Jofra Archer has warned Australia that he “can’t wait” to lead Joe Root’s England attack in the Ashes (Series Winner – England 10/11, Australia 6/4, draw 13/2).
After becoming eligible for selection, the paceman was parachuted into the set-up ahead of the World Cup and justified his selection as the Three Lions lifted the trophy.
The 24-year-old took 20 wickets and his form throughout the tournament saw Eoin Morgan throw him the ball for the decisive ‘Super-Over’ that resulted in his side seeing off New Zealand in the recent final.
Archer (3/1 – England Top Ashes Series Wicket Taker) has enjoyed a brief break following his heroics but was back in action on Friday, taking 2-21 from his four overs for Sussex Sharks in their T20 Blast win against Surrey.
Speaking afterwards, the seamer revealed he has been battling an “excruciating” side strain which resulted in his play being rationed during the World Cup.
However, with the Ashes starting on Thursday, there is nowhere he would rather be than charging in at Edgbaston on his Test debut.
Selecting a rookie could be seen as a gamble by Root and the selectors, but Archer’s form, pace and confidence means he could be a star of the series.
Despite his lack of Test action, Archer’s red-ball record is good and he cannot wait to get the battle for the urn under way.
“I’m just ready to go out there and show the guys what I can do with a red ball,” he said. “I think my red-ball record is better than my white-ball record, so I just can’t wait to get the opportunity.”