England have been urged to get Jofra Archer in for the Ashes.

Sussex batsman Luke Wells believes his county colleague can be a big part in the summer Test series.

Archer, who turns 24 today, is being touted for a World Cup call after qualifying for England.

But Wells reckons he is an even better bowler with the red ball in his hand.

He would love to see Archer, who is currently away on IPL duty, roaring in at the Aussies.

Wells told The Argus: “We know as much as anyone else at the moment but England would be mad not to pick him in all forms.

“I know his exploits in white-ball cricket have been phenomenal and that is where he has got most of his acclaim around the world.

“But I see him as a better red-ball bowler.

“He has bowled some of the best spells I have ever seen and his first-class record speaks for itself.

“I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him in the Ashes squad.

“Don’t get me wrong, he is an unbelievable white-ball bowler as well.

“But I think he can genuinely win games for you by himself with the red ball.

“Obviously in T20 he can also potentially win games on his own.

“But, with the red ball, the onus on getting those 20 wickets is everything if you want to win games.

“It’s the way he bowls and the spells he puts together.

“He bowls long spells, he can bowl 90mph-plus, he can swing the ball both ways, he has got one of the best bouncers around the world.

“He has got yorkers, he can bowl eight-over spells at least.

“If he doesn’t get the wickets, he sets it up for the guy at the other end.

“In that regard, I’d say his red-ball form is unbelievable.

“I’m excited to see what happens for him this year.”

Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie is aware Archer could miss much of the coming county season.

Wells said: “In one way, I want him to go off and play for England.

“But, obviously, in the other way I want him here contributing to Sussex wins.

“As Dizzy (Gillespie) has said before, though, part of the responsibility of county cricket is producing players to go for higher honours.

“If Jof goes off and does that, then good luck for that.”