Hobart Hurricanes cult hero Jofra Archer is eager to pay the club back for the chance it took on him, citing his desire to remain a Hurricane in pursuit of success.
Archer has emerged as a fan favourite since joining the Hurricanes, with his relatively unknown status prior to the tournament now contrasted by his presence as one of the tournament’s breakout stars.
From ‘Jofra’ chants echoing across Blundstone Arena to being asked for photos and autographs, Archer concedes he is still getting used to his newfound fame.
“It is really flattering… Back in England I never got recognised on the street.
"It is really surprising that people actually put so much interest into my cricket,” Archer said.
Archer has played a crucial role in the Hurricanes’ campaign to date, taking nine wickets at a strike rate of 18 and economy of seven, on top of four crucial catches in the field.
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With expected Indian Premier League interest and his eventual goal of representing England at a national level, Archer could be excused for looking at what the future holds, but he maintains that his sole focus for the moment is on his duties as a Hurricane.
“I try not to think too far down the line because there is a lot of cricket still to be played, but my main focus is to get Hobart into the finals.”
“Hobart took a chance on me and I would like to stay here as long as possible,” Archer said.
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The 22-year-old insists confidence is high in the group, particularly after the thrilling victory over the Brisbane Heat on Wednesday night, but is aware that the coming matches are all going to be difficult tasks.
“Everyone is going to come really hard into this game.
“We want to go unbeaten for the new year. This match could really start a charge for a semifinals spot- hopefully we can beat them convincingly here,” he said.
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