Jofra Archer is in line to make his Test debut as England face Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. @AFP

Having played a key role in England‘s maiden World Cup triumph, Jofra Archer is now set to make his Test debut as England take on Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, starting on Wednesday.

With the veteran pacer James Anderson is ruled out of the second Test due to calf injury, Archer is expected to partner Stuart Broad with the new ball.

While Archer will be playing his first Test if he makes his debut at Lord’s, Jos Buttler has thrown his weight behind the Barbados-born cricketer, backing him to succeed in the longest format of the game.


“He’s got that x-factor, hasn’t he? I think in his short international career so far we’ve seen what an impact he’s had,” Buttler was quoted as saying by

“He’s got amazing skills with the white ball but talking to him I think he prefers bowling with a red one,” added Buttler.

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Archer, who was initially picked in the squad for the first Ashes Test, was later released and he made the most as he scalped six wickets and scored a hundred in Sussex’s Second XI’s game against Gloucestershire last Tuesday.

Buttler said that Archer brings an x’factor to the game, no matter which format he plays and it will be really exciting to see him in Test cricket.

“He just brings that x-factor to every game that he’s played in, whether it’s T20 and one-dayers. It’s really exciting for the world to see him in the Test arena,” concluded Buttler.