Glenn McGrath, Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer (L) and Steve Smith (R). Credit: Getty

It has been a sensational last couple of years for England’s superstar Jofra Archer across the formats. After showing his class in the shorter formats, he impressed one and all with his stunning piece of bowling display in the Test format of the game, Meanwhile, Glenn McGrath showers words of praise on Jofra Archer.

The second Ashes Test at Lord’s may have ended in a draw but pacer Jofra Archer, who made his debut for England in whites, is here to stay. After losing the Edgbaston Test owing to two glorious centuries by the returning batsman and former Aussie captain Steve Smith (144 and 142), England found a force in Archer, who generated some serious pace and brought the visitors to their knees.

I love what I see there – Glenn McGrath on Jofra Archer

Not only did he take five wickets, he repeatedly unsettled Australia with short-pitched balls. The 92mph bouncer that hit Steve Smith on the neck forced the star batsman to miss the last day with a concussion.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer (Credits: Getty)

Jofra Archer’s vicious bowling had fans sitting on the edge of their seats with Australian batsmen doing their best to take cover. Meanwhile, Glenn McGrath did not find any problems with Archer’s stamina either after the Barbados-born 24-year-old bowled 44 overs and took 5-91 at Lord’s.

“I’ve been a big supporter of Archer for a long time and I love what I see there,” McGrath was quoted as saying by BBC where he will be part of the Test Match Special commentary team and contribute a regular column to the BBC Sport website.

Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath. Photograph: Tracey Nearmy/AAP

“It’s quite rare to be able to bowl with pace and accuracy for such a long time. To have pace is so unique and with Archer, it is all natural. His action doesn’t look too stressful, he has a nice, smooth run-up and goes through the crease really well.”

McGrath felt that Ashes can now take a turn with Archer’s inclusion into the England lineup. Further, he believes that Jofra Archer is there for England to make the difference in winning. Currently, Australia is leading the series result with 1-0 after a win at Edgbaston and draw at Lords.

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