Ashes 2019: I can’t wait to see Jofra Archer bowling for England in Australia – Jonathan Agnew

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By Jonathan Agnew
BBC cricket correspondent
Can you imagine Jofra Archer vs Steve Smith in Australia, on hard, pitches that are pacey, in just two years’ time?
With more speed from Olly Stone and Mark Wood perhaps backing up this? And then Stokes, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes… it’d be fabulous!
I really hope that we are going to get to observe James Anderson that a Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes Test quartet .
As Australia stumbled to 225 all out archer bowled for his 6-62 in The Oval, and I’ve really enjoyed watching him.
In Manchesterhe wasn’t in his best – it was chilly and he is likely to get times like this to deal with. But with the sun on his spine, a little bit in the pitch, he has bowled with bitterness and accuracy, which is what you desire.
Archer is a laidback type of man and he appears to have fitted in very well with England in most formats. He keeps changing his hairhe’s got gold rebounding his throat – I’ve interviewed him several times and he’s a very likeable lad. Nothing seems to faze him.
Among those things about him is he sees things. He has an excellent knuckleball he learnt in a week and then bowled it using the viewing of a packed Lord at the World Cup Super Over – !
It shows how gifted he is. He could learn quickly, and that he has the confidence. He will go from strength to strength.
I believe he needs to be a short midnight guy. You retain them when you have got somebody who you think will get you wickets, and Joe Root is going to have to be careful with him.
Ray Illingworth captained John Snow nicely. In Australia, bursts that were three-over bowled. He understood that was exactly what the captain desired , as a bowler, you gear yourself up – you know what your function is and you realize you’re not likely to be bowled to the ground.
It doesn’t quite work in one and if Archer is used in bouts that are brief, he has the power.
What’s intriguing about Archer is that his pace fluctuates quite a good deal, and I really don’t think he’s doing it intentionally.
He’s off a run with a very simple, relaxed form of approach. Therefore when it clicks, you receive those 90mph blasts that are astonishing. Other times, he’s hovering around the 87mph mark, that remains fast, but it’s interesting to see.
I have no doubt he will get better and better.
I guess that somewhere down the internet Archer is going to have the question about Twenty20 leagues – if be away for ages and he would like to be more travelling for months. It is going to be some thing England may need to look at, the way they could manage not Archer but the players that are T20 that are talented.
Kevin Pietersen wanted to do that and it was thrown out, but I think times have changed. I believe England have awakened to the fact that they are going to allow their cricketers to go.
Ultimately, Sam Curran. I fancied him to get out Steve Smith now though that wicket went to Woakes and him bothered.
What I really like about Currans, played against him a lot and having understood their daddy Kevin, is they’re both ferocious opponents.
It’s possible to see they both are a chip off the old block. Sam comes in, and he’s a tiny terrier, nipping off at your knees, asking questions.
Hopefully we will see that these promising young players from New Zealand and South Africa this winter, on hard ones and pitches that swing. Having looked bereft abroad the previous time they had been in Australia England have guys for many seasons.
That’s what pace will for you.
Jonathan Agnew spoke to the Amy Lofthouse of BBC Sport.

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