Jofra Archer- the next big thing in International cricket!

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Test matches

Before making his Test debut for England in 2nd Test match, Archer was asked to prove his fitness for Sussex XI. He took 6 for 27 in 12.1 overs in the first innings against Gloucestershire. Jofra Archer announced his arrival to Test Cricket with a brilliant bowling effort replacing the injured James Anderson during the 2nd Ashes Test match against Australia played at Lords, London. With the likes of Dale Steyn retired from the longest form, Archer impressed one and all with his pace which made life tough for the opposition.
Archer dismissed Cameron Bancroft to take his debut Test wicket. He bowled at 145 which troubled the Australian batsmen and did not allow them to score runs with ease. On the 4th day, it was an amazing display of bowling by Archer who hit well set Steve Smith with bouncers and could not allow the Australian batsman to score runs with ease. He then dismissed Australian captain Tim Paine with a bouncer. He took 2 for 59 in 29 overs at an economy of 2.03 runs per over.

Defending the target of 268 runs to win, Archer bowled beautifully again getting 2 early wickets of David Warner and Usman Khawaja to rattle Australian chase. He hit concussion substitute Marcus Labuschagne hitting the grill. Archer again got the better of Australian captain Tim Paine with a bouncer with a brilliant catch by Joe Denly. He took 3 for 32 in 15 overs with an economy of 2.13 runs per over which almost helped England register a win. Australia survived the barrage and ended the match on 154 for 6.

With the third Test match starting at Headingly, Leeds from tomorrow onwards, Archer would be looking to continue his impressive run against Australia who is without their star batsman Steve Smith who was ruled out of the third Test match. Archer would be looking to exploit Australia’s batting order and help England level the series.

In the 3rd Test match at Headingly, Leeds, Jofra Archer picked his 1st five-wicket hauls. He got the breakthrough dismissing Marcus Harris. As the partnership between Labuschagne and Warner was threating, Archer dismissed Warner for 61 to end 111 runs stand for the 3rd wicket. Archer dismissed Matthew Wade, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, and Nathan Lyon to finish with figures of 6 for 45 to bowl out Australia for 179.

In the 2nd innings, Archer took 2 wickets for 40 runs getting the wickets of James Pattinson and Nathan Lyon. England was set a massive target of 359 runs to win.

One day Internationals

Jofra Archer made an impact for England in the One-day international format also. He made his ODI debut for Ireland on 3rd May 2019. He took 1 for 40 in his eight overs taking the wicket of Adair.

The fast bowler was included in the squad for the ODI series against Pakistan. He was not included in the preliminary squad for World Cup 2019 but impressed with his speed and accuracy, England selectors decided to include him in the final 15-man squad for World Cup 2019.

In the opening match of World Cup 2019 against South Africa, Archer bowled a great opening spell and bowled a bouncer to Hashim Amla. He was the pick of bowlers for England with 3 for 27 in 7 overs.

In the semi-finals against Australia, Jofra Archer bowled a vicious bouncer to Alex Carey which hit his chin. Carey decided to play with a bandaged jaw and played a good knock.

Archer played a key role in helping England win their maiden 50 over cup title. He took 20 wickets from 11 matches (11 innings) with an economy of 4.57 runs per over.

He created bounce and pace on good batting pitches which made life tough for opposition batsmen. Archer bowled the Super Over against New Zealand in a thrilling final played at Lords, London on 14th July. With 2 runs required off 1 ball, Archer held his nerve and conceded 1 run as the Super Over was tied also. England won the tournament with a greater number of boundaries.

He has played 14 One day international matches so far taking a total of 23 wickets at an economy of 4.63 runs per over which is very impressive in modern-day ODI cricket.

 

 

 

 

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