Journey of Jofra Archer: Barbados to England Cricket Team

Jofra Chioke Archer, a Barbadian born English cricketer who is capable of delivering the ball at speeds of 90mph on a consistent basis. He was born on 1 April 1995.

Jofra Archer’s rise as an England international cricketer is really an amazing story. He was included in the England World Cup squad at the very last moment.

Since then he never looked back, day by day he has established himself as an integral part of the English lineup. Moreover, he was the ex-factor during the World Cup for England.

Early life & commencement:

His father Frank Archer in English & his mother Joelle Waithe is Barbadian. He became a British citizen through his father.

He moved to England in 2015 & became eligible to be a part of the England cricket team in 2019. Before that in 2014, Archer played for West Indies under-19’s several times.

But he intended to play for England team once his residency period was complete regarding rules & regulations by England Cricket Board (ECB) in November 2018.

Also Read: The evolution of the fearless brand of England cricket

Domestic & Franchise career:

Jofra Archer made his first-class debut for Sussex during Pakistan’s tour of England on 8 July 2016. He made his List-A debut against Gloucestershire in the 2016 Royal London One Day Cup.

Archer started playing on IPL in 2018. On his debut match for Rajasthan Royals against Mumbai Indians, he took three wickets & awarded as the player of the match.

International career:

He has started playing International matches for England in April 2019 against Ireland & Pakistan. He made his ODI debut against Ireland on 3 May 2019 & Twenty20 International debut against Pakistan on 5 May 2019.

In the preliminary squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Archer was not selected for the England team.

Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff said he would drop “anyone” from the squad to include Archer.

However, on 21, May 2019 England finalized their squad for the World Cup with Archer named in the final fifteen man squad. He played in all matches during World Cup, especially in the final match the way he played was worth watching.

He bowled in the super over, after the match ended in a tie against New Zealand. However, England won that match after this breathtaking super over tremendously done by Archer.

Following the World Cup, ICC named Archer as the rising star of the squad & included him in their Cricket World Cup 2019’s team of the tournament.

The Ashes Series 2019:

Archer made his test debut in the second match of the series. He continued his tremendous new ball bowling & bowling at the death of the innings.

He took his first wicket in Test cricket dismissing Australia’s opener Cameron Bancroft.

Moreover, he did troubled Steve Smith on certain occasions in this Ashes.

Which itself gives us a very good indication about his class that he posses. Due to his lethal bouncer, Smith had missed one match as well.

On the first day of the third test, Archer took his first five wickets haul in test cricket finishing with the figure of 6 for 45 & with Australia being dismissed for 179 runs.

This man from Barbados has helped England to that elusive World Cup title.

He’s achieved the highest pace recorded by an England seamer. Bowlers like this come along, in England at least, very rarely.

The only thing he needs to continue is to fulfill this potentiality which can overtop him amongst the list of legends in the cricket era.

It can be said that he had a lot to offer for the game of test. If he can stay fit, he can be a real threat to any opposition with his fiery & furious action.

Although it can be very early to predict his future, it is also true that he has already provided the firepower to the cricketing fraternity, which was missing after the retirement of Brett Lee and Shoiab Akhter.

Blog post by Ibdita Hasan

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