One feels for David Willey, omitted at the last moment from England’s World Cup squad and replaced by flavour-of-the month Jofra Archer, only just qualified to play for England. Willey has been a regular member of England’s ODI teams for three or four years now, and has done pretty well, not perhaps brilliantly, but then few bowlers return remarkable figures in the batsmen-dominated 50-overs game. Nevertheless Willey had taken his fair share of wickets, and, if they have cost him 36 runs each, this is partly because he has often been used to bowl in the last overs of an innings when batsmen are hitting out at everything. He himself is a more than useful hitter and a brilliant fielder.

Archer bowls faster than Willey. He bowls faster than anyone else except perhaps Mark Wood, and he does this with a lovely easy action. The Sky commentators have got very excited about him and so has the former England captain Michael Vaughan. So, now that he is qualified, it’s no surprise that the national selector, Ed Smith, has waved him into the team and, in consequence, waved Willey out.

Fair enough if Archer is as good as we are told he is.