Australia’s plan for Jofra Archer in the 2nd Ashes Test is to wear him down.
Archer is set to play his maiden Test when the Aussies meet England at Lord’s on Wednesday with the visitors leading 1-0.
The fast bowler, a standout at both First Class and List A levels, looks to be in good touch after recovering from injury – he took 7 wickets and made 108 runs for Sussex 2nd XI earlier this month.
LANGER: WEAR HIM DOWN
However, Australia coach Justin Langer says, while Archer’s skill cannot be ignored, “Test cricket is very different to white ball cricket.”
Langer emphasised that the challenge for the pacer would be to back up his speed and quality spell after spell.
“Like we’ve talked about a long time, we’ve got to keep wearing him down, and get him back into his second or third and fourth spells. Just curious how he’s going to go, like you are with all fast bowlers.”
ARCHER THE UNFAZED
Shrugging off the pressure though, the Barbados-born Englishman says, “I’ve played a lot more red ball than I have white ball. I do think it’s my preferred format anyway. Red ball isn’t really shown on TV so a lot of people won’t know.”
Along with his current form, another factor working in Archer’s favour is his experience against Australian cricketers.
He has a good bit of Big Bash League cricket under his belt and he’s even captained by Australia skipper Steve Smith at the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.
The world will see how his Test debut goes when the 2nd Ashes Test bowls off at 6am T&T time on Wednesday.