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Personality Of The Year Award Betting: Jofra Archer Now Second Favourite After Impressive Ashes Performance at Headingley

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Not many outside the world of cricket knew Jofra Archer a few months ago. Things have significantly changed this summer with the Barbados-born England fast bowler that has made himself appreciated by much wider British sporting audience thanks to his performance with the England Cricket shirt.

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Archer was capable of recording a 6-45 on day one of the third Ashes Test at Headingley. With that performance, he launched Joe Root’s England in the driving seat ahead of the second day. The Three Lions are looking to level the series before the final two Tests that will decide the sort of the Ashes urn.

The 24-year-old Archer only managed to qualify to play for England on March 17 of this year. In a few months, he has become one of the most famous sportsmen in the UK. Not only he had a very good contribution to bringing the Cricket World Cup home, but he has now been impressive also in Test cricket. Yesterday’s masterpiece in Leeds has made his status increasing immensely to the point that bookmakers had to revise their odds in their 2019 Sports Personality of the Year market.

Before yesterday he was a 16/1 to secure the SPOTY award and he is now at best price of 6/1 with Betfred to get the award in December.

Archer is also playing his country cricket with Sussex and thanks to his performances was selected, in the eleventh hour, to join the Cricket World Cup squad. Archer was quickly capable of becoming the go-to bowler in the Eoin Morgan’s Cricket World Cup successful squad. He recorded an impressive 20 wickets during the tournament.

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Ben Stokes still the favourite in the SPOTY betting

Many will always remember his ability to hold his nerve in the Super Over against New Zealand in the World Cup final at Lord’s. Thanks to that performance he was propelled into the front pages and that was even before he had a crack at the Ashes Test.

In the second test at Lord’s, Archer was able to reach speeds north of 95mph. That just the danger he has with a red ball in hand. At Headingley, he went a bit slower but was more accurate. Australian opener David Warner said that Archer performance was like the great South African Dale Steyn.

The betting market immediately reacted, and Archer’s price was slashed in the SPOTY betting. This means that fellow England Cricket hero Ben Stokes, who was impressive during the Cricket World Cup final, will not be a certainty to win the 2019 award that will be live on BBC television. Stokes is still the 6/4 favourite with William Hill to receive the prize. If he does so, he will become the first cricketer since 2005 to win the SPOTY award. That year the winner was Andrew Flintoff who his skills with the England shirt have become legendary.

Archer, however, is challenging Stokes in the 2019 SPOTY market. If the fast bowler continues to cause trouble to the Aussies, at the end of the five-test series, Archer might even be leading in the SPOTY betting.

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