Remember the name – Jofra Archer.
This 22 year old from Barbados is really starting to make a name for himself in county cricket.
In December 2016, Archer signed a two year contract extension with his current county, Sussex, which has tied him down to the club until the end of 2019 after a number of impressive displays in his opening season with the club.
Archer made his first class debut a little over a year ago against Pakistan as the tourists prepared for the Test series against England. The West Indian ripped through their top order dismissing Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali and Misbah-ul-Haq with pace, bounce and prodigious swing, on his way to 4/49.
His impressive start continued during that summer as he claimed 5/42 against Somerset in a one day game that was televised live on Sky Sports, before claiming match figures of 7/63 against Leicestershire in the County Championship.
This season, he has continued on his merry way. At the time of writing, he has taken 44 Championship wickets in just 8 games, with a best of 7/67, at an average of just 21.
Last night, again in front of the Sky Sports cameras, Archer continued to impress in Sussex’s latest T20 fixture against Middlesex, claiming the prized wicket of England one day captain Eoin Morgan.
Archer has faced a battle to get to the top. He has overcome a long-term back injury, but now seems to be at full fitness as he continues to unsettle batsman with his pace and swing. His action is smooth and a pleasure to watch. There is little wonder why Sussex have been quick to secure his services for the next few seasons. He would be a welcomed addition to any county’s bowling line up and it will be exciting to see how he continues to develop going forward. The sky really is the limit for him.
But Archer is not just a one trick pony. He can bat too.
In a recent County Championship game against Leicestershire (clearly a team that he enjoys playing against!), he impressed with the ball taking 7 wickets in the match. But it was his second innings effort of 42 not out from just 14 balls that emphasises that he is a genuine all-rounder.
In his 15 first class matches to date, he has amassed 508 runs at an average of around 30. He has 3 fifties to his name, with a best of 73 last summer as he enjoyed a hundred partnership with compatriot and England international, Chris Jordan.
There is no doubt that there is a lot to be excited about with Jofra Archer. I understand that he is keen to pursue an international career with England and I’d like to think that his performances on the south coast in the last twelve months have made the selectors sit up and take notice.
I hope that he can remain injury free going forward and if he is able to, the cricketing world will soon become familiar with his trademark swing and pace.
A recent post on his Twitter account stated “Trying to dim someone’s light won’t make yours shine any brighter”.
There is no doubt that this young Barbadian is starting to really light up the English county circuit.
Remember the name.
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