IT HAS been a long time since England have had a bowler who has the pace to genuinely unsettle opposition batsmen.
However, in Jofra Archer’s short international career, he has already shown that he has that ability.
The Barbadian-born seamer showed in both the IPL and Big Bash what he could bring to this England line-up and combined with what he’s done on the international stage already, it’s no surprise that the England selectors picked him at the first possible opportunity.
While those stints in the IPL and Big Bash will have given him plenty of big stage experience, you can never be sure how someone will react when when exposed to rigours of international cricket, but Archer has taken to it like a duck to water.
He’s taken wickets in every match he has played so far, though it was his performance against South Africa which I was particularly impressed with.
Having forced Hashim Amla to retire hurt after hitting him on the helmet with a vicious bouncer, he ripped through the Proteas’ middle-order, dismissing Aidan Markram, Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen.
Those wickets will have given him plenty of confidence and I fancy him to follow up against Pakistan today.
Pakistan were undone by short and hostile West Indian bowling in their opening match, so Archer will be licking his lips at the prospect of bowling at them here.
Buying the 24-year-old’s performance at 41 looks the way to go.
Sporting Index’s market rewards one point per run, 10 for a catch and 20 for a wicket and I expect him to have plenty of success against a low in confidence Pakistan side.
Buy Jofra Archer performance 41 (Sporting Index)