ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England's Jofra Archer 'not nervous' in build-up to blockbuster finale against New Zealand

Jofra Archer, whose father is English, made his international debut in May after changes to the England and Wales Cricket Board's residency rules saw him become eligible sooner than expected

Agence France-Presse, Jul 12, 2019 23:05:19 IST

Birmingham: Jofra Archer says he will have no problems keeping his cool even during a World Cup final that comes just over two months after his England debut.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Englands Jofra Archer not nervous in build-up to blockbuster finale against New Zealand

File image of Jofra Archer. Reuters

The 24-year-old Barbados-born fast bowler, whose father is English, made his international debut in May after changes to the England and Wales Cricket Board's residency rules saw him become eligible sooner than expected.

He has now taken an England-record 19 wickets at a World Cup to help the hosts into Sunday's final against New Zealand at Lord's.

The Sussex paceman played a key role in England's eight-wicket semi-final thrashing of Australia at Edgbaston on Thursday, trapping captain Aaron Finch lbw with his first ball of the match before a well-disguised slower delivery deceived dangerman Glenn Maxwell.

England have never won the World Cup and made the last of their three losing appearances in the final in 1992 — before Archer was born.

Archer, however, is determined the showpiece occasion at the 'home of cricket' will not overwhelm him. "I don't think it's really sunk in yet. But the calmer you are the better you are in these situations," he said.

"I just think I've always been like this. I try not to get nervous because then you end up doing stuff that you are not really supposed to do. Butterflies? Not really. Even when we were at breakfast before Australia. I may be wrong but I don't think anyone looked nervous. Everyone just looked focused by the time we got into the ground. It's those little things that make you feel like the guys are really ready," said Archer.

Archer's ability to bowl at a sharp pace in seemingly effortless fashion makes him a tough customer to face, particularly when he unleashes a bouncer with no change to a relaxed action.

Alex Carey misjudged such a delivery on Thursday, a short ball from Archer knocking off his helmet and cutting him on the chin before the patched-up wicketkeeper carried on.

"Sometimes you don't always mean to hit them. It can be a wicket-taking ball or a dot ball. When it hits them you feel a little bit bad for doing it but it's cricket," explained Archer.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has forecast that Archer will make a Test debut in the Ashes series against Australia that starts at Edgbaston next month.

But Archer, who has been managing a side injury in recent games, said talk of a Test call-up could wait.

"After Sunday, I'll probably answer that but for now I'm just focusing on trying to win the final. I'll keep soldiering on. I have been for a few games now and it's not got any worse. I was probably going to rest anyway but I don't think Sussex are going to flog me right now," he said.

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Updated Date: Jul 12, 2019 23:05:19 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254