Test cricket is completely a different ball game altogether and England’s World Cup hero Jofra Archer must have realised that by now. After impressing in the Ashes, Jofra Archer has struggled to get going in the longest format of the game. In the four Ashes Tests, he picked up a staggering 22 wickets with the help of two five-wicket hauls. He also troubled Australia pacer with his pace and most notably hit Steve Smith on the head.
However, he failed to live up to his reputation in New Zealand and in the ongoing series against South Africa. To everyone’s surprise, he was also struggling to bowl at his usual speed in New Zealand. In two matches, he bowled 82 overs but managed to pick up just a couple of wickets. England lost the two-match series 1-0 after suffering an innings defeat in the first game.
Well, his miseries continued in South Africa too. After picking up 1 wicket in the first innings, he picked up five in the second but was far from being impressive. And nothing summed up his struggle better than his duel with South Africa star Quinton de Kock in the second innings. Quinton de Kock took Jofra Archer to the cleaners and hit him for three huge sixes.
In the 39th over, Jofra Archer bowled a couple of bouncers to de Kock and the latter hit both the deliveries for sixes. The England star was then seen hurling a few abuses at de Kock. In the 43rd over, the right-arm pacer bowled yet another shot ball and the result was the same.
Here is a clip showing de Kock nonchalantly hitting Jofra Archer for sixes:
Quinton de Kock is literally playing #CricketWithoutBoundaries with Jofra Archer 🎯
— SPN- Sports (@SPNSportsIndia) December 28, 2019
Talking about the game, South Africa beat England by 107 runs to take the lead in the four-match series. The tourists, needing to complete a record chase of 376, resumed day four on 121-1 but were bowled out for 268.