England fast bowler Jofra Archer made his mark in international cricket after he unleased his true colours in England’s historic World Cup triumph. He was one of the star bowlers in the showpiece event, claiming 20 wickets to his name. Riding high on confidence, Archer continued his dream spell in the Ashes series as he took 22 wickets at an incredible average of 20.27. His effect of destruction was seen when he was consistently exceeding 90mph.
With the same high expectations, Archer went about his business in New Zealand. However, his performance was far from pleasing in unfamiliar conditions. He was able to pick just 2 wickets for 182 runs bowling on the flat pitches of New Zealand. The bowler himself understands that Kookaburra doesn’t zip around as good as the Duke’s ball in England.
Broad has words of wisdom for Jofra Archer
With Archer struggling to get going, senior fast bowler, Stuart Broad has an important piece of advice for Jofra Archer. The latter has been told to lower his expectations by the former and enjoy the journey after a challenging maiden overseas trip with England. Broad was the pick of the England bowlers as he picked 4/73 on day two of the second Test before England closed on 39/2 in reply to New Zealand’s 375 all out.
Broad said that Archer is still new to this brand of cricket and wants him to remain calm and enjoy the ride. “He’s never experienced anything like it. He said (in the innings defeat at Mount Maunganui) he’d never gone through a day without taking a wicket but he’s still so new to this level of cricket. These pitches are tough work to get wickets on, you can’t expect to come and get five for 30 on pitches like this,” he said.
At the same time, Broad stated that the game lacks excitement as it is not played at the speed that they are used to because there is no pace around. “He still judges himself on the wickets he takes but once he gets past 50 Tests he won’t do that, he’ll play on too many flat ones. He’s been a bit disappointed because he’s used to making things happen in cricket.
Sometimes away from home, the game isn’t played at the speed we’re used to; the excitement’s not there, the pace isn’t there and the nip’s not there. I don’t think the Kookaburra ball is his best friend at the minute but it will be when he realises that every away pitch isn’t like these.”