Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Archer Will Learn 'Huge Amount' from Test

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Archer Will Learn 'Huge Amount' from Test

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ENGLAND captain Joe Root is convinced Jofra Archer's career remains on an upward trajectory despite a challenging time for the paceman in the two-Test series against New Zealand. Archer burst on to the international scene with a series of remarkable performances in the World Cup and Ashes but took a combined two for 209 in this series as he struggled to adjust to the flat surfaces and Kookaburra ball. It was the first notable setback for the fast bowler, who should have had his third scalp of the trip on the final day of the second Test at Hamilton, only for Joe Denly to drop the simplest of chances. That reprieved New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who, along with veteran batsman Ross Taylor, recorded centuries to ensure a draw at Seddon Park as the Black Caps claimed a 1-0 series victory. Nevertheless, the delivery to Williamson, changing his action by withdrawing his front arm and bowling a knuckle ball, was enough to encourage Root that Archer has a prominent role in England's future. Root said: "I think he'll learn a huge amount from this, I really do. "He's obviously an extremely exciting talent and he's got so much to offer Test cricket and this team and I'm sure it won't be long till we see him tear it up again. "I think he's found out there are a number of ways you've got to be able to operate and you've got to show real resilience sometimes when it does get quite flat and keep putting in time and time again, which he did. "He showed a great amount of variety in trying to take wickets and produce an opportunity; bowling with no front arm, bowling his knuckle balls, a couple of leg-cutters and a quick bouncer every now and again to change the pace. "It shows he's got all the skills that are there, it's now just putting it all together. I'm sure he'll learn very quickly and I'm pretty confident we'll get the best out of him soon. …

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