Jofra Archer: What you need to know as England call up speed king

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Jofra Archer is the name on every English cricket fan’s lips ahead of what could be the most rewarding summer for some time.

England host the World Cup before facing fierce rivals Australia in a home Ashes series.

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And with England setting their sights on a remarkable summer of double glory, Archer is seen by some as the man who could help make those dreams a reality.

Indeed, after a successful introductory series against Pakistan, the young pace bowler has been called up to the World Cup side alongside Liam Dawson.

But who is Archer and why is he so important?

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Jofra Archer was born in Barbados and has impressed England's selectors. (Credit: Getty Images)
Jofra Archer was born in Barbados and has impressed England's selectors. (Credit: Getty Images)

Why so late?

The 24-year-old has only just been rushed into the England camp ahead of a World Cup which was awarded to them in 2006.

He made his national debut against Ireland before a five-match ODI series against Pakistan in May.

The ODI-specialist featured in two of those matches, with a one-off T20 against the same opponents sandwiched between the Ireland ODI and Pakistan series.

So why was it all so rushed?

In short, the Barbados-born star burst onto the scene with Sussex and was set to complete a seven-year residency period to play for England - but that would have required him waiting until 2022-23 to be eligible for Eoin Morgan’s side.

The England and Wales Cricket Board, though, relaxed those rules from the start of 2019 - meaning it was reduced to a three-year wait.

Archer's pace will be a potent weapon in England's bowling attack. (Credit: Getty Images)
Archer's pace will be a potent weapon in England's bowling attack. (Credit: Getty Images)

What does he bring?

Such is England’s dominance in the shorter format that Archer has not even had a go with the bat in his four ODI appearances.

He has only taken five wickets across those four games, and two different formats, but there is no doubt the energetic all-rounder brings an extra factor to the team.

His delivery pace - helped by a fluid action - can get beyond 90mph and he has all the tools to be a huge hit on the world stage.

With a yorker as deadly as any, the right-hander also has a bouncer to add to a mixed artillery.

At T20 level, he has 118 wickets in 90 innings with an impressive strike rate of 17.3. At List A, he has 24 wickets in 16 innings, with a best of 5-42.

It is this prolific nature which persuaded Rajasthan Royals to splash £800,000 for his services in 2018’s Indian Premier League.

To compound matters, for a team which boasts a batting line up as destructive as any, Archer can cause issues with the bat as well.

His T20 average is 17.41 while his List A stands at 24 with a combined 22 sixes.

What can he do for England?

Quite simply; he could help fire England to World Cup glory.

You can add his name to an explosive side which already features the batting prowess of Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali.

And those are just the highlights.

Archer’s bowling is likely to become an essential weapon which can cause devastation.

Mark Wood’s pace and Chris Woakes’ guile have both been destructive for Morgan’s men.

But if you add Archer to those ranks, it all makes for an incredibly troubling pace bowling attack.

One which is already helpfully accompanied by the likes of Stokes and Tom Curran.

In fact, the more you think about it, the more worrying it all becomes.

Surely England will be triumphant in July?

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