Jofra Archer’s return to England ahead of the T20 World Cup could give them an “extra edge” in the competition, all-rounder Liam Livingstone has claimed.

Livingstone said that the return of the Sussex pace bowler alongside Mark Wood will provide a boost as they begin to defend their World Cup crown in the Caribbean on Tuesday.

The pair played together for the first time in 15 months on Thursday at The Oval as England capped off a rainy warm up series with a seven wicket win against Pakistan.

Livingstone said: “A 2-0 victory going into the World Cup is great.

“I think what was better was what we actually got out of that, especially having Jof and Woody gives us that sort of extra edge that we haven’t had before, which is pretty cool.

“Maybe not for net sessions but certainly for games and it’s great to have both of them.

“I think the group’s in a really good place, ready to go.

“Any team that has them [Archer and Wood], before you even start the game you feel like you’re one step ahead.

“We know pace can work one of two ways: it can get you wickets and it can go for runs.

“They’re not always just going to blow teams away but I think having those two is a pretty big weapon and CJ [Chris Jordan] has been bowling beautifully as well.

“We feel like we’ve got pretty much all bases covered, which is what you want going into a World Cup.”

Archer took three wickets in two games for England in the warm up series for Pakistan.

Returning from back and elbow injuries, Archer took a brace of wickets in his first game of international cricket on English soil at Edgbaston.

He followed this up with another wicket at The Oval as England took a seven wicket win.

England will begin their T20 World Cup campaign in Barbados on Tuesday, where they face Scotland.

The competitions began on Sunday with the USA, Namibia and the West Indies picking up wins.