Jofra Archer, England tearaway fast bowler, may have made his international debut just 12 months ago, but within such a short period of time, he has witnessed plenty of highs and lows already.
From getting accolades for showing nerves of steel during the Super-over of the 2019 World Cup final to getting criticized for not upping the ante with his precocious pace in Test match cricket, Archer has seen it all.
Archer, who recently featured in the Test summer against the West Indies and Pakistan, hasn’t played white-ball cricket since the 2019 World Cup final. Archer loves white-ball cricket as he feels that the format is ‘less batter-friendly’ and the fact that batsmen tend to go hard at him, gives him the fillip to go all out for wickets.
“In some ways, white-ball cricket suits me more because I find that batters have to come at me — and I am all for the opportunity to get them out. I view it as a less batter-friendly version of cricket because of the onus on them to go harder, score quicker. Conversely, it is a lot harder to go wicketless for a bowler.” Jofra Archer wrote in ‘The Daily Mail’
”I am in a good space right now”- Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer was all praise for his fellow teammate James Anderson, who recently became the first seamer in the history of the game to scale the Mount.600 barrier in Test match cricket.
“For Jimmy Anderson to get to 600 Test wickets is a truly great achievement. It left me wondering: ‘How do you get 600?’ It’s phenomenal, particularly as a fast bowler.” Archer wrote.
There have been a lot of talks on whether Archer should open the bowling attack for England in Test match cricket. With James Anderson and Stuart Broad still in the set-up, Archer reckoned that it is quite difficult for him to leapfrog the champion duo, adding that he is more than happy to play whatever role his team wants him to perform.
“The challenge for any fast bowler is to work as hard as you can and do what you are asked to do so that you can get into a position where you are given the choice of taking the new ball. But I am in a team with two world-class bowlers in Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. I have a joke with Chris Woakes that we are the first-change warriors. Neither of us can bowl any earlier with those two leading our attack but we are a unit, and I am quite happy with what is being asked of me. I am in a good space right now.” Jofra Archer concluded.
Speaking of his exploits in the recently concluded Test summer, Jofra Archer had a forgettable time as he managed just 8 wickets across the four Tests against West Indies and Pakistan.