England had lost their first Ashes Test by a massive 251 runs to Australia. However, Jofra Archer has been named in the second Test squad. England captain Joe Root said that he is excited to see self-assured fast bowler Jofra Archer’s Test cricket career which is going to begin from August 14 at Lord’s. Archer had a successful World Cup where he took the highest wickets for his side and bowled the super over also.
“He (Archer) is certainly very confident and that’s great to see in a young guy, as he should be after the World Cup,” Root said at Lord’s on Tuesday. “And, as he made very clear, it’s his preferred format so again I’m very excited to see at the start of his journey. If anything, it will motivate him and when he gets the chance he will be desperate to prove to everyone how good he is. That’s what you want and he won’t shy away from the challenge.”
“Sam is a brilliant talent and can change the game with bat and ball,” said Root. “His record is fantastic and he has had a huge impact in most of the games he has played and is a promising young talent who I’m sure will play a huge amount of Test cricket.”
Archer’s inclusion would give more strength in England’s bowling. But Australia love to play against pace.
“A lot of our guys have seen Jofra or faced him, which is a plus,” said Australia captain Tim Paine. “It’s been in white-ball cricket but we’ve actually faced him in Australia where conditions suit fast bowling. We’ve seen him at his fastest, they know what to expect, they know how skilful he is and how good he is. Like most bowlers that play Test cricket there will be times where he’s going to be a real threat and we’re going to have to weather that,” said Paine.