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England hero Jofra Archer relives thrilling World Cup final super over: ‘You probably don’t want to mess this up’

Two days on from his heroics at Lord’s, Jofra Archer still can’t find the words to describe how he felt when Jos Buttler finally ended the greatest game of cricket there ever was.

You know the story by now: England and New Zealand scored the exact same amount of runs twice, but England became world champions following a number of events which completely defied belief.

The most important reason, though, was that Martin Guptill and Jimmy Neesham couldn’t score more than seven runs off Archer’s final four deliveries.

Archer became an instant hero on Sunday

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Archer became an instant hero on Sunday

It completed the Barbadian-born 24-year-old’s rise from obscurity to a household name. Just four months ago, he wasn’t even eligible for England selection. Now he’s shaking hands with the Prime Minister.

“Not being born here, a lot of people didn’t think I deserved the opportunity that I was given,” he told talkSPORT. “I’m just glad that I can show half a glimpse of why I’m here.”

Rewind to about 7pm on Sunday. Ben Stokes has just tied the match after 50 overs each and we’re heading to an unprecedented super over in the World Cup final.

Archer recalled: “With the super over, I asked Morgan yesterday, ‘How come you didn’t come to me a bit sooner?’

“As soon as he saw that Stokes got the one for the draw, we knew it was a super over and everyone was in the changing room just sitting around.

Archer still can’t find the words to describe the feeling

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Archer still can’t find the words to describe the feeling

“I sat down for five minutes and then I thought, ‘No, I’m not waiting anymore’.

“I went to Morgan and asked him if I was bowling it and he said yes. I thought, ‘Thanks for the heads up!’”

And it wasn’t all plain sailing. His first three deliveries, which included an opening wide, went for nine runs and New Zealand suddenly became favourites to get the 16 they needed.

“I was fuming at the wide because, in my opinion, it wasn’t a wide. Then it replayed and I still didn’t think it was a wide,” he said.

Archer helped England to their first ever World Cup triumph

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Archer helped England to their first ever World Cup triumph

“I wasn’t too nervous; I didn’t think they were going to get 16.

“They got a lot closer than I thought – because I thought they would’ve panicked and try to go too hard. Halfway through the over I thought, ‘You probably don’t want to mess this up’.”

But the paceman quickly flipped the script. His next three deliveries were right on the money, leaving New Zealand needing two runs from the final ball of the World Cup. Any less and England win, courtesy of scoring more boundaries.

Lord’s held its breath. Archer composed himself. A well-directed yorker trickled towards Jason Roy at deep mid-wicket – and the rest is history.

“I was thinking, ‘Throw to the keeper!’ I would’ve broken a finger trying to take the bails off,” he added.

Four months ago, few people knew who Archer was, now he’s shaking hands with the Prime Minister

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Four months ago, few people knew who Archer was, now he’s shaking hands with the Prime Minister

“I just didn’t want a fumble, because there was a fumble earlier in the over and they should’ve got one instead of two.

“I can’t explain it. It’s a rare feeling. I was so happy, the crowd was going mental, I could see my family in the distance.

“Everyone was enjoying the moment. It was such a good atmosphere. I think everyone at Lord’s that day walked away feeling special, even if they didn’t bowl a ball.”

So, how does a world champion celebrate? Not too differently from the rest of us, it seems.

“I’ve got the T.V on watching the highlights right now! I’ll probably watch all of it, nothing else to do today really.”

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