Jofra Archer grabbed all the headlines at the conclusion of the second Ashes Test despite the match ending in a draw. The Barbados-born quick exhibited a fiery display of fast bowling to tame the Australian batsmen and at one stage, looked likely to lead England towards an improbable win.
The standout aspect of Archer’s blistering pace was his ability to consistently dish out short-pitched deliveries that often struck the helmets of the opposition batsmen. However, the 24-year-old should ideally never have debuted for England and instead donned the Maroon jersey of West Indies – a fact rued by former pacer Tino Best.
Best labeled seeing Archer’s defection to England as a heartbreaking sight and pleaded with his country’s cricket board to start respecting the young talent and nourishing them well. In the past, Archer was fast-tracked into the West Indies Under-19 side but failed to garner a spot in the World Cup squad that eventually drove him to emigrate to England.