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Jofra Archer cleared the air with disgruntled England teammates after call-up

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Jofra Archer made his long-awaited England debut earlier this week in the four-wicket win over Ireland.

Despite being born in the Caribbean, Archer moved to the UK in 2015 and would only have become eligible to play for England in 2022 as he came to the country after his 18th birthday and the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) residency rule requires a minimum of seven years in order to qualify.

However, in November 2018 the ECB changed the rules and reduced the residency period to three years, and meaning Archer became eligible for England this year.

That meant England were able to select the 24-year-old to play in the upcoming limited overs series against Pakistan and one-off match v Ireland - where he picked up his first international wicket - ahead of this summer's World Cup.

While this opportunity is a dream come true for Archer, some of his England teammates had voiced their concerns with his potential selection.

David Willey had claimed it seemed players were being brought in 'at the drop of the hat'.

While Chris Woakes said it would be 'not fair morally' to select the speedster ahead of already established England bowlers and Mark Wood worried that his inclusion may have a negative impact on the team.

But Archer has met up with his new teammates in an effort to 'clear the air' and has been able to settle into the team environment quickly.

Ireland v England

“Since I have been with the squad, I haven’t felt any malice. It’s a welcoming bunch. I’m happy," he said, per The Sun.

"I knew most of the guys and it’s nice to come into a new team with people you know.” 

He was asked whether any of his new teammates had explained their comments to which he confirmed: “Yeah - Dave, Woody and Woakesy.”

And now the 24-year-old can focus on pushing his way into the final squad that will be among the favourites to win the World Cup this summer.

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