Ashes 2019: I can’t wait to see Jofra Archer bowling for England in Australia – Jonathan Agnew
We and our partners use technologies, such as biscuits, and gather browsing info to provide you with the ideal internet experience and to personalise the information and advertisements.
Please let us know if you agree.
By Jonathan Agnew
BBC cricket correspondent
Can you imagine Jofra Archer versus Steve Smith in Australia, on tough pitches, in two years’ time?
With more pace from Olly Stone and Mark Wood backing up this? And then Stokes, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes… it’d be fabulous!
I hope that we will get to observe a Jofra Archer, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes Test quartet at some stage later on.
Archer bowled because of his 6-62 at The Oval as Australia stumbled on 225 out, and I enjoyed watching him.
At his best , he was not in Manchester – it was chilly and he’s going to have more times like this to cope with. But with all the sun on his back, a little bit from the pitch, he has bowled with precision and bitterness, which is what you want.
Archer is a laidback type of person and he seems to have fitted in quite well with England in most formats. He keeps changing his hair, he’s got gold bouncing around his throat – and he’s a lad. Nothing appears to faze him.
One of those things about him is how quickly he learns things. He bowled it with a packed Lord’s viewing at the World Cup Super Over then has a good knuckleball he learnt in a week – that’s extraordinary!
It shows how gifted he is. He can learn and he has the confidence to perform well. He will move from strength to strength.
I think he must be a brief midnight guy. When you’ve got you keep them on, and Joe Root is going to need to be cautious with him.
John Snow was captained by ray Illingworth really well. In Australia, three-over bursts bowled. He knew that was what the captain desired and you gear yourself up for this – you understand what your character is and you realize you’re not going to be bowled into the floor.
If Archer is employed in brief bouts and it does not really work in a single, he still has the ability.
What’s interesting about Archer is his pace changes a good deal, and I don’t think he’s doing it intentionally.
He’s off a run with a very simple sort of approach. So when it clicks, you get those 90mph blasts that are amazing. Other times, he is hovering round the mark, which is still fast, but it is interesting to watch how in which the ball comes out.
I don’t have any doubt he will get better and better.
I suspect that somewhere down the internet Archer will get the question about leagues – if be away for ages and he wishes to be travelling for months. It is going to be something England might need to take a look at, the way they could manage not Archer but the other, talented T20 players.
Kevin Pietersen desired to do that and it had been thrown out, but I think times have changed. I think England have woken up to the fact that they are going to allow their cricketers to go.
Ultimately, Sam Curran. I fancied him for Steve Smith out now and he troubled him, even though that wicket went to Woakes at the finish.
What I really like about both Currans, with understood their daddy Kevin and played him a great deal, is that they’re both rivals.
It is possible to see both of these are a chip off the old block. Sam comes bustling in, and he is a tiny terrier, nipping away asking questions.
Hopefully we’ll see those promising young players from South Africa and New Zealand this winter, on either hard pitches and ones who swing. Having looked bereft overseas the time they were in Australia, abruptly England have men for many seasons.
That is what pace will for you.
Jonathan Agnew was speaking to the Amy Lofthouse of BBC Sport.