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Drakes says 'special' Archer can succeed at Test level

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13 Aug 2019 11:28 #374366 by chairman
Vasbert Drakes recognised Jofra Archer's enormous potential at an early age and believes the England quick has the talent to light up the Ashes.

Archer played an integral role in England's Cricket World Cup triumph on home soil and is set to be unleashed for a Test debut in the second match of the series against Australia at Lord's on Wednesday.

The Barbados-born paceman has come a long way in a short space of time after qualifying to represent England earlier this year.

Former West Indies international and assistant coach Drakes nurtured Archer's talent at the Sir Everton Weekes Centre of Excellence and still works with the 24-year-old pace sensation when he returns to Barbados.

They also both played for Pickwick Cricket Club and Drakes says the World Cup winner always looked destined for the top.

Drakes told Omnisport: "I think when I first saw him, with such long leverage and a smooth action, very easy on the eye, certainly you could see the potential was there.

"As a coach you can only spot so much, but his natural potential was there to see with the way he moved and the skill set. Playing in England and around the world would have enhanced his skills and given him the confidence to succeed.

"You always look at high performers and how they get the job done, he just seemed to have a knack of making things happen. He's a natural athlete with the full package [as a bowler].

"The most important thing people don't realise is the emotional intelligence he transcends on the cricket field. He's special."

Drakes says there is no reason why Archer cannot make a huge impact in the Test arena as England attempt to respond to losing the Ashes opener at Edgbaston.

He added: "He is a very confident individual in himself, I guess that would have been shaped from the environment he would have been in from a young age.

"He is a very humble human being and just has what it takes to make things happen. He is just a simple guy that is a phenomenal athlete.

"Test cricket will be a challenge, but good cricketers normally find a way and one would hope he can be successful at that level."

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15 Aug 2019 12:02 - 15 Aug 2019 12:03 #374491 by ketchim
Jofra Archer DEBUT in TEST

will BAT in the 67th over ;)

"Didn't Archer score a hundred in a recent County 2nd X1 match.
Still, this will be a bit different, particularly with Cummins at top speed."

Yes he did, and yes it will be ....
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15 Aug 2019 12:05 #374493 by ketchim
66.1
Cummins to Archer, welcome to Test cricket! It's an 86mph bouncer

which zips off the surface, Archer has to be alert to duck underneath

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15 Aug 2019 12:07 #374495 by ketchim
66.5
Cummins to Archer, 1 run, he's off the mark

flicks a short-of-a-length ball in the air wide of short leg !!

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15 Aug 2019 12:16 #374498 by ketchim
67.4
Hazlewood to Archer, FOUR, hammered away! Short and wide, Archer lays back

and plays a powerful square cut that races to rope.....

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15 Aug 2019 12:20 #374499 by ketchim
68.3
Cummins to Archer, FOUR, goes full but just loses his line, and clipped away very fine

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15 Aug 2019 12:23 #374500 by ketchim
69.6
Lyon to Archer, full outside off, this dips nicely on Archer

but he's equal to it and drives to cover

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15 Aug 2019 12:24 #374501 by ketchim
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Cummins to Archer, the short ball works again as Archer gets into a bit of a tangle,

looking to tuck the delivery into the leg side and gets a big leading edge which loops

over gully. Khawaja backs good ground running back and takes a smart catch

JC Archer c Khawaja b Cummins 12

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15 Aug 2019 13:36 - 15 Aug 2019 13:48 #374514 by ketchim
1.3 Archer to Bancroft, no run, banged in short, 91mph

/146kph on the speed gun, Bancroft limbos out of the way
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15 Aug 2019 13:49 #374517 by ketchim
7.2 Archer to Bancroft, short pitch at 90.5mph/146kph and climbing well above

the ducking Bancroft....

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15 Aug 2019 14:26 - 15 Aug 2019 14:27 #374521 by ketchim
Just a switch of ends for Jofra

10.6 Archer to Bancroft, no run, back of a length, 92 mph

148kph but no stroke required ~ lol
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16 Aug 2019 09:21 #374530 by ketchim
22.5
Archer to Bancroft, OUT, been given lbw! But Bancroft has reviewed. The no-ball
is just okay. Was it high or outside the line? There's no bat. Nipped back nicely
off the seam as well. Umpire's call on hitting the bails.
Archer has his first ! Big celebrations for him ;)

CT Bancroft lbw b Archer 13

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16 Aug 2019 13:38 #374547 by chairman
On Test debut so far, Jofra Archer has bowled faster than any Englishman in Test cricket for six years. Even in the eighth over of his spell, he was still averaging 88.5mph

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18 Aug 2019 11:26 - 18 Aug 2019 11:29 #374554 by ketchim

On Test debut so far, Jofra Archer has bowled faster than any Englishman in Test cricket for six years

Steven Smith hopes he is fit to play the next Ashes Test after being ruled out
of the final day of the second Test at Lord's with concussion :
after being struck on the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer !!
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18 Aug 2019 11:35 - 18 Aug 2019 11:35 #374555 by ketchim
Despite the ugliness of the hit behind his left ear, which knocked Smith off his feet and sent a hush
over the shocked crowd as players and medical staff rushed to his side, it was the blow to his forearm
suffered six overs earlier that sent him to hospital for precautionary X-rays.

Steven Smith launches over the leg side after returning to the crease !!! :blink:
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