Eng­land coach says Jofra needs more time

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By DAVID CHARLESWOR­TH

HEAD coach Chris Sil­ver­wood ad­mit­ted Eng­land are still learn­ing how to get the best out of Jofra Archer af­ter a day of toil in the first Test against New Zealand at Mount Maun­ganui.

Ex­pec­ta­tion on Archer has risen sig­nif­i­cantly since his stand­out roles in the World Cup and Ashes, but he has been un­able to con­sis­tently reach the speeds in the last cou­ple of days that saw him be­come a break­out star for Eng­land.

There was a brief, sharp burst as he topped 94.4mph on day three against the Black Caps but he re­mains wick­et­less so far in his first over­seas Test and only his fifth in to­tal.

New Zealand only lost two wick­ets all day as BJ Watling’s pa­tient 119 not out ush­ered them to 394 for six and a firstin­nings lead of 41 on a slow sur­face where Archer’s pace and ag­gres­sion was ex­pected to make a dif­fer­ence.

Sil­ver­wood said: “He’s still very young in his Test ca­reer. At the same time, Jofra’s learn­ing about him­self and the game of Test cricket and equally Joe (Root) is learn­ing to cap­tain him as well.

“From a holis­tic point of view we’re grow­ing to­gether, really. It’s a learn­ing curve for us. How do we take 20 wick­ets abroad? This is part of the process and we’re build­ing from it.”

Sil­ver­wood added: “Jofra cre­ates prob­lems. He was un­lucky not to get an lbw, there was a faint tickle on that one. He’s learn­ing ways to op­er­ate when he’s out there and the one thing we know he has is a fe­ro­cious bouncer.”

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