Jofra Archer takes wickets on England return as hosts beat Pakistan in second

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Jofra Archer marked his first England appearance in over a year with two wickets and a batting cameo as his side beat Pakistan by 23 runs in the second T20 international at Edgbaston.

The fast bowler (12no off 4) first clubbed a four and six from the No 9 spot in the final over as England posted 183-7, before recording figures of 2-28 from a quick and skilful four overs after his first was crunched for 15 as Pakistan were rolled for 160 in reply.

Archer had last played for England in Bangladesh in March 2023 – he missed the whole of the following summer due to an elbow issue – with his expected comeback in the first T20 at Headingley on Wednesday wrecked by the rain.

He returned in Birmingham on Saturday afternoon, though, for his first England fixture at home since 2020, with his comeback, during which he reached speeds of 90mph, a real fillip ahead of next month’s T20 World Cup.

Archer had Azam Khan (11) caught at cover at the start of his second over, before Imad Wasim (22 off 13) clothed a yorker to a fielder in the same spot in his fourth as Pakistan’s chase petered out.

Captain Jos Buttler’s 84 off 51 deliveries was another high point for England, who will now look to wrap up a series win in Cardiff on Tuesday before the final game at The Kia Oval on Thursday.

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What’s next?

Tuesday 28th May 6:00pm

Thursday 30th May 6:00pm

England and Pakistan meet in two further T20 internationals before the T20 World Cup – in Cardiff on Tuesday and at The Kia Oval on Thursday, with both matches starting at 6.30pm.

England’s T20 World Cup opener is against Scotland in Barbados on Tuesday June 4 (3.30pm start), while Pakistan get under way against co-hosts USA in Dallas on Thursday July 6 (4.30pm).

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