The former England batsman Paul Collingwood feels England should not rely on their entire trust in Jofra Archer. He believes that Archer just adds a variety to the bowling attack, as the bowling department of England has always been strong enough to tackle the best players across the world.
England assistant coach Paul Collingwood believes Joe Root and Co. should not put too much pressure on Jofra Archer and cannot afford to rely just on him in their bid to level the Ashes series against Australia in London. England was beaten comprehensively by 251 runs by Australia in the first Test at Edgbaston last week with Archer left out with a side injury.
The Barbados-born pacer bowled brilliantly in the world cup competition to finish as the joint third-highest wicket-taker, and also bowled the crucial Super Over in the final against New Zealand, which also ended in a tie as England edged Kane Williamson’s team on boundary count.
I don’t want the team to rely on Jofra Archer – Paul Collingwood
Fast bowler Jofra Archer, who shone with 20 wickets in England’s victorious World Cup campaign, has been handed a maiden Test call-up. And also, looks likely to get the debut cap for the second Test against England.
“We can’t say ‘look Jofra, you are coming in to answer all the questions Australia are asking’,” BBC Sport quoted Collingwood as saying. He is going to add what we have already,” Collingwood said.
“We have got a very good seam attack. He gives us different options. He does have the confidence and X-factor about him but I don’t want the team to rely on a young lad coming in and expecting him to beat the Aussies. It doesn’t work like that,” he added.
Archer, who missed the first test after picking up his injury during England’s World Cup triumph last month, proved his fitness when he took six wickets and scored a century for county side Sussex’s second XI last week.
The 24-year-old was included in England’s 12 in the absence of record wicket-taker James Anderson, who bowled only four overs in the first Test at Edgbaston before injuring his calf again.