After performing brilliantly in various tournaments, the England Cricket Board made changes to their rules to accommodate Archer in England’s squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The change paid off dividends as he proved to be the X-factor for the hosts.
Jofra Archer - Along the Years
Joined the Khulna Titans
Joined the Hobart Hurricanes
Joined the Quetta Gladiators
Joined the Rajasthan Royals
ODI debut against Ireland
T20I debut against Pakistan
Won the ICC World Cup 2019
Test debut against Australia
Domestic or T20 League Records
Picked up a hat-trick in the T20 Blast 2018 for Sussex against Middlesex
As a youngster, he played for the West Indies U19 team when he began his journey as a professional cricketer. After he crossed the age limit for U19 cricket, he moved to England to play in the County Championship and make a name for himself.
He was picked by Sussex cricket team and made his First Class debut in 2016. A couple of weeks later, he also made his List A debut in the Royal London One-Day Cup. He played well for them and was picked by the Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League in the 2017 edition.
IPL and other T20 Leagues Career
He had a good BPL 2017 for the Titans. He picked up 10 wickets and scored 87 runs in 9 innings. His batting strike rate was a whopping 164.15. Due to his performances in this tournament and in domestic cricket, he bagged a BBL contract with the Hobart Hurricanes in the same year.
Days after finishing his stint with the Titans, he debuted for the Hurricanes in the Big Bash League 2017/18. He played in all 12 matches and was their highest wicket-taker. He picked 16 wickets at a strike rate of less than 3 overs per wicket. He was the only bowler for the ‘Men In Purple’ to bowl a maiden over in the tournament.
He then participated in another T20 league, the Pakistan Super League. He played for the Quetta Gladiators in 2018. He got to play only 2 games, but still picked up 5 wickets at an economy of 6.62. By then, he had grabbed the attention of the scouts of the biggest T20 league in the world, the IPL.
He played his first match in the Indian Premier League for the Rajasthan Royals in 2018. They had spent £8,00,000 (approximately 72,144,800 INR) on the 22-year-old. He had the value for money as he ended up as their highest wicket-taker with 15 wickets in 10 innings at a strike rate of just 15.53.
He continued his form in BBL 2018/19 as he once again ended up as the highest wicket-taker for the Hurricanes. He picked up 18 wickets in 15 games.
He showed a bit of a dip in form in the next IPL. He could manage only 11 wickets in 11 matches in the 2019 edition as the Royals finished at the penultimate position.
The ECB had a rule, according to which, a player who has moved to England after the age of 18, could represent England in international cricket only after living in the country for at least 7 years. Therefore, Archer was not eligible to play until 2022. However, because of his aforementioned performances, the ECB were prompted to make changes to the rules in order to make him available for the World Cup 2019.
As a result, Archer made his international debut against Ireland in Dublin in May 2019. He picked up 1/40 and began his ODI career on a good note. England cricket team won the match by 4 wickets after chasing 199.
A couple of days later, he also made his T20I debut against Pakistan at Cardiff. The visitors scored 173 batting first. Archer took 2/29 in his 4 overs. England chased down the target with 7 wickets in hand and 7 balls to spare.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 started in a few days time and Archer hit the ground running. He was the third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament and the highest for England. He picked 20 wickets in just 11 matches. He also bowled the all-important super over of the most dramatic World Cup Final till date. ECB’s decision to change the rules proved to be crucial as England won their first-ever World Cup trophy at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. After the tournament ended, the ICC named him as the rising star of the squad.
Just 3 weeks after the Final, Archer made his Test debut in the 2nd Ashes Test at Lord’s. It was a low-scoring encounter as England scored 258 twice and Australia chased down 267 in the second innings with 4 wickets in hand. Archer scored 12 runs in the first innings. He picked up 2/59 and 3/32 in both innings. He played the next three Tests as well and reached a total of 22 wickets in 4 Tests including a couple of five-wicket hauls.
After the series ended, Archer earned his first central contract by the ECB.
Jofra’s father Frank Archer is an English national and mother Joelle Waithe is Barbadian. He got the citizenship of England through his father.