Jofra Archer

England
Age
April 1, 1995 (26 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Bridgetown, Barbados
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
England
Bowling Style
Right-arm fast

Jofra Archer, born in Barbados to an English father and Bajan mother, was into cricket from early childhood. Like many fellow West Indians, he could bowl fast and whack the ball hard. Having represented the West Indies in the Under-19 World Cup, he later decided to move to England to pursue his career.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
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Team played

England, England XI, Rajasthan Royals, West Indies Under-19, Sussex, Hobart Hurricanes, Quetta Gladiators, Khulna Tigers, Sindhis, Southern Brave

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
19
10
5
28
8*
5.6
35
80
0
0
2
0
T20I
12
2
1
19
18*
19
10
190
0
0
2
1
Test
9
12
0
102
30
8.5
184
55.43
0
0
13
1
IPL
35
23
10
195
27*
15
124
157.26
0
0
11
14

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
19
18
944
752
33
3/27
4.78
22.79
28.61
0
0
0
T20I
12
12
282
371
14
4/33
7.89
26.5
20.14
1
0
0
Test
9
14
1454
690
14
3/45
2.85
49.29
103.86
0
0
0
IPL
35
35
825
981
46
3/15
7.13
21.33
17.93
0
0
0

Archer’s participation in the 2019 ICC World Cup was rather debatable. However, the decision was vindicated with him playing a crucial role in the team’s success throughout the tournament and them clinching the trophy in the World Cup final.

Jofra Archer’s career has not been as long so far but definitely full of remarkable performances.

IPL Career

Jofra Archer came into the limelight with his quick bowling exploits in the 2017 – 2018 season. Before making an appearance in the IPL, Jofra Archer played in the Bangladesh Premier League for Khulna Titans in 2017. He later signed a contract with Hobart Hurricanes for the 2017 – 2018 season of the Big Bash League. He also played with Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan Super League.

The defining moment came during the IPL 2018 auctions when Jofra Archer was picked up by Rajasthan Royals (RR), returning to the IPL after a ban of a couple of years, for a missive price of INR 7.2 Crore. The money was well invested as Jofra Archer became the leading wicket-taker for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2018 with 15 wickets in 10 matches at a strike rate of a wicket per 2 and a half overs.

Jofra’s debut match in the IPL was played against Mumbai Indians (MI) when he took 3 wickets for just 22 runs in the Royals’ win. He was named the Player of the Match for his impressive performance. Despite being among the wickets in the debut season in 2018, Jofra was a tad bit expensive with an economy rate of above 8 runs per over.

Jofra Archer is a complete player. Not only can he bowl real quick but he also can whack the ball long. In the IPL 2019, he was retained by Rajasthan Royals, however, Archer could not regain the success of 2018. He managed to take just 11 wickets in 11 matches. However, his economy rate improved drastically and was below 7 runs per over at the end of the 2019 season.

Overall, playing in the IPL, Jofra Archer has picked up 26 wickets in 21 matches at 7.5 runs per over and a strike rate of a wicket every 3 overs.

ODI Career

Jofra Archer, a pacer from Barbados, became eligible to play for England in March 2019 after the ECB had changed the 7-year residency period requirement to 3 years for those who moved to England after the age of 18. However, this was too close to the 2019 ICC World Cup and, initially, he was not part of the 15-squad for England.

Jofra had earlier played in the Under-19 World Cup for West Indies, but injuries kept him away from the game for a while and finding no opportunities with West Indies, Jofra decided to move to England and pursue his cricket career there.

The ODI debut came against Ireland on 3 May 2019 at Dublin. Het took 1 for 40 with England winning the match. He also played a couple of games against Pakistan in the 5-match ODI Series before the World Cup but achieved nothing remarkable. However, there was growing pressure from the cricketing community who had seen Jofra in action in the county cricket and domestic T20 leagues around the world. Eventually, he was included in the squad for the 2019 ICC ODI World Cup.

Archer had played just 3 ODIs before he participated in the first World Cup match against South Africa held at the Oval. Immediately, he made his presence felt with a spell of 3 for 27 in 7 overs with one maiden successfully defending 312. The selection proved beneficial as Jofra Archer went on to take 20 wicketsthird-highest result in the World Cup and the highest for England – in 11 games.

The defining moment for the player was the 2019 World Cup Final. The final went to the Super Over after the teams had been tied after playing 50 overs each. England scored 15 in the Super Over and despite having an average match with the ball earlier, it fell upon Jofra Archer to defend 16 in the Super Over. He did it, ever so narrowly, as the match ended in a tie but England won on boundary count.

Test Career

After the phenomenal success in the 2019 World Cup, it was just a matter of time before Jofra Archer made his Test Debut. However, the wait wasn’t too long as the Test Debut came immediately after the World Cup in the home Ashes series against the arch-rivals Australia.

After losing the first Test by 251 runs, England handed over the debut to Jofra Archer in the second Test at Lord’s. He took 5 wickets in 2 innings, demonstrating some sheer pace with the ball. In the first innings, Jofra Archer was responsible for a concussion that happened to the in-form Steve Smith who had to go back to Pavillion, missing the next Test.

In the second Test, Jofra Archer took 6 wickets in the first innings followed by a couple of wickets at Headingley that England won by just 1 wicket. Overall, Archer took 22 wickets – third-highest in the series following Pat Cummins and Stuart Broad – in 4 Test matches in the 2019 Ashes that ended in a draw (2-2).

Jofra Archer has been prone to injuries and England has been concerned about his workload. After the 2019 home summer, Archer played 4 more away Tests against New Zealand (2), South Africa (1) and West Indies (1), taking 11 more Test Wickets. Overall, in Tests played so far, he has 33 wickets in 8 matches at an average just under 30. There is hope put high on this young talented bowler that has had a rather short career so far. No doubt, it will be interesting to follow his achievements in the coming years.

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