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Match-winning Jofra Archer sets tongues wagging at BBL but reaffirms commitment to England

Ed Kemp by Ed Kemp 5 minute read

Ex-pros, commentators and fans were clamouring to claim Jofra Archer as one of their own after the Caribbean-born Sussex all-rounder’s sensational display for Hobart Hurricanes against Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League.

The 22-year-old Bajan quick was instrumental in inflicting a first defeat of the tournament on the Strikers, taking a match-winning 3-15 in his four overs.

The formidable Strikers line-up took just 10 runs from Archer’s first three overs, before he returned to bowl the crucial final over of the match in which he took one for five with the opposition requiring 13 to win.

In between times, he effected a superb relayed catch on the mid-wicket boundary, acrobatically passing the ball to D’Arcy Short to dismiss the dangerous Colin Ingram off the bowling of fellow Sussex man Tymal Mills.

Archer, who has a British passport thanks to his English father, has previously stated his intention to pursue an international career for England, and Michael Vaughan was eager to hurry the process along on Thursday morning.

But, having previously been quoted saying: “I want to play for England,” Archer himself was quick to respond.

It was painful viewing for West Indies fans, though, as former paceman Tino Best made clear.

Srini Mama summed up Archer’s substantial skillset and urged IPL fans to take note.

It will surely not be long before Archer is seen in an England shirt, but not before he makes a potentially very lucrative trip to India…

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