Jofra Archer

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Jofra Archer
Australia captain wicketkeeper Tim Paine and spin bowler Nathan Lyon of Australia discuss tactics as Jofra Archer walks to the wicket on Day 4 of the 3rd Test of the 2019 Ashes at Headingley (48630967226) (Archer cropped).jpg
Archer during the 2019 Ashes
Personal information
Full nameJofra Chioke Archer
Born (1995-04-01) 1 April 1995 (age 25)
Bridgetown, Barbados
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
BowlingRight-arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 693)14 August 2019 v Australia
Last Test24 February 2021 v India
ODI debut (cap 252)3 May 2019 v Ireland
Last ODI16 September 2020 v Australia
T20I debut (cap 83)5 May 2019 v Pakistan
Last T20I1 December 2020 v South Africa
Domestic team information
2016–presentSussex (squad no. 22)
2017Khulna Titans
2017/18–2018/19Hobart Hurricanes (squad no. 22)
2018Quetta Gladiators
2018–2020Rajasthan Royals (squad no. 22)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 13 17 42 31
Runs scored 155 27 1,199 219
Batting average 7.75 6.75 23.05 18.25
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/6 0/0
Top score 30 8* 81* 45
Balls bowled 2,609 911 8,748 1,642
Wickets 42 30 178 51
Bowling average 31.04 24.00 25.09 26.76
5 wickets in innings 3 0 8 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 1 0
Best bowling 6/45 3/27 7/67 5/42
Catches/stumpings 2/– 5/– 21/– 9/–
Source: Cricinfo, 25 February 2021

Jofra Chioke Archer (born 1 April 1995) is a Barbadian-born English cricketer representing England and Sussex. In April 2019, Archer was selected to play for the England team in limited overs fixtures against Ireland and Pakistan. He made his international debut for England in May 2019, and was part of the England squad that won the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He then made his Test debut later that summer, against Australia in the 2019 Ashes series. In April 2020, Archer was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.

Early life and England eligibility[edit]

Jofra Chioke Archer was born on 1 April 1995 in Bridgetown, Barbados.[2] His father Frank Archer is English and his mother Joelle Waithe is Barbadian.[3][4] He holds British citizenship through his father.[5][6][7] He moved to England in 2015, and initially would not have been eligible to play for England until the winter of 2022. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) rules stated that as he did not live in England until after his 18th birthday, he needed to complete a seven-year residency period. Archer played for West Indies Under-19s three times in 2014, but had signalled his intention to make himself available to England once his residency period was complete.[8] However, in November 2018, the ECB announced a change to its rules, reducing the eligibility period from seven years to three to bring it into line with ICC regulations.[9][10]

Domestic and franchise career[edit]

On 8 July 2016 he made his first-class debut for Sussex during Pakistan's tour of England.[11] On 24 July 2016, he made his List A debut against Gloucestershire in the 2016 Royal London One-Day Cup.[12]

In January 2018, he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 IPL auction for £800,000.[13] On 22 April 2018, against the Mumbai Indians on his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut, he took three wickets and was named the player of the match.[14][15][16]

On 2 August 2018, during the 2018 t20 Blast match against Middlesex, Archer took a hat-trick in the final over of the game.[17]

International career[edit]

In April 2019, Archer was named in England's squads for the limited overs series against Pakistan and the one-off One Day International (ODI) against Ireland.[18][19] He made his ODI debut for England against Ireland on 3 May 2019.[20][21][22] He made his Twenty20 International debut for England against Pakistan on 5 May 2019.[23]

Archer was not included in England's preliminary squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff said he would drop "anyone" from the squad to include Archer.[24] On 21 May 2019, England finalised their squad for the World Cup, with Archer named in the final fifteen-man squad.[25] He played in all England's matches,[26][27] as they went on to win the Cricket World Cup,[28] with Archer bowling the super over, after the match ended in a tie in the final against New Zealand.[29] Following the World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Archer as the rising star of the squad.[30] The ICC also included Archer in their CWC2019 Team of the Tournament, praising his new ball bowling and his bowling at the death of the innings.[31]

In July 2019, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) named Archer in England's fourteen-man Test squad for the first match of the 2019 Ashes series.[32] However, he was omitted from England's final eleven for the match, after continuing rehabilitation from an injury.[33] Archer was again named in the twelve-man squad for the second Ashes Test,[34] and made his Test debut in the match.[35] He took his first wicket in Test cricket, dismissing Australia's opener Cameron Bancroft.[36] On the first day of the third Test, Archer took his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket, finishing with figures of 6 for 45, with Australia being dismissed for 179 runs.[37] Following the conclusion of the Ashes, Archer was handed his first central contract by the ECB.[38] In April 2020, Archer was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year.[39]

On 29 May 2020, Archer was named in a 55-man group of players to begin training ahead of international fixtures starting in England following the COVID-19 pandemic.[40][41] On 17 June 2020, Archer was included in England's 30-man squad to start training behind closed doors for the Test series against the West Indies.[42][43] On 4 July 2020, Archer was named in England's thirteen-man squad for the first Test match of the series.[44][45] However, on the morning of the second Test, Archer was dropped from England's squad for the fixture, after he breached biosecurity protocols.[46] As a result, he was placed in isolation for five days,[47] fined, and given a written warning by the ECB.[48]


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  29. ^ Alan Gardner (14 July 2019). "Epic final tied, Super Over tied, England win World Cup on boundary count". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
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  31. ^ "CWC19: Team of the Tournament". ICC. 15 July 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
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  38. ^ "Jofra Archer handed first ECB central contract". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  39. ^ "Stokes, Perry claim top Wisden honours for 2019". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  40. ^ "England Men confirm back-to-training group". England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
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  43. ^ "Moeen Ali back in Test frame as England name 30-man training squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
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  46. ^ "Jofra Archer excluded from second England-West Indies Test". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
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