Who do you drop from the squad, when this is likely the first team? Stokes is the reason he's not in the squad.The guy is something special. Move Malan or someone else if needed.
I'd be gobsmacked if the Ireland series decided anything, a banana skin for England to avoid and decision if to try some newbs for the future or risk injury to players likely to play for the World CupIt sounds to me like they've decided Archer is not going to be fit for the World Cup and won't be considered.
I don't think the Ireland series will decide much, in fact I'm not even sure most of the first team will even play it.
it then boils down to the Stokes factor which isn't a bizarre cricket talent show for TV but that he can seemingly do nothing in a tournament then single handedly basically win it.....Should Stokes even make the team if he's not bowling? Saw an article that Harry Brook would miss out if Stokes plays, surely Brook would be a better than Stokes purely as a bat
Tbf he did do pretty well in the 2019 odi WC in the group stage from memory.it then boils down to the Stokes factor which isn't a bizarre cricket talent show for TV but that he can seemingly do nothing in a tournament then single handedly basically win it.....
I know having read a lot of it that on BBC Have Your Say the regular posting was to drop Stokes during the T20 World Cup. He made 2, 6 and 8, then held England together to beat Sri Lanka with 42no, and did much the same in the final, 52no when England had slipped to 84/4 although for me the key was Shaheen Afridi getting injured, much is made of fielding saving runs etc, well his trying to save a few runs cost them the final basically (in saving or trying to, can't remember which, a boundary which would have cost no more than a poor ball did/does)