Jofra Archer claims six-fer and smashes century for Sussex XI
With a six-fer and a smashing century on the card in a warm up game for Sussex XI against Gloucestershire at Blackstone on Tuesday, young English paceman Jofra Archer has exhibited his fitness in style before the second Ashes Test.
It was an ultimate all-round showdown from Archer who had been left out of the Ashes squad on account of fitness trouble earlier. The 24-year old took 6-27 bowling 12.1 overs and then hammered 108 off 99 balls.
After wiping out Gloucestershire with a remarkable six-fer, Archer came down to bat at number six when Sussex were languishing losing 4 in 52-4.
He blasted 12 fours and four sixes on the way to his hundred.
With James Anderson sidelined by a calf injury, the Caribbean-born Archer, now, is highly probable to be in line to make his Test debut at Lord’s next week.
England lost the first Ashes Test by 251-run against Australia in Birmingham despite having a great start in the match.
Sussex’s coach Jason Gillespie said that Archer “has to play” at Lord’s.
“I was surprised he didn’t play the first Test, to be perfectly blunt,” Gillespie told. It’s easy to say that in hindsight, but he’s 100 percent fit, ready to go.
“He had to start the first Test, but the powers that be decided he wasn’t quite ready. They thought he’d not played enough red-ball cricket … but the same people were saying he hadn’t played enough 50-over cricket and he’s gone and been the leading [England] wicket-taker in the World Cup.
“He adds another dimension to this England bowling attack – he’s got pace, bounce, movement off the seam, through the air. Four or five-day cricket is his best format, so appreciate how good he is,”
— Sussex Cricket (@SussexCCC) August 6, 2019