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With Jofra Archer having taken the Big Bash League (BBL) by storm, the Hobart Hurricanes have rewarded him with a new two-year deal.
Archer was chosen as a late replacement for England seamer Tom Curran, who was called up to represent England in the Ashes series against Australia.
With his 15 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 19.66 and acrobatic fielding having wooed the crowds in the BBL, the Hurricanes have decided to invest in the 22-year-old for the next two seasons of the tournament.
“I’m very excited to be staying. I’ve grown to love Hobart – it’s a really nice place,” Archer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “The home supporters really make you feel welcome and they back you in. Especially that last over against the Strikers, it was one of the best atmospheres I’ve bowled in.
“The Big Bash is a really great competition to play in and to learn.”
Archer revealed that the Hurricanes had asked him to sign a contract extension a couple of weeks ago.
“I think it was after the game against the Adelaide Strikers at Blundstone Arena that the Hurricanes came to my management and said they wanted to re-sign me,” he said.
When asked how he felt about being a cult figure in Australia, Archer said: “It means a lot. It’s a bit different from England – they support you on the field but you don’t get recognised much off the field.
“Whereas here whenever you go down the street, everyone is saying ‘well bowled’ or ‘nice catch’, which is heart-warming really.”
Archer’s exploits on the field earned him a massive Indian Premier League (IPL) contract as he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals for INR 7.2 crores during the player auction over the weekend.
With the Hurricanes having qualified for the BBL semi-finals, they will take on the Perth Scorchers, who are the defending champions, on February 1.