‘Eng­land, go for Jofra’

UK Barbados Nation - - SPORT STARTS -

MEL­BOURNE, Aus­tralia – Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes head coach Adam Grif­fith has la­belled Bar­ba­dian fast bowl­ing sen­sa­tion, Jofra Archer, as a match-win­ner and be­lieves Eng­land would be “silly” not to pick him for the ICC World Cup at home next May.

The 23-year-old Archer has emerged as one of the most ex­cit­ing young play­ers over the last two years, due largely to his ex­ploits for English county Sus­sex, Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes in the Big Bash League and Ra­jasthan Roy­als in the In­dian Premier League.

He qual­i­fies to rep­re­sent Eng­land through his fa­ther and re­cently had his chances of el­i­gi­bil­ity fast-tracked when the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board re­laxed their el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria in Novem­ber.

Has the tal­ent

“He’s got the tal­ent [to play Test cricket], no doubt. We’ve seen what he can do in white ball [cricket]. I think he’ll def­i­nitely play a role for them in the World Cup – they’d be silly if he didn’t,” said Grif­fith.

“He’s on record that Test cricket is some­thing he wants to play, he sees it as the pin­na­cle of what he can do. He’s a su­per tal­ent . . . he’s hy­per com­pet­i­tive. He wins games of cricket, so I think they’ll be look­ing at him.”

Archer played for West In­dies Un­der-19s, but has turned his back on rep­re­sent­ing the se­nior side to fo­cus on an Eng­land call-up. He has been liv­ing in Eng­land since age 18, at­tempt­ing to sat­isfy the el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments.

When the ECB re­duced their stip­u­la­tion from a seven-year wait to re­quire per­sons to be res­i­dent 210 days a year in the coun­try for three years, it served as an im­me­di­ate boost for Acher’s

World Cup chances.

Sus­sex said he was likely to qual­ify at some point in March this year, with the World Cup start­ing on May 30.

Archer said last month though he was thrilled by the prospect of rep­re­sent­ing Eng­land, he was not get­ting ahead of him­self.

“I’m a bit ex­cited. How­ever, that doesn’t guar­an­tee I’ll be se­lected this year or for any­thing up­com­ing as yet,” he said.

“If it hap­pens, it hap­pens. But I don’t want to think too far down the line. I’ve still got lots of cricket to play even be­fore then, so it makes no sense dwelling on that.”

Al­ready this year, Archer has been a stand-out for Ho­bart with five wick­ets in two matches as the fran­chise has made an un­beaten start to their cam­paign. (CMC)

(FP)

VIV RICHARDS: “Pak­istan and In­dia are two teams that can de­feat any­one. Aus­tralia is an­other great team.”

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