In the Test series against New Zealand, England pacer Jofra Archer was ineffective in the field. After the successful ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the youngster gained the more fame in the Ashes 2019 where he was the second most wicket-taker for his team with 22 wickets in the five-Test matches.
The 24-year-old was all-around praise in his stunt in the Ashes 2019 but it is seeming that the pacer is currently facing the problem on New Zeland soil. In the first Test match, his recorded figures were 1/107. In the flat Surface of New Zealand, the pacer is not able to find the correct angle to ball. Jofra Archer was seen frustrated in the ground after not picking up the wickets.
Experienced Stuart Broad, who took 4 wickets for 73 runs in the first innings the second Test match against the hosts New Zealand, advised his young teammate to have patience and not feel demotivated.
“He’s never experienced anything like it. He said (in the innings defeat at Mount Maunganui) he’d never gone through a day without taking a wicket but he’s still so new to this level of cricket.”
“These pitches are tough to work to get wickets on, you can’t expect to come and get five for 30 on pitches like this. He’s been a bit disappointed because he’s used to making things happen in cricket.”
“Sometimes away from home, the game isn’t played at the speed we’re used to; the excitement’s not there, the pace isn’t there and the nip’s not there.”
Archer is facing the problem with Kookaburra ball
Stuart Broad tells the problem which the player is facing in the foreign country. He opines that Archer is not able to handle Kookaburra ball as the player has experience with the Dukes ball (used in UK).
“I don’t think the Kookaburra ball is his best friend at the minute but it will be when he realises that every away pitch isn’t like these.”
Stuart Broad Advice to Jofra Archer
Stuart Broad has special advice for the youngster. He suggests Jofra Archer to enjoy the game and lower the expectations from himself.
“I said to him when he had a none-for ‘you’d take your World Cup and Ashes for a couple of games without wickets. You can’t get a six-for every time you step on the field. Just lower your expectations, enjoy being here and speak to someone in England who is cold in November. You’re playing cricket in New Zealand; it’s good’.”
“I’m just encouraging him to look forward to South Africa – that’s a better place to bowl.”
In Hamilton, England ended the day two with bundling out the host on 375 runs and the visitors scoring 39 runs at the loss of two wickets.