'Justin Langer has another thing coming': Jofra Archer fires back at Aussies

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2019

The 24-year-old Barbados-born seamer, who starred for his adopted country in their World Cup triumph, missed the first Test defeat at Edgbaston because of a side strain.

Langer also said that he is curious to see how Jofra Archer performs. "He's a very skilled bowler and a great athlete, but Test cricket is very different to white-ball cricket", Langer warned.

"It's the same for everyone in Test cricket, get them into their second, third and fourth spells".

But Archer said the Australian coach should not underestimate him, despite the fact he has not played a game of first-class cricket since September a year ago. I think Justin Langer has another thing coming.

"In one-day cricket you can have explosive spells or three overs at death when you can really make a difference but it will be interesting to see how he settles into Test match lines and lengths and disciplines". I do think it's my preferred format anyway. "I think I played the second half of the red-ball season and only two white-ball games". In 50-over, if you don't have a good 10 overs, that's it, you've got to wait till the next game. You have ample changes to do it in a red ball game. "Test cricket is pretty much the same as first-class - know what your strengths are and stick to them".

"I'm more ready than I've ever been".

"It was actually the first format I played in when I started at Sussex".

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said he expects Archer to "have an impact" at Lord's if he is given his debut. He says he now feels "never better, never better".

He said Lord's brought back happy memories of England's victory over New Zealand in a thrilling World Cup final in July during which Archer was entrusted with bowling the Super Over which clinched the trophy.

"He does have the confidence and X-factor about him but I don't want the team to rely on a young lad coming in and expecting him to beat the Aussies. I can't work miracles, but I will try to".

Australia, for its part, is likely to give one of its fast-bowling group a first look at Ashes cricket this series.

"The one who will be 12th man will be even tougher - whether that be Sidds or Josh or James Pattinson, whether it's Starcy or Pat Cummins, they are all very, very good bowlers".

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