Jofra Archer can help us regain Ashes in 2021-22, Says Ben Stokes
England vice-captain Ben Stokes believes young fast bowler Jofra Archer can help them recover the ashes when they travel to Australia next 2021-22. Archer, playing in his debut test series, picked up 22 wickets in the recently concluded five-match series that ended in a 2–2 draw.
The 24-year-old, who rose to fame after playing an integral role in England’s first World Cup victory in June-July, unleashed his pace against the mighty Australians and kept them alert during the four test matches he played in the as ashes.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more talented bowler in my time. It’s great to have him on your team. He’s certainly the kind of person who can help recover those ashes when we sink (in 2021-22),” the Guardian said quoting Stokes.
“He also has experience in that part of the world playing big bash, so he’ll feel comfortable going back and forth.”
“When you can play 90 mph, and with the control you have, then it will be a big threat anywhere in the world,” he added.
Stokes also compared Archer to Australian Pat Cummins, who became the leading wicket-taker with 29 victims in the series and said he expects the Barbados-born player to improve in the days ahead.
“It’s sporadic for a 24-year-old to be able to get in, expose himself to this environment and then step up and improve game by game as fast as Jof does,” Stokes said. “There’s a lot more to come from him because he’s very skillful and picks things up very quickly.”
England will now travel to New Zealand for five T20I and two test matches at the end of October.