Ashes 2019: Archer does not hold back in bid to prove fitness for second Test

With James Anderson ruled out of the second Ashes Test, Jofra Archer was out to prove his fitness as Sussex seconds took on Gloucestershire.

Jofra Archer bowling for Sussex second XI against Gloucestershire at Blackstone Cricket Ground on Tuesday.   -  Getty Images

Jofra Archer did not hold back in his bid to prove his fitness for the second Ashes Test, as Gloucestershire's batsmen will testify.

The England paceman, who was not selected for first Test at Edgbaston, where England lost by 251 runs, took part in the second XI match between Sussex and Gloucestershire on Tuesday, as he continues his recovery from a side strain.

The 24-year-old showed no signs of injury and seemed to be getting into his stride ahead of next week's second Test at Lord's.

With the ECB confirming on Tuesday that James Anderson will miss the match due to a calf injury, Archer looks set to take the place of England's record Test wicket-taker.

Archer showed no mercy to Gloucestershire's young batsmen, with the County Championship's official Twitter account sharing a video of the bowler charging in before delivering a wicked bouncer that even proved too hot to handle for Sussex's wicketkeeper.

 

England's World Cup star finished his first eight-over spell with two wickets for 18 runs, with two maidens.

He then took four more wickets in another four overs to end on 6-27 as Gloucestershire were bowled out for 79.