England suffered a humiliating defeat to go down in the five-match Ashes series against Australia at Edgbaston. The host will be desperate to square things as they gear up for the second Test starting from August 14 at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium in London. Ahead of the all-important encounter, Jos Buttler has said pace sensation Jofra Archer can light up the Ashes battle.

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Joe Root & Co missed the service of James Anderson who was out of action owing to an injury bowling only four overs in the match. Jofra Archer is all set to make his Test debut for England replacing veteran pacer Anderson who will miss the Test due to a hamstring pull which has made him suffer for long. Archer has made a massive impact in helping England clinch their maiden World Cup title beating New Zealand in the final. The young paceman claimed 20 wickets, the most by an Englishmen in this tournament.

Jos Buttler. Credit: Getty Images

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With Jofra Archer coming to the setup, Jos Buttler feels he has the X-factor to ignite the Ashes battle. Buttler hailed Archer’s all-round ability with the ball and said that the latter is waiting to showcase his skills with the red ball.

“He’s got the X factor,” Buttler said of his fellow World Cup winner,” Buttler said. “In his short international career so far we’ve seen what an impact he’s had. He’s got amazing skills with the white ball, but talking to him he prefers bowling with the red one. That’s exciting for us, and it’s exciting for the world to see him in the Test arena,” he added.

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England players celebrate a wicket. Credit: Getty Images

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Furthermore, Jos Buttler added that there is no scope to panic, and they are looking forward to the Lord’s Test match. Buttler agreed they failed to play well consistently, which has hurt and will look not to repeat the same mistakes. However, for England, the main challenge will be to stop Steve Smith, who looked in tremendous form scoring two centuries in his comeback Test.

“We played some good cricket at Edgbaston, but we didn’t play well enough for long enough,” Buttler said. “The challenge is still the same. Every time you come and play at Lord’s is special, especially in an Ashes Test. There’s no need to panic. We’re 1-0 down but there’s four matches to go in this series,” Buttler concluded.

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