plunkett told reporters afterwards.

“He showed today, he’s rocked up and bowled really nicely with pace and smashed the right good areas, picked up a wicket in the first few overs, beating the left-hander (Imam) on the outside edge.”

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