Jofra Archer wants to play Test cricket for England

Jofra Archer is certainly the man to watch out for in the future. Bowling at 150 clicks and using the long handle efficiently is a rare combination. It all depends on how his schedule is managed. He played the last of his eight Tests in 2015, in his native Barbados, and the last of his 31 ODIs in 2016. To represent England, he is left with the T20 format - and his most recent gig has been in New Zealand for Northern Districts, not quite the same cash or cache as the Big Bash or IPL. He stated it on the eve of England’s T20 international against Australia, is to play Test cricket again alongside Jofra Archer, the rising all-rounder who was born in Barbados and who plays for Sussex alongside Jordan, though he will not be qualified for England until 2022. “He has the desire (to play Test cricket for England). He says it himself. You can ask him. Again, he can only stay in the present and at this moment, in terms of high-level cricket, franchise cricket is providing that opportunity for him. By the time he is able to play international cricket, he’ll be hardened and know his game even better. He can come on the scene and flourish straightaway. “ It was not a good sign though when Archer, the overseas player for Hobart Hurricanes, seemed to freeze in the Big Bash final last week. He and his fellow Hurricane pace bowlers were reportedly told to bang the ball in short against Adelaide Strikers on their home ground - the Adelaide Oval having short square boundaries over which this bowling was regularly carted. Instead of finding a way to contain or take wickets, Archer was the most expensive bowler with 46 scored off his four overs. Meanwhile England have to win their last game of this tour in Australia, before flying to Wellington on Sunday for the second half of their tri-series. In their opening defeat by Australia in Hobart, England missed Ben Stokes just as much as in the Ashes, as they were left without an all-rounder, and had a long tail of five bowlers who could hit rather than bat. Now Jordan will have an England career ahead of him in all formats if he can fill Stokes’s boots.