Former England captain Nasser Hussain pointed out that the absence of pace bowler, Jofra Archer, could hinder England in the death overs of the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Archer’s persistent battle with an elbow injury has kept him out of cricket for quite a while. He isn’t part of England’s squad for the World Cup or the Ashes. Without him, there will be a few troubles in the death overs, reckons Hussain.
“England have had to learn to live without Archer in all formats, but it’s most keenly felt in T20 cricket because he is one of the best in the world, whether it be wicket-taking with the new ball in his bowling at the death or with his economy rate,” Hussain said.
“Eoin Morgan has had time to work on replacing a man who is effectively two bowlers in one but today’s game (against India on Monday) and Wednesday’s warm-up against New Zealand give him the chance to focus especially on the death bowling issues that have not yet been fully resolved,” he added.
Tymal Mills could be a suitable replacement, says Nasser Hussain
The returning Tymal Mills might be the ideal replacement for Jofra Archer, according to Hussain. Mills put up a string of good performances in the T20 Blast and The Hundred, which earned him a recall to the national side.
“That is where Tymal Mills comes in as one of the best death bowlers in world franchise cricket, and that makes him a key figure because even someone with the experience of Chris Jordan hasn’t quite got it right in recent times,” Hussain added.
England will play their first warmup match against India on Monday, followed by the match against New Zealand on Wednesday.