England pacer Jofra Archer has reacted to Pakistan pace sensation Naseem Shah outpacing him in the ongoing first Test in Manchester. In his first media interaction since starring for England last summer, Jofra Archer insisted that he was unfazed by Naseem outpacing him.
The 17-year old is clearly the fastest bowler in the game so far. He constantly touched the 90mph mark while Jofra Archer’s speed was hovering to Archer’s speeds in the mid-80s. Jofra Archer has faced criticism in recent times for the drop in his pace. However, the Barbados-born pacer once again made it clear that he is not too worried by it. He also said that he is very interested in seeing how Naseem bowls later in the game.
“It’s not deliberate. It’s not every day you’re going to come in at 90mph,” Jofra Archer told Sky Sports.
“I’ve seen Shah started bowling 90mph so we’ll see how he goes on later on tomorrow morning or afternoon. No one is a robot, so I’ll be very, very interested to see what he can produce a bit later. This is not a wicket you’re really going to try to bend your back on. It’s spinning on day two so that says a lot,” he added.
Pakistan in driver’s seat:
England are staring down the barrel after Pakistan’s impressive display with the bat and ball on the first two days of the game. Pakistan opener Masood worked his way to 156 to help the visitors pile up a competitive total of 326 all out. He added 105 with Shadab Khan for the sixth wicket to put Pakistan in the driver’s seat.
In reply, England finished the day on 92 for 4. Rory Burns was lbw to Shaheen Afridi in the first over and Dom Sibley fell in the same way to Mohammad Abbas. Abbas then castled in-form Ben Stokes to leave England reeling at 12 for 3. Captain Joe Root and Ollie Pope managed to add 50 before the former was caught behind off the leg-spin of Yasir Shah for 14. Pope ended unbeaten on 46 while giving him company was Jos Buttler.