Unlike most big-built Barbadian fast bowlers of the past, Jofra Archer is light on his feet and very, very fit. With a short, smooth run up and an action that isn’t complicated, he bowls regularly, and consistently, at over 145 kmph and his bouncers tend to skid off the track. He also has the ability to bowl deceptively quick toe-crushers and to get the odd ball to seam off the spongy, English tracks.
England vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Menacing Jofra Archer's X-factor lies in his novelty
Archer is economical, building from a jog into a dash, but never sprinting, mostly silent. His action seems less a menacing trebuchet, ready to tear down your walls, and more like a friendly rubber band stretched across your thumb.
The Final Word, World Cup 2019 Podcast: Listen to Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins as they discuss England's resounding win over South Africa
Listen to The Final Word podcast where Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins discuss England's 104-run win over South Africa in the opening match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
England vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jofra Archer's blow to Hashim Amla swings tournament opener decisively in hosts' favour as Proteas succumb to tame loss
South Africa stumbled about concussed, slow to grasp the fact that England’s bowlers have learned from their’s, and unable to come to terms with Jofra’s pace and the creativity of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali. And it all started with that blow coped by Hashim Amla.
England vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes' dream game to Jofra Archer's memorable arrival, key moments from tournament opener
England's win over South Africa was their biggest in terms of runs against a Full-Member nation at the World Cup since 2003, and it set the ball rolling, quite perfectly, for a summer where they’re hoping 'cricket comes home'. Here’s a look at the most defining — and lasting — moments from the opening game of the ICC World Cup 2019.
England vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: 'That wasn't my best catch,' says Ben Stokes after producing gem at the ropes
"Nah, that one was against the Aussies (Ashes 2015) , so that one ranks higher!" remarked Stokes on being asked if the catch he took to dismiss South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo.
England vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes' all-round brilliance gives hosts ideal head start in opener
Aside from his batting, Stokes is good enough to play as a fifth bowler, even if he is the sixth choice with the ball in this England line-up. There are few cricketers in the world who can bat, bowl and field with his amount of combined ability.
England vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: 'Catch of the tournament', 'Insane', Twitter reacts to Ben Stokes' stunning catch in tournament opener
Twitter was in awe of Ben Stokes' insane catch during the England vs South Africa tournament opener.
England vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes' all-round show helps hosts thrash Proteas in tournament opener
Ben Stokes starred in all departments as England began their quest to win the World Cup with a 104-run thrashing of South Africa in the tournament opener at the Oval on Thursday.
Highlights, England vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match, Full cricket score: England win opener by 104 runs
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 1 England vs South Africa Live Updates: Stokes concedes eight runs off the first three deliveries of his third over, including a boundary to Rabada off the first delivery, but the New Zealand-born all-rounder wraps it up by dismissing Rabada and Tahir off successive deliveries to finish with figures of 2/12. South Africa's innings doesn't last 40 overs in the end, as they crumble to a 104-run loss in the end. Superb start for the tournament hosts, who have been heavily favoured to end their World Cup hoodoo this time around.
England vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match Preview: Confident hosts face Dale Steyn-less Proteas in tournament opener
England will put four years of planning to the test when they face South Africa in the opening match of the 2019 World Cup at the Oval on Thursday.
Faf du Plessis draws former South Africa players' ire for indulging AB de Villers on Test unavailability
After returning from a 1-3 Test series defeat to England, South Africa Test skipper Faf du Plessis declared that de Villiers had "earned the right to do whatever he wants to".
Moeen Ali shone with both bat and ball in England's four-Test series against South Africa. Both teams used 14 players during the course of the series, a look at how they fared.
England vs South Africa: Moeen Ali credits 'amazing' Saqlain Mushtaq for record-breaking show in Test series
Moeen Ali has paid tribute to the "amazing" Saqlain Mushtaq for his role in helping the England all-rounder enjoy a record-breaking Test series against South Africa.
England vs South Africa: Faf du Plessis encouraged by positive talk about potential head coach Ottis Gibson
Faf du Plessis said South Africa had to get ready for a future where former captain de Villiers no longer played Test cricket.
South Africa are starting to show that they haven't filled the AB de Villiers sized hole left in their Test middle-order, especially in light of their 1-3 Test series loss to England.
Here are some photo highlights from England's series win over South Africa on Day 4 of the fourth Test at Old Trafford.
After almost four gruelling months on the road, South Africa will probably simply be relieved to be finally heading home.
England vs South Africa: Joe Root delighted by fantastic team performance despite periods of adversity
Joe Root's first series as England captain ended with a convincing 177-run victory in the fourth Test at Old Trafford.
England vs South Africa: Moeen Ali is on course to becoming 'world-class' spinner, says Trevor Bayliss
Ali completed a brilliant campaign by taking two wickets in two balls as England won the fourth Test at Old Trafford by 177 runs shortly after tea on Monday's fourth day.