Former English batsman, Kevin Pietersen was seen engaging in a Twitter banter with new fast bowling protege Jofra Archer and challenged him for a “bat and bowl” contest in South Africa, the country where he was born.
It all started with Jofra Archer’s tweet on October 6, which read: “I am ready to play cricket again”. Kevin Pietersen, who last played for England in 2014, didn’t waste any time in throwing a challenge at the Barbados-born England fast bowler, as he tweeted: “So am I! You bowl and I bat?”.
So am I! You bowl and I bat?!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) October 6, 2019
Archer was also not in a mood of stepping back as accepted the challenge by the batsman, who has 13,797 international runs to his name, saying: “Come on then.”
Come on then https://t.co/DCfxTaTofN
— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) October 6, 2019
Pietersen continued the banter by asking Archer if England has a South Africa tour scheduled in their upcoming future. Archer didn’t take much time to respond: “Pencil it in”.
Pencil it in https://t.co/uLbgptfwnK
— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) October 7, 2019
Time and again, Pietersen had expressed his desire of making his international comeback with South Africa, when he requalifies to do so. He will become eligible to play for South Africa at the age of 40, having not been selected for England after being sacked in the aftermath of the 2013-14 Ashes defeat in Australia.
Recently, the young fast bowler made headlines with impressive performances in the Ashes and the ICC World Cup 2019 in England’s home conditions. Having played just 14 ODIs and four Tests so far, Archer has managed to make a permanent position in the team within a short span of time.
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In the recent Ashes 2019, which ended in a 2-2 draw, Archer scalped as many as 22 wickets in four Test matches. He couldn’t have asked for a better show on his Test debut.