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Matthew Wade questions Jofra Archer’s loyalty over possible Adelaide Strikers transfer 

Matthew Wade questions Jofra Archer’s loyalty with verbal volley over potential Adelaide Strikers move

  • Matthew Wade questioned Jofra Archer’s loyalty when he came to the crease
  • Sources suggest Archer could join Sussex coach Jason Gillespie at Adelaide
  • Archer currently plays for Hobart Hurricanes in Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash 

Jofra Archer had his loyalty questioned during a verbal volley from his Hobart Hurricanes captain Matthew Wade yesterday as Australia ramped up their Ashes sledging at Old Trafford.

The arrival of tailender Archer at the crease in the second hour of the morning session drew a feisty response from Wade, stationed at short leg, who suggested that he was looking to leave Hobart for another franchise in Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League.

Sources suggest Archer intimated to Travis Head earlier in the series that he would be joining him at Adelaide Strikers, where his Sussex coach Jason Gillespie is in charge.

Matthew Wade questioned Jofra Archer's loyalty after the bowler arrived at the crease

Matthew Wade questioned Jofra Archer’s loyalty after the bowler arrived at the crease

Archer responded by giving Wade a cheeky glance after taking his wicket on day four

Archer responded by giving Wade a cheeky glance after taking his wicket on day four

Crouched in his close-catching position and addressing Australia captain and wicketkeeper Tim Paine, standing 20 yards away —although clearly talking to Archer — Wade commented that the 24-year-old was ‘very loyal’ and then told stories of him turning up for one match after the warm-ups had been completed.

Archer seemed to keep quiet during the sustained ‘chat’ in the 90th over of the innings —sent down from the James Anderson End by Josh Hazlewood — that was picked up by the stump microphones.

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His representatives have already informed the Hurricanes that he will not be able to fulfil the final year of his contract this winter due to England commitments and have asked to re-visit a contract offer for 2020-21 at a later date.

Archer, who turned his back on West Indies to play international cricket for the land of his father Frank, returned fire when Wade batted in the afternoon. He greeted Wade with words and bouncers and then stood his ground mid-pitch to make the Australian run around him.

 

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