England Pacer Jofra Archer claimed four wickets in the first Test against Pakistan which they won by three wickets, but he still faced criticism for not bowling with full effort. England skipper Joe Root came forward to defend his player saying they need to be patient with Jofra Archer as he is still very young. Jofra Archer was seen bowling at a mid-80s pace which is very less as compared to his normal pace.
England won the first match at Manchester by 3 wickets. The 6th wicket partnership between Chris Woakes and Jos Butler was the key match-winner for England who struggled in the first innings only putting up 219 on the board. This is also the highest successful run chase at Old Trafford since England made 294 to beat New Zealand in 2008.
Under Very Intense Pressure He’s Performed Extremely Well: Joe Root
Joe Root backed his young pacer Jofra Archer who has shown his worth for the team at a very young age. He also recounted on his amazing performance in the Ashes in 2019.
“We just need to be very understanding that he’s still very young in his Test career, and that there will be mistakes and lessons to be learnt. But as long as he’s willing to learn from them and to keep looking to improve and get better, we will continue to see very special things from him,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Joe Root as saying.
“Just remember that, under very high pressure at the start of his career, he’s performed extremely well. He has done very special things against Australia in an Ashes series, right off the back of a World Cup under a heavy workload,” he added.
Jofra Archer Is A Match Winner Says Joe Root
The 25-year-old has been a very impactful bowler for the English team and has been consistently in the starting lineup in all formats for the team. The England skipper has hailed his impact and presence in the team. He also lauded his match-winning abilities.
“He’s capable of winning games, there’s no doubt about that. He might have a quiet game every now and again, and he might not always get it right. But there will be times as well when it turns up and wins you a game in a session, and turns a game on its head,” Root said.
“We all get very excited when [Archer]’s bowling up around 90 miles an hour, and certainly that will cause batters a lot of trouble. But there is more to it than that. And that we’ve got to understand that he has a bigger package to offer. Jofra is a huge talent, we all know that, and he’s not always going to get it right. He’s very young still and he’s still learning and there is definitely a lot of many winning performances in him,” he added.
A dramatic three-wicket victory for the hosts England in the first test against Pakistan and the credits go to an amazing 139 runs partnership between Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler. England were chasing 277 on the fourth day and at one point were 117/5. The England duo of Chris Woakes and Jos Butler put up stellar knocks of 84 and 75 runs, respectively.