England coach says Jofra needs more time
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.”