T20 sensation Jofra Archer worth the wait for England, says Chris Jordan
While Jordan attempts not to feed the hype around his 22-year-old team-mate, he cannot hide his own excitement.
Updated - Feb 11, 2018 4:08 pm
Jofra Archer, the hottest young property in T20 cricket can live up to his hype, believes the man responsible for bringing Archer into English cricket, Chris Jordan. Jordan says Archer will be worth the wait if he goes on to fulfil his dream of playing for the England national team.
The pacer was impressed after witnessing the all-rounder in a net session. He was quick to inform the Sussex faithful of the availability of Archer and the rest is history. The 22-year-old also would not have figured in the Big Bash League if England hadn’t opted to pick Tom Curran for the Ashes.
The Sussex cricketer, who made a lot of headlines all through the Big Bash League (BBL), also bagged a lucrative deal with IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the upcoming edition. The Barbadian will be seen playing alongside England’s Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler after becoming a million dollar buy. RR splashed out $1.125m (£793,200) to get his signature on the dotted lines.
England would pray Archer doesn’t change his mind until 2022
Archer, however, remains ineligible for England until the winter of 2022, when he would have completed a seven-year residency period. With such a long wait ahead of him before qualifying to play for England, there has been speculation Archer might be tempted to forfeit his ambitions, abandoning residency stipulations to travel the world in pursuit of T20 deals.
Thus, England can only hope and pray that he doesn’t change his mind until 2022 when he becomes eligible to play for them, while the West Indies will be looking to lure him in before the qualifiers for the 2019 World Cup.
Jordan feels it will be worth the wait for Archer
While Jordan attempts not to feed the hype around his 22-year-old team-mate, he cannot hide his own excitement. According to the Daily Mail, Jordan said, “He was made for the big stage. He’s so hungry for it. The sky is the limit for him. Is he worth the wait? Definitely. I just don’t want too much expectation to go on him.”
He added, “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.”