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.
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.”