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    JOFRA ARCHER

    INDIA

    Full name Jofra Chioke Archer

    Born April 1, 1995, Bridgetown, Barbados

    Playing role Bowler

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Right-arm fast

    PROFILE

    West Indies have in the recent past produced a flurry of aggressive all-rounders who can wield the willow like an axe and bowl fiery spells at a rapid pace. Jofra Archer is the latest sensation in that list although it’s the Caribbean’s loss that the youngster will not be representing his own country. This wasn’t expected at all, considering that Archer showed a lot of promise during his growing stage in Barbados and even went on to represent the U-19 West Indies side. However, a relentless back injury hampered his progress in a big way and by the time he got back to peak fitness, it seemed like that the cricketing structure in West Indies had forgotten about him.

    Archer wasn’t to be denied though and instead decided to ply his trade in England. His fellow West Indian-born English star Chris Jordan recommended the young man to his club Sussex and Archer impressed instantly. Consequently, a First-class debut followed and he also got picked in the shorter formats as well. He has looked at ease in all the formats, blessed with loads of natural ability. Despite his performances in England, it was the Big Bash League in Australia that catapulted Archer to global fame. Representing the Hobart Hurricanes in the 2017-18 season, he performed admirably. There was clinical ball-striking, there was genuine pace and craftiness apart from excellent fielding which is a given with most West Indian cricketers.

    Archer’s heroics at the BBL ensured that he got noticed at the 2018 IPL auctions and was eventually snapped up by the Rajasthan Royals. He knows very well that the IPL is the grandest stage of them all as far as T20 Leagues go and if he can shine there, nothing like it. The only interesting thing is regarding his future in international cricket. Initially, to play for England, he needed to play there in domestic cricket for seven years and hence, could represent the country somewhere in 2022 or thereabouts. However, the ECB relaxed the rules on expats, mostly in a bid to get Archer into the mix for the World Cup. It meant that Archer was available for selection for the 2019 World Cup and the Ashes series that followed it.

    BATTING & FIELDING STATS

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
    Tests 11 16 0 139 30 8.68 275 50.54 0 0 20 1 2 0
    ODIs 14 7 3 13 7* 3.25 22 59.09 0 0 1 0 4 0
    T20Is 1 0 0
    First-class 40 58 10 1183 81* 24.64 1755 67.4 0 6 144 25 21 0
    List A 28 18 6 205 45 17.08 180 113.9 0 0 15 9 8 0
    T20s 95 49 24 419 36 16.76 300 139.7 0 0 34 13 26 0

    BOWLING STATS

    Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
    Tests 11 21 2398 1182 38 Jun-45 Aug-85 31.1 3 63 0 3 0
    ODIs 14 14 737 569 23 Mar-27 Mar-27 24.73 4.6 32 0 0 0
    T20Is 1 1 24 29 2 Feb-29 Feb-29 14.5 7.3 12 0 0 0
    First-class 40 77 8537 4345 174 Jul-67 11/137 24.97 3.1 49 10 8 1
    List A 28 27 1468 1214 44 May-42 May-42 27.59 5 33 0 1 0
    T20s 95 92 2090 2719 121 Apr-18 Apr-18 22.47 7.8 17 1 0 0

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