Jofra Archer’s introduction to Test cricket has been nothing short of memorable for England as they posted a series-levelling win against Australia in the fifth and final Ashes Test to end the summer on a high. Playing in his debut series, Archer picked up 22 Aussie wickets and played a pivotal role in the absence of veteran James Anderson to lead Englan’s fightback. Lauding Archer’s heroics, England vice-captain Ben Stokes believes young Barbados-born speedster can help them regain the Ashes when they travel to Australia next in 2021-22. Despite the draw, the visitors Australia retained the urn on basis of their 2017-18 series win over England.
The 24-year-old, who came to limelight after playing an integral role in England’s maiden World Cup win in June-July, unleashed his pace against the mighty Aussies and kept them on their toes throughout the four Test matches he played during the Ashes.
“I don’t think I’ve seen a more talented bowler in my time. It’s great to have him on your team. No doubt he is the sort of guy who can help get those Ashes back when we go down under (in 2021-22),” The Guardian quoted Stokes as saying.
“He’s got experience in that part of the world from playing in the Big Bash too, so he’ll feel comfortable going there and performing.
“When you can bowl 90mph and with the control that he’s got, then he is going to be a huge threat anywhere in the world,” he added.
Stokes further compared Archer to Australian pacer Pat Cummins, who turned to be the leading wicket-taker as with 29 victims in the series and said that he is expecting the Barbados-born player to improve in the times to come.
“It is very rare for a 24-year-old to be able to come in, be exposed to this environment and then step up and improve game by game as quickly as Jof is doing it,” said Stokes. “There is plenty more to come from him because he is so skilful and picks things up so quickly.”
England will now travel to New Zealand for five T20Is and two Test matches in late October.