England fast bowler Jofra archer had more than a bright start to his career. Having first spotted in the Big Bash League for Hobart Hurricanes amongst the grandest stages, Archer went on to impress in the Indian Premier League as well. Nevertheless, the Barbados-born’s most recent performances for England have come under scrutiny due to which Kevin Pietersen urges England management to manage him properly.
After a successful run in the World Cup, the Three Lions decided to unleash Jofra Archer against Australia in the Ashes 2019. In his debut Test series, the 25-year-old went on to claim 22 wickets in four Tests. Except for Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, hardly any other Australian batsman could stand up to his fiery pace and short-pitched deliveries.
Nevertheless, Archer couldn’t continue his impressive run, having been neutralised in New Zealand and South Africa. The downside to the tourists’ impressive 3-1 series victory in South Africa was the inconsistent run of their new pace sensation. Moreover, the injuries aggravated Jofra Archer’s poor run of form. The 25-year old played only one Test against South Africa, in which he bowled 42 overs in the first innings, more than Stuart Broad ever did in a single Test inning.
Kevin Pietersen advises against over bowling Jofra Archer:
It is what most experts have been urging the England management to do – over bowling and managing Archer’s schedule. The 104-Test veteran believes that the speedster’s playing calendar needs to be managed wisely. The former England captain went on to say that being a bowler, who bowls blazing-fast, a captain does not want to unleash 25 overs in a day of a Test and instead bowl significantly less than that and get the most out of him.
“Jofra Archer’s schedule’s going to have to be looked at and he is also going to have to be protected. Archer needs to be spoken to in a manner of which what do you want to play and when do you want to play how do you want to play because you want him bowling 95 mph ever single session. You don’t want bowl him 25 overs a day in a Test, maybe 15 overs odd and really get the best out of him. In ODIs and T20Is he’s a superstar so you don’t need to worry about him.” the 39-year-old stated as quoted by News18.com.