Published On: Mon, Jul 22nd, 2019

Jofra Archer backed to become an England Test cricket star after World Cup | Cricket | Sport


Archer’s ability to deliver under pressure during the World Cup final proves that he can develop into one of the best players at Test level.

Although he only entered the international cricket scene earlier this year, he has a wealth of experience in the domestic and franchise game, which could be crucial for England ahead of the Ashes series.

Not only that, but at just 24-years-old, Archer could realistically be around the England Test squad for another 10 years.

And legendary bowler Anderson claims he could become a crucial member of the England Test team for many years to come.

“If a young guy comes into the team you try and help them settle, allow them to be comfortable and play in the way they want to play,” Anderson told Sky Sports.

“He hasn’t played much international cricket, but he’s played quite a lot of franchise cricket around the world, which has given him good experience and exposure to the best players in high-pressure situations.

“But still, to come into a World Cup final and deliver under that sort of pressure was amazing to see, especially for such a young guy.

“That for me just shows he’s got a great future ahead of him.”

Archer stepped up to bowl in the crucial World Cup final Super Over earlier this month.

Despite bowling a wide with his first ball, Archer held his nerve to help England beat New Zealand to the trophy.

He’s been left out of the England Test side to face Ireland on Wednesday (July 24) through a side strain injury.

But, the Barbados-born star is set to make his England debut in the opening Ashes Test match against Australia on August 1.

Anderson says he will help Archer settle into his new role within the squad.

The 36-year-old, who is also England’s record Test wicket-taker with 575, thinks the Ashes as a lot to live up to after the summer’s remarkable World Cup.

“I just hope it’s an entertaining series first and foremost for people watcher,” he said. “We’ve got a lot to live up to after that World Cup.

“That’s what both sides want to do – play entertaining, positive cricket. If you asked both sets of players, they will say the Ashes is the pinnacle for them in Test cricket.

“There’s always some added spice around it, some extra bit of niggle and stuff like that on the field, which is really exciting and makes for good viewing.”



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