The thrilling Test Series, Ashes 2019, came to an end with 2-2 and Australia retaining the Ashes title. England levelled the series with their outstanding bowling attack as they made Smith out in just 23 runs in the last innings of Ashes 2019. Skipper Joe Root praises Jofra Archer as he was the Player of the Match award winner in the last Test. He took six wickets in the first innings but was unsuccessful to get a wicket in second innings.
Though his efforts made Australians struggle for runs. Archer made his Test debut in the second match of this Ashes as Jimmy Anderson got injured. He gave his best to the team in this Ashes series as a young player. Joe Root detects that the team should not put pressure on this fast bowler. He is still in his learning period and should be given time.
“When I faced him in the nets against the red ball, it was clear he was going to be something special. But we have got to be careful of expecting too much of him. He is a young guy at the start of his career, playing in three formats, and he is still learning. I am still learning how to get the best out of him as captain,” Root said after the post-match conference.
Archer has the ability to turn game
In his Test Debut, Archer injured Steve Smith with his fast bowl that hit on Smith’s neck. Due to concussion, Smith was ruled out from the next Test match and Marnus Labuschagne was given the place in the team.
Root expresses that Archer’s presence changed the game. But he thinks that the fast bowler can not always bowl at 90mph and people need to understand.
“For someone right at the beginning of his career to have such a gift is entertaining, it is great to be able to captain that and I am very much looking forward to the rest of his journey,” he added.
“But one thing you can expect is he is going to entertain and make things happen. At times he is not going to bowl at 90mph, but he will go at two-and-a-half an over and create chances. I think making sure we don’t expect him to average 12 is something really important, while also knowing he’s got that ability to turn a game,” Root said.
Joe Root is Satisfied with the Test Series
England Test skipper Joe Root has expressed that he is satisfied with the last match as it made the series equal. But he is a little disappointed with the team’s performance as in his view they might have shown more efforts.
“It looks a hell of a lot better than 3-1, that is for sure. I think it is probably a fair result over the whole series. People might disagree with that, but you look at Lord’s and things could have been very different after that game. You can look at ifs and buts – if Jimmy Anderson was still playing things might have been slightly different”.
“We didn’t do enough to win it back but we have certainly put in a performance this week, which meant a huge amount. To level this series I think it was really important for us as a side, and we’ll take a lot from it moving into the winter,” he added.