As the two top teams, England and Australia are going to play against each other, England are expecting their key player Jofra Archer will play a crucial role for his side. Archer, however, has been in a great form and he is going to use his Indian Premier League (IPL) experience against Steve Snith, with whom he had shared the dressing room for Rajasthan Royals. Alongside Archer, Ben Stokes also played in the same team.
Smith had been in great form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he scored 319 runs at an average of 39.87 and he carried this form in the ongoing World Cup as well. He has already struck 76 and 116 in warm-up matches against West Indies and England, respectively and has scored 244 runs in 6 matches so far with 3 fifties. However, Archer has bagged 15 wickets so far and expected to pick a couple of wickets against Australia as well.
“That’s the thing,” said Archer, “when you play with them you pick up on things you won’t normally notice when you’re just playing against them. So hopefully me and Ben we can get together – I think we might bowl together at some point as well – so we probably know what to do when he’s in.”
“A lot of the guys probably don’t want to face me or Oshane (Thomas) in the nets,” said Archer with a wry smile. “He’s a really good guy. (But) cricket is cricket and I guess it’s time to be friends after. But until the game is over, there will be nothing friendly about it. We do know his strong shots, we do know some of his weaker shots as well so we’ll just try limit him.”
“The guys were a bit more surprised than anything,” said Archer on Friday’s defeat to Sri Lanka. “We do know that anything can happen on the day and they bowled really well. The pressure has been on from the very first game. It is the World Cup so there are no easy teams and no easy games as we saw from the last game. There are no easy games at this tournament.”
“I think if we keep playing the cricket we’ve been playing for the last couple of years, we’ll be fine. There is no need to try and change anything after one loss,” he further added.