England pacer Jofra Archer is ready to play in the second Ashes. He even warned his arch-rival Australia he is not a miracle and will try to “work miracles” if he faces them at Lord’s in the second Ashes Test onAugust 14. Archer, however, wasn’t a part of the Test squad in the first one where England lost to Australia by 251 runs. However, their key bowler James Anderson ruled out with a calf injury which made way for Archer as well who proved his fitness against Gloucestershire where he took 6-27 in the first innings and scored 108.
“I’ve played a lot more red-ball cricket and it’s my preferred format,” Jofra Archer said at a press conference on Monday. “If you don’t have a good 10 overs (in white-ball cricket) that’s it. You’ve got to wait to the next game, but you’ve ample chances in Test cricket. I’m more ready than I’ve ever been. I bowled 50 overs in one game for Sussex and am the one usually bowling at the end. Test cricket is pretty much the same as first-class. Know what your strengths are and stick to them,” he added.
He further said that Lord’s brought back happy memories as they won the World Cup final in July on the same ground.
“The first one (appearance) is always special, and (to be) at Lord’s where we had recent success will be comforting as well,” said Archer. “It’s a good ground to come back to, and hopefully keep our winning ways here. I’ll try and work miracles but I can only give my best.”
However, Australia coach Justin Langer expected his batsmen would hopefully be able to play well.
“Hopefully our guys have got the answers whatever he (Archer) dishes up for us,” Langer said at his press conference. “Most of our guys have seen him in white-ball cricket. It’s up to the individuals, not so much our game plan against him. Our batters will be organised in their minds how they are going to face him, and the rest of England’s attack.”