Sunday Mirror

STOKES & ARCHER GET AUSSIE SEAL OF AP­PROVAL

- RICHARD ED­WARDS Sports · Cricket · Indian Premier League · England national football team · England · Andrew McDonald · Ben Stokes · Australia · Rajasthan Royals · Mumbai Indians · Mumbai · Kolkata Knight Riders

STARS Stokes & Archer have been shin­ing in IPL

AUSTRALIAN­S aren’t fa­mous for heap­ing praise on Eng­land crick­eters.

But An­drew Mc­Don­ald is pre­pared to make an ex­cep­tion for Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes.

The Aus­tralia as­sis­tant coach has seen the pair close up dur­ing the In­dian Premier League in his role as their head coach at the Ra­jasthan Roy­als.

Archer has en­joyed a mag­nif­i­cent tour­na­ment, bowl­ing reg­u­larly at over 90mph and boast­ing one of the best econ­omy rates. Stokes has shone too, and hit his first cen­tury for the Roy­als against the

Mum­bai In­di­ans last week, smash­ing 107 not out off just 60 balls.

Mc­Don­ald said: “Ben is a three-di­men­sional player. You talk about the X-Fac­tor and Ben is in­volved in all three facets of the game, bat­ting, bowl­ing and field­ing. So he can re­ally in­flu­ence matches.

“As for Jofra, he has been amaz­ing. He’s a gen­uine wicket-taker, he’s got ball-speed — and when he’s got the ball in his hand any­thing can hap­pen.

“I’ve also been re­ally, re­ally im­pressed with the work he puts into his lower-or­der bat­ting.”

Watch the Ra­jasthan Roy­als take on Kolkata Knight Rid­ers in the team’s next IPL match on Sky Sports, from 2pm to­day

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