Hur­ri­canes snap up Bar­ba­dian Archer for Big Bash cam­paign

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -

( CMC) – Bar­ba­dian fast bowling all-rounder Jofra Archer has been snapped up by Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes for the sev­enth edi­tion of Aus­tralia’s Big Bash League, which bowls off next month.

The 22- year- old has been called up to re­place Eng­land’s Tom Cur­ran who was drafted into the Ashes squad fol­low­ing in­jury to fel­low speed­ster Steven Finn.

Archer, a for­mer Bar­ba­dos Un­der-19, made his name for English County Sus­sex in the re­cent first class sea­son, claim­ing 61 wick­ets at 25 runs apiece and scor­ing 638 runs at an av­er­age of 45.

“It was a big hon­our to be asked, firstly. Some of the best play­ers in the world play in the tour­na­ment and it’s a great op­por­tu­nity for my­self to keep learn­ing about the game and to get bet­ter,” Archer said

I’ve watched the Big Bash every year so far and had a cou­ple of team mates and friends play in the com­pe­ti­tion – every year it con­tin­ues to get bet­ter.”

Archer’s rise to promi­nence has been a fairy-tale one. Brought in at the lat­ter stages of the 2016 sea­son for his first class de­but, he snatched 23 wick­ets in six matches to se­cure a con­tract ex­ten­sion for the fol­low­ing sea­son.

The right-armer then led the Sus­sex at­tack bril­liantly, tak­ing 84 wick­ets and scor­ing 764 runs across all three com­pe­ti­tions, to emerge as the club’s Player-of-theYear.

Cricket Tas­ma­nia chief ex­ec­u­tive, Nick Cum­mins, said there was al­ready ex­cite­ment at the Hur­ri­canes sur­round­ing Archer’s ar­rival.

“We’re ex­cited to see what Jofra can bring to our side and we think our bowling stocks are look­ing re­ally healthy with Jofra and Ty­mal Mills play­ing for us this sea­son,” Cum­mins noted.

Archer, cur­rently rep­re­sent­ing Khulna Ti­tans in the Bangladesh Premier League, will join the likes of West Indies stars Kieron Pol­lard, Car­los Brath­waite, An­dre Rus­sell and Su­nil Narine who are all down to con­test the De­cem­ber 19 to Fe­bru­ary 4, 2018 tour­na­ment.

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