Battle Between Matthew Wade and Jofra Archer
After facing fierce bouncers by Jofra Archer, Matthew Wade expects more chin music in the 2021-2022 Ashes in Australia. Matthew Wade, who scored a brilliant century (117 runs out of 166 balls) in a fifth and final Test, faced in a battle with Archer and the other English players battling verbal stakes throughout the series emerges in a battle between Jofra Archer and Matthew Wade.
The two men were treated to a superb joke on the fourth day at The Oval. Archer sent threatening deliveries exceeding 154 km/h, including one on Wade’s shoulder.
“What Jofra did to test cricket … I knew he was whimsical – and when he was on the English team, I knew he would play this series,” Wade said at the end of the match.
“We all thought it would slow down one day, but I can tell you that, despite this spell, it certainly didn’t slow down too much. He kept coming.
“It’s challenging to test cricket. I felt comfortable with the way I played. I felt I could handle what he was delivering, and he thought he could rip my head off or get me out. It was a good battle. There was a bit of a joke, not words.”
Wade also said Archer would be a handful in Australian conditions but could be more comfortable to face on crowded terrain.
“I think he’ll be a handful on all the courts he plays on. Traditionally, Australia is a little easier to play than the short ball, especially because of the consistency of the bounce. You can put yourself under the balls. You’ve seen a lot of this series of guys sneaking into the balls myself.”
“The pace of the wickets is not the same as the one we have and the consistency in Australia. It will be a difficult job. You probably have a more complete touch than what you can do here with slow throws and less bounce. But there will be a handful of players on all the pitches in which he will play over the next two years, and Australia will be no different.”
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 15, 2019