Jofra Archer caps stellar summer with ECB central contract
Jofra Archer's rise in England cricket continues after being awarded an ECB central contract across all formats.
Barbados-born Archer only made his international debut in May shortly after he qualified to represent England and then went on to play a crucial role in the triumphant World Cup campaign and the Ashes series. He was among six players to receive both Test and white-ball contracts for the 2019-20 season, announced on Friday.
In all, the England selectors awarded 10 Test contracts and 12 white-ball contracts.
Opening batsman Rory Burns earned a Test contract after becoming the third-highest runscorer of the Ashes series with 390 runs from his 10 innings. Batsman Joe Denly - who missed out on World Cup selection after much discussion about his possible role as a spin-bowling all-rounder - was awarded his first white-ball contract.
Moeen Ali, who was dropped for the second Test against Australia and took no further part in the Ashes, missed out on a Test contract, as did Adil Rashid. Both had been contracted across all three formats last year but were awarded only limited-overs deals for next season. Rashid has not played since the World Cup final in July because of a right shoulder injury that required painkilling injections during the tournament.
Jason Roy, who battled to establish himself as a Test batsman through the Ashes was awarded only a white-ball contract.
James Anderson, whose Ashes campaign was ruined by a calf injury, retained his Test contract and World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan remains on a white-ball contract - confirming his intention to play on in ODI and T20I cricket.
Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett and David Willey missed out on white-ball contracts for 2019-20, with Plunkett voicing his disappointment at the decision
The selectors can also award a limited number of increment contracts, which went to Burns, Denly and Jack Leach for 2018-19 in recognition of their performances for the team through the current season. Leach and Tom Curran received increment contract for the 2019-20 year commencing on October 1.
BREAKING: Jofra Archer awarded an all-format contract by the ECB, Rory Burns and Joe Denly get Test and white-ball contracts for the first time.— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 20, 2019
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Incremental: Tom Curran, Jack Leach