Sky Cricket Podcast: Jofra Archer’s World Cup chances, plus pacey bowlers and touring Pakistan

England avoided a Test-series whitewash in the West Indies – and now they are focused on maintaining their clinical white-ball form ahead of the World Cup.

Ian Ward, Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton – but not Bumble, who was recovering from some festivities in St Lucia – looked back on the red-ball action and forward to the white-ball leg on the latest Sky Cricket Podcast, which you can download HERE!

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February 20, 2019, 2:30pm

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Shannon Gabriel will miss the first four ODIs of the five-match series after copping a ban from the ICC following comments he made towards Joe Root during the third Test – the seamer’s sanction taking him to eight demerit points in a two-year period and an automatic four-game suspension.

Wardy, Nas and Athers discuss the punishment, the dangers of stump microphones being raised, and how the incident should not mar what has been a fantastic Test series, one of the best Nas has seen.

Athers says Test cricket is in great health and that a lack of fans attending games in some parts of the world, such as the Caribbean, should not be equated to a lack of interest in the product.

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Also on the agenda…

– England’s selection, how they went ‘back to basics’ in the final Test – and where that leaves all-rounder Sam Curran going forward?

– After Mark Wood’s searing St Lucia spell, the boys remember England’s speediest seamers, discuss the quickest quicks they faced and reveal whether they were ever frightened of fast bowling?

– Will international teams go back to touring Pakistan regularly? Athers shares some stories of his visit while filming an Imran Khan documentary for Sky Sports a few years ago

– Jofra Archer – Nasser expects him to be included in England’s World Cup squad, so who does he think could miss out if that’s the case?

– The impending return of Rob Key! Yep, Keysy is heading to the Caribbean for the one-dayers and will take up the mantle on next Sky Cricket Podcast, so stay tuned!

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