First a six-for, now a century: Jofra Archer renews bid for maiden Test cap

Widely expected to replace James Anderson for the second Ashes Test, Jofra Archer pressed his case in some style on Tuesday.

Jofra Archer scored a 99-ball 108 for Sussex against Gloucestershire XI.   -  Getty Images

Jofra Archer further pressed his claim to replace England's James Anderson in the second Ashes Test by following up his six-wicket spell for Sussex's second XI with a century.

The Barbados-born fast bowler is widely expected to fill the void left by Anderson, who has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia at Lord's because of a calf problem that limited him to four overs in the first Test defeat at Edgbaston.

Archer lacks match practice with the red ball having battled through England's triumphant Cricket World Cup campaign with a side strain.

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After being left out of the 251-run loss, Archer was released to Sussex to play in its seconds' match with Gloucestershire and made a devastating impact on Tuesday.

He took 6-27 from 12.1 overs with the ball as Gloucestershire were skittled for just 79 and then showed his superiority over the opposition with the willow, with a monstrous 108 off 99 balls which included four sixes.

Despite the seismic gap in the quality of opponent, Archer's performance should make it tough for England to omit him from the team for the second Test, which starts next Wednesday.

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