Ben Stokes says Jofra Archer is the most “naturally gifted” bowler he has seen

by April 13th, 2019

England all-rounder Ben Stokes says Jofra Archer is the most “naturally gifted” bowler he has seen.

Uncapped Archer has played just 14 one-day matches in his career but is likely to be fast-tracked into England’s World Cup squad based on his performances in Twenty20 franchise cricket.

The 24 year old Barbados-born fast bowler Archer, qualifies for England through his English father and has a UK passport.

“Jofra makes any team better,” said Stokes, speaking on The Doosra podcast.

“He is the most naturally gifted bowler I’ve seen and I don’t think he realises how good he is.

“Some of the things he can do at the click of a finger are just ‘wow’. It’s pretty special to watch.

“You ask him to do something and he nails it straight away. To have somebody at the pace he bowls and the skills he has… the selectors are going to be scratching their heads and it’s a great time to be an England fan and an England player.”

Archer currently plays in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals, alongside Stokes and England limited-overs wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.