Archer rewarded with England central contract

By Nasri Alexander - 20 September 2019Views : 177

Fast bowler Jofra Archer has capped off a steller first season in international cricket by being given an England central contract.

The Barbados-born Archer, who only became eligible to play for his adopted country in March, was England's leading wicket-taker in their triumphant World Cup campaign.

The 24-year-old then took 22 wickets at an average of 20.27 in four Ashes Tests against Australia that saw the series being drawn 2-2.

Archer is one of 10 players to receive a Test deal for the 2019/20 season. Another is opener Rory Burns, who cemented his spot at the top of the order with some battling performances in the Ashes.

Spin duo Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid have lost their central Test contracts but are in a list of 12, also including Joe Denly, to be handed less lucrative white-ball deals.

Moeen was dropped from the World Cup side towards the end of the group stages before a dismal showing in the Ashes opener. He did not appear for the rest of the series.

Rashid was a regular for England in the Test side last year but lost his place during the winter tour of the West Indies and was out with an injury against Australia, although he is a regular in captain Eoin Morgan's white-ball set-up.

Test contracts: J. Anderson (Lancashire), J. Archer (Sussex), J. Bairstow (Yorkshire), S. Broad (Nottinghamshire), R. Burns (Surrey), J. Buttler (Lancashire), S. Curran (Surrey), J. Root (Yorkshire), B. Stokes (Durham), C. Woakes (Warwickshire)

White-ball contracts: M. Ali (Worcestershire), J. Archer (Sussex), J. Bairstow (Yorkshire), J. Buttler (Lancashire), J. Denly (Kent), E. Morgan (Middlesex), A. Rashid (Yorkshire), J. Root (Yorkshire), J. Roy (Surrey), B. Stokes (Durham), C. Woakes (Warwickshire), M. Wood (Durham)

Increment contracts: T. Curran (Surrey), J. Leach (Somerset)