David Lloyd, former England international cricketer was full of praise for pacer Jofra Archer for his performance on the third day of the Chennai Test, saying it’s the best he has seen a 25-year-old bowl in Test cricket.
Jofra Archer provided the early breakthrough of Rohit Sharma and troubled the Indian batsman in his opening spell. The fast bowler also picked up the wicket of Shubman Gill to end the day with figures of 2-75 as India scored 337 in reply to England‘s mammoth 578.
David Lloyd Reckons Jofra Archer Was At His Best In Chennai
The England seamer extracted extra bounce off a seemingly placid Chennai track. David Lloyd was all praise for the England seamer as he wrote in his column for the Daily Mail saying the pacer exhibited world-class fast bowling.
“What a terrific spell with the new ball that was from Jofra Archer on Sunday. Absolutely world-class fast bowling. He put the wind up India. They were hopping around! Make no mistake, this is a flat pitch but not only did Jofra get some bounce from it he also got the ball to swing. I reckon that’s the best I’ve seen Archer bowl in Test cricket,” said David Lloyd.
It was imperative for the English bowlers to get Rohit Sharma early considering his record at home especially as an opener. Jofra Archer bowled a peach of a delivery to the Indian opener to have him caught behind.
Jofra Archer Looked At Ease In Chennai Wicket
This is the first time Jofra Archer is playing Test cricket in subcontinent conditions as he was rested for the Sri Lanka series. However, he has looked at ease in the 1st Chennai Test, bowling probing line and lengths.
Prior to the Chennai Test, Jofra Archer took 38 Test wickets at an average of 31.1. He already has three five-wicket hauls to his name, two against Australia and one against South Africa.
In his debut Test series in August-September 2019 against Australia, he picked two 5 wicket hauls while he picked another against South Africa in December 2019.
Joe Root scored a double ton-218 in the first innings against India and top-scored with 40 in 2nd innings as England managed only 178 in 2nd innings to give India 420 runs target to chase. Ravichandran Ashwin took 6 scalps to restrict England to less than 200 after England posted a massive 578 in the first essay.