The young hast bowler Jofra Archer had an average England debut amidst all the growing speculations ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. While his participation in the marquee tournament is still not known,
Test skipper Joe Root has rung the bell over his inclusion in the Ashes series just after the World Cup.
Meanwhile, England tinkered with their residency policies to make Jofra Archer available for selection ahead of the World Cup. Having impressed around the globe in various T20 franchise leagues, all eyes were on the Barbados-born cricketer and he has not disappointed. Archer has shown glimpses of his ability in while making his ODI and T20I debuts for England.
The 24-year-old fast bowler impressed bowling at a raw pace of over 90mph yorkers and a handful of variations. This has undoubtedly lit the eyes of Joe Root who is looking towards everyone with an eye towards the Ashes. Root said that Jofra Archer’s game is best-suited for the Test format even though he has only played 28 first-class matches for Sussex since making his debut in 2016. Also, the Test skipper will have a keen eye on the fast bowler in the upcoming games.
“I’m looking at everyone with an eye towards the Ashes,” Root said when asked about Archer’s chances of playing Test cricket. “You can see the value of what he (Archer) could bring to a side, that extra bit of zip, and he makes things happen.”
“He’s someone that wants to get into the game and try and make things happen and that’s a great quality to have on this stage. It will be interesting to see how he goes in the next few games,” he added.
Archer will be an interesting addition
Joe Root emphasised Jofra Archer’s quality as a cricketer. He said Archer will be an excellent addition to the fast bowling group already having James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
“It’s exciting to see another option to add to what is a growing bowling group, with the experience that we have in the two senior guys (James Anderson and Stuart Broad) and guys like Woody (Mark Wood) putting in a performance like he did in that last Test match (in the West Indies),” he concluded.