LONDON, (CMC) – Sussex have moved quickly to tie down Barbadian all-rounder Jofra Archer until the end of the 2020 season, following his outstanding performances in the County season which wrapped up last Thursday.
The 22-year-old played a handful of matches at the end of last season with resounding success, forcing Sussex to sign him until the end of the 2017 season.
And after a campaign which yielded a remarkable 638 runs and 61 wickets, Archer will now remain in the south-east for the next three seasons.
“I’m very excited to be included in the long-term plans of the club. Recently a couple of the other young players have signed new contracts so it’s great to be part of the club’s exciting future,” Archer said.
The former West Indies Under-19, who has never played first class cricket for Barbados, led Sussex’s bowling, playing all but one match of the entire Championship season.
Bowling with pace and movement, he picked up four five-wicket hauls including a best of seven for 67 against Kent at Hove, in what was just his eighth first class match.
The right-arm seamer produced best match figures of 11 for 137 against Leicestershire at Grace Road.
He also impressed with his aggressive lower order batting, averaging 45 and gathering five half-centuries, including a top score of 81 not out against Northamptonshire earlier last month.
“I think this is the best start anyone could have had to their career, let alone any year. To have it at the start of my career, it’s just been really humbling to be honest,” Archer said.
Director of Cricket, Keith Greenfield, said the player had surpassed expectations and had a bright future with the club.
“Since Jofra’s been at Sussex he has achieved everything we could have expected and more,” Greenfield said.
“We look forward to a bright future developing Jofra both on and off the field, whilst helping him achieve his international ambitions and ultimately winning trophies with us.”
Overall this season, Archer grabbed 91 wickets and scored 805 runs.
He was awarded his County cap during the interval on the penultimate day of the last round match against Nottinghamshire.