Former England batsman, David Lloyd believes that Jofra Archer’s new-ball spell against India on Sunday in Chennai was the best he has seen the pacer bowl in Test cricket.
After being fast-tracked into the England white-ball side, and a brilliant World Cup in 2019 at home, Jofra Archer was given his Test cap in a high-profile Ashes series against Australia. The Barbados-born lived up to all the expectations as he picked 22 wickets in 4 Ashes Tests – he was involved in a memorable battle with Steve Smith with the batsman being substituted after being hit by a bouncer from Archer.
However, since then he has subdued figures – 16 wickets in 7 matches at 46.00 – before the Test series in India commenced. It can also be attributed to the fact that he plays all three formats for the Three Lions and the IPL as well for Rajasthan Royals – the speedster was the MVP of IPL 2020 for picking 20 wickets at an economy of 6.55; about half of his wickets were with the new ball in the powerplay.
Indian batsmen were hopping around while facing Jofra Archer: David Lloyd
David Lloyd believes that Jofra Archer is back into his elements after having some rest – Archer was rested for the Sri Lanka series which preceded the tour to India – and was at his best while bowling with the new nut against the Indian batsmen.
The 25-year-old first dismissed Rohit Sharma, who is absolutely terrific in Indian conditions, with a peach of a delivery; Archer was able to extract bounce even from a rather placid Chepauk surface. Sharma edged a back-of-length delivery to wicket-keeper, Jos Buttler.
Archer was taken for some runs by Shubman Gill, who batted with elegance and audacity. Finally, the bowler had the last laugh; Archer ripped his fingers on the ball making Gill play early lobbing it to mid-on where a 38-year-old James Anderson took a superb diving catch to end Gill’s breezy stay.
“What a terrific spell with the new ball that was from Jofra Archer on Sunday. Absolutely world-class fast bowling. He put the wind up India. They were hopping around! Make no mistake, this is a flat pitch but not only did Jofra get some bounce from it he also got the ball to swing. I reckon that’s the best I’ve seen Archer bowl in Test cricket,” David Lloyd wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
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