Jofra Archer Test debut: The English fast bowler fast bowler received his Test cap from fellow English pacer Chris Jordan.
While there was no doubt about the possibility of the same, England have now officially handed a Test debut to fast bowler Jofra Archer. With veteran fast bowler James Anderson being ruled out of the second Test, uncapped Archer was always going to be his replacement at Lord’s.
It was amidst a victorious campaign in the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 that Archer impressed one and all with his expertise. In 11 ODIs, Archer dismissed 20 batsmen at an average of 23.05, an economy rate of 4.57 and a strike rate of 30.2.
Had it not been a side strain, Archer might have well made his Test debut in the first Test at Edgbaston. Englan cricket team conducted a usual ceremony of handing a debutant Archer player with his Test cap.
Archer received his Test cap from fellow England fast bowler Chris Jordan. Test caps are generally awarded by former players or the senior-most player in the team. Jordan (78 matches for England across formats) presenting the Test cap to Archer saw a lot of questions being raised.
Jofra Archer Test debut
Archer’s video of receiving the Test cap from Jordan pretty much contains the answers to the questions being raised. The commentators are heard giving the explanation regarding the same.
Much like Jordan, Archer also hails from Barbados and ended up playing for Sussex. It is believed that the cricketers from West Indies are the best of friends and that it was on Archer’s request that Jordan was allowed to hand him the Test cap.
Jofra Archer receives his first England cap from fellow fast-bowler Chris Jordan 🧢
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) August 14, 2019
While Archer’s debut came as an intriguing development, what hasn’t been liked by many fans around the world is the fact that no play has been possible since morning at Lord’s. The rain has poured to an extent that not even the toss could take place in the second Test.