Australia coach Justin Langer has revealed that his side plan on wearing down Jofra Archer in the second Ashes Test against England which gets underway at Lord’s on Wednesday.
While England pace spearhead James Anderson is sidelined with a calf injury, Archer is set to make his long-awaited Test debut at Lord’s after being named in the 12-man squad.
The Barbados-born pacer’s impact in international cricket has been instant ever since he became eligible to represent England earlier this year and he was one of the stars of the side’s maiden World Cup win with a total of 20 wickets over the course of the campaign.
Langer, however, feels that Test cricket will be a whole different ball-game for Archer who has already established himself as one of the most fearsome limited-overs’ bowler in the world.
“I’m really curious about how Archer is going to go,” Langer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“He’s a very skilled bowler and a great athlete, but Test cricket is very different to white-ball cricket.
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“Like we’ve talked about a long time, we’ve got to keep wearing them (England’s bowlers) down and get him back into his second or third and fourth spells.”
Australia lead the Ashes series 1-0 after their 251-run win over the hosts in England and will be hoping to take another step towards retaining the urn when they take the field at Lord’s on Wednesday.
Having examined the Lord’s pitch from close quarters, Langer is wary that the surface for the second Test could be a dry one.
“The wicket is really interesting, it looks like it’s going to be a really flat wicket to me,” Langer said.
“It’s quite dry though. It’s not a surprise … the wicket is the last thing you look at when you come to Lord’s. Most grounds it’s the first thing to look at but here, there’s so much else to admire and love about being here.
“But whether it’s a green-top or a dry wicket, we have really good options and that’s nice as a coach and selector. One thing we have got is the luxury of six fast bowlers, they’re all high-class bowlers and we’ll work out what’s going to be best for this Test match, and best for the whole series.”
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