Archer stakes Lord's claim with six wickets
Jofra Archer warmed up for a possible Ashes debut with six wickets for Sussex second XI against Gloucestershire.
The 24-year-old paceman, who shone in England's recent World Cup victory, was omitted from the first Test and had to watch from the sidelines as the Three Lions were thrashed by Australia at Edgbaston.
James Anderson's calf injury saw Joe Root's side crying out for pace and, with the Lancastrian to miss next week's Lord's encounter, Archer is almost certain to get the nod.
It was revealed during the Birmingham encounter that he would play for his county's reserve side this week and he did not disappoint, claiming 6-27 as Gloucestershire 2nds were all out for just 79.
It is a three-day fixture at Woodman Cote and so the Barbados-born fast bowler will get another run-out before a possible five-day debut at headquarters against the Baggy Greens.
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