Sussex have played down the chances of Jofra Archer making his England debut in the West Indies.

But they are delighted to see him move closer to realising his international ambitions.

Archer has been cleared to play for England from 2019 and has tweeted that he would love to make his debut in the Caribbean.

Now Sussex have clarified when they expect Archer to be available for England and it appears to rule out the West Indies trip.

A club statement read: "Following the ECB’s announcement this morning of updated regulations for England availability and subsequent media reports, Sussex Cricket would like to clarify the point at which our player Jofra Archer would become eligible for selection for the national team.

"While the new regulations will come into force from January 1st 2019, the requirement for a player to have accumulated 210 days of residency over three years (April to March) will mean that Jofra is likely to qualify for England at some point in March 2019.

"The exact date of Jofra’s qualification will depend on the time he spends out of the country during the rest of 2018/19.

"Qualifying for England has long been an aim of Jofra’s and Sussex Cricket is delighted for him that this ambition will now be realised sooner than previously envisaged."

England's final fixture in the Caribbean is a T20 in St Kitts on March 10.