Archer — The New Weapon In England's Armoury
The Hindu|July 28, 2019
Archer — The New Weapon In England's Armoury

Stokes re-appointed vice-captain; Anderson returns from injury

Uncapped fast bowler Jofra Archer has been included in England's 14-man squad announced on Saturday for next week's Ashes opener against Australia, with allrounder Ben Stokes re-appointed vice-captain.

The pair enjoyed starring roles in England's World Cup final win over New Zealand at Lord's on July 14, with allrounder Stokes ensuring England drew level with the Black Caps total in regulation play before Archer bowled the decisive Super Over that sealed victory.

Quick strides

Archer, 24, who qualified to play for England only earlier this year, could now make his Test debut when the first of a five-match series starts at Edgbaston on August 1.

He carried a side strain through the World Cup but reported fit after a brief holiday in his native Barbados, returning to action for Sussex on Friday, where he took two for 21 in a tied Twenty20 Blast match against Surrey.

Since making his senior debut in 2016, Archer has taken 131 wickets in 28 First Class matches at an average of 23.44.

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July 28, 2019