England captain Root urges Archer to ‘unleash a little bit more’

England in New Zealand 2019/20

England captain Joe Root has urged Jofra Archer to “unleash a little bit more” as the fast bowler proved largely ineffective as England lost by an innings to New Zealand, in Archer’s first overseas Test match.

England’s willing attack were able to keep the run-rate under control on a flat and slow surface, but even Archer was not a consistent threat in his first overseas Test, in which he finished with one for 107 from 42 draining overs.

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Only in brief patches did Archer get up to the speeds he proved he is capable of reaching during the World Cup and Ashes, something not lost on Root, who urged the quick to show more unbridled aggression.



Root said: “He’s got all the attributes that can be very successful here and he’s got to learn that sometimes you’ve got to make sure every spell counts. You really have got to run in and use that extra pace to your advantage.

“In many ways I can’t fault his effort, bowling the amount he has done throughout this innings shows that he cares and he wants to put in for this team.

“But I think there are certain spells where he can just unleash a little bit more. That will come with experience and time.

“I don’t think sometimes he realises how good he is and what he can do, especially when the wicket does look flat.

“Hopefully he’ll be able to learn from an experience like this one. In many ways I can see it really motivating him and making him a better player.”

Archer was seen riding around on a segway designed for television cameramen less than half an hour before the opening day’s play, leading some to point out he risked injuring himself.

Root added: “I wasn’t surprised but I’m glad that he got off it and he’s not been on it in the last couple of days. I don’t think he’ll be on it in the next Test match.”