sport news Cricket news: Jofra Archer has more tricks up his sleeve for England

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For his next trick, Jofra Archer must somehow follow a World Cup-winning Super Over and a mind-boggling Test debut against Australia at Lord’s by firing England back into the Ashes.

No pressure, then, for this remarkable newcomer to international cricket who will be the centre of attention again at Headingley in a third Test England cannot afford to lose if they are to get their hands on that precious urn.

Not that Archer seems to be feeling under any pressure. His priority on arriving in Leeds was working out how to play his beloved Fortnite video game in his hotel room, and he seemed not to have a care in the world during practice.

Jofra Archer keeps spirits high as the pace ace balances a fitness ball on his head in training

Jofra Archer keeps spirits high as the pace ace balances a fitness ball on his head in training

Captain Joe Root believes England need to play to their strengths to beat Australia

Captain Joe Root believes England need to play to their strengths to beat Australia

There was Archer bowling left-arm spin, as he is wont to do in the nets, before showing the footballing prowess he apparently displays back in Brighton with his friends in a team imaginatively called Egg Fried Reus. All with a smile on his face, too.

But it will be with more extremely fast, skilful and, at times, brutal fast bowling that England hope Archer will make another dramatic impact against an Australia team without Steve Smith, who earned them their 1-0 lead at Edgbaston. 

Certainly Joe Root is as excited as anyone to discover what else arguably the best thing to happen to world cricket in years has up his sleeve, as the captain attempts to build on the momentum from Lord’s.

‘He’s one of those guys who just seems born for these occasions,’ said the England skipper of Archer ahead of surely the pivotal Test of this Ashes. 

‘Once you’ve got a Super Over in a World Cup final in your back pocket, it makes everything a bit easier.

‘He’s just a relaxed character who is unfazed by anything and he loved everything about last week. I could see that in conversations with him.

‘I’d say, “Give it everything for three overs and we’ll have a look”, and then two overs in he wanted four more. 

'Jofra wants to get out there and make things happen and that’s very impressive in a young man.’

The Test newcomer also impressed his team-mates with his footballing ability in the warm-up

The Test newcomer also impressed his team-mates with his footballing ability in the warm-up

And it is what Archer can do for the rest of the attack that is particularly exciting for an England team who have finally found a genuinely quick and hostile bowler who can propel them to a successful future, even if they did have to go to Barbados to find him. 

‘I’m intrigued to see how he kicks on from that start and how the rest of the guys work around him,’ added Root.

‘They will come into the game even more because of the way he’s bowling. No one has mentioned Stuart Broad has 10 wickets already in this series, which is a very impressive start by him.

‘Stuart is enjoying the fact Jofra is getting a lot of the headlines and he can just go about his business and do his thing. It’s important you dovetail as a bowling group and we did that exceptionally well last week.’

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