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Archer receives high praises from Steyn


Since making his international debut in May 2019, England star Jofra Archer has become one of the most important players of his side across formats.Archer receives high praises from Steyn

But while Archer needed some time to prove his worth to the world, it took only two deliveries from the England star Jofra Archer for the South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn to come to the conclusion that he is going to be a “phenomenal” player.

And Steyn was talking about the time that even dates back to Archer’s development while playing in the County Championship. According to Steyn, it was clear even then that Archer possessed the unique and most valuable ability to become a world-class bowler some day.

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“He is phenomenal, he is great. Fast bowling is not an easy thing to do. He makes it look so easy,” said Steyn.

Then the Proteas pacer revealed how he had first got to know of Archer. “A couple of years ago [former Sussex coach Mark] Davis told me that I had to watch this guy because he is amazing.

“I saw him bowl two balls in the county circuit and I said ‘this guy is going to be great’. World Cup winner already – the rest is history.”

So far Archer’s rise as an international cricketer has indeed been nothing short of extraordinary. First he played a big role in helping England lift their maiden 50-over World Cup, and then kept the momentum in his debut Ashes series as well. So far he has grabbed 30 wickets from the seven Tests he played.

Unfortunate for Archer that the 24-year-old’s rise has been temporarily halted by an elbow injury sustained during England’s recent tour of South Africa. As a result of the setback Archer has been ruled out of England’s tour of Sri Lanka next month, and he is also likely to miss the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL).

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