Sussex all-rounder Jofra Archer says he is “doing the maths” to ensure he qualifies for his “dream” of playing Test cricket for England.
Barbados-born Archer, 22, is not eligible for England until the winter of 2022, when he will have completed the seven-year residency period. He needs to spend 210 days a year in England to complete his residency.
“I think I have a longer career in England than I would have in Barbados,” he told Stumped on BBC World Service.
Under ECB rules, introduced in 2012, Archer, who has an English father and British passport, is not eligible to play for England until the winter of 2022 when he would have completed the seven-year residency period required for players who arrive in England after their 18th birthday.
At that stage, he will be 27 years old and both he and Sussex will be required to submit an application showing he meets the required criteria.
“He has committed to qualifying for England so we will do the process with him to make sure that happens,” Sussex director of cricket Keith Greenfield told BBC Sport.
“Jofra is clear of what it means and what the undertaking is and he is currently making sure he fulfils the criteria to make sure he can qualify for England when the time is right.”
Archer, who was sold in this month’s IPL auction for £800,000, has impressed in Australia’s Big Bash League with his pace and athleticism in the field.
He said he was able to manage the tournaments he plays in to ensure he meets the qualification criteria.
Archer, who grew up in Barbados, played three times for West Indies under-19s but was left out for the World Cup in 2014, something that rankled him then and since.
“It was really upsetting and I think I took it too seriously. That summer was the first summer I went to England,” said Archer.
“After playing with Sussex, I really think the conditions in England suit me. I saw that it’s possible to play for England.”
Archer, who will be 27 by the time he qualifies to represent England, said the experience he will gain over the next five years would help him be more confident in his game.
“I’m still young now so I think it’s a blessing really, not to play so young. Who knows – I could have a bad game or a bad series, and that could be me,” he added.
“It’s really good that I have some time to get to know my game inside out before I actually play Test cricket.”
Archer has attracted increased attention since England lost the Ashes in January, with former England spinner Graeme Swann saying he is a “player to get excited about”.
“He’s young, he’s an all-rounder, he has a very repeatable action and I know people on the south coast who are very excited about what he can bring to England cricket,” Swann said.
Australian cricket journalist Mel Farrell told BBC Radio 5 live that Archer has “absolutely” been one of the standout players in this year’s Big Bash.
“He has created some incredibly exciting moments,” she said. “They have been the moments that have gone viral, including a caught and bowled and an incredible run-out.”
With his big IPL payday, Archer will soon be seeking to get his own home in England.
“I live with my bowling coach at the moment, so hopefully this year I can get my family over to come and see some of the [T20] Blast, some of the four-day stuff,” he added.
“I hope to get my own place so I can bring most of my family over and let them experience some of England.”