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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Archer receives surprise supporter ahead of debut


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Former Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson has backed England's Jofra Archer to be able to handle the nerves as he prepares to make his Test debut at Lord's.

Archer and the rest of the English team, as well as the Australians, were made to wait as rain ruined the first day of the second Ashes Test, but both teams will look to get off to a positive start on day two.

After being dominated by Steve Smith at Edgbaston, England is hoping the extra pace provided by Archer can trouble the Aussie star.

Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Johnson said that Archer's naturally "relaxed" nature would allow him to cope with the significant pressure that comes with a Lord's Test debut.

Jofra Archer at England training

"I reckon he'll be pretty relaxed in the dressing room to be honest," Johnson said.

"He would have loved to have gotten out there (on day one), that's for sure.

"Playing your first Test match at Lord's is absolutely amazing and it would be dream for a lot of kids."

Johnson hilariously revealed that Archer had offered him a lift to the ground during the Edgbaston Test, and said that it was vital for the Barbados native to stay true to himself.

"I'm excited to see how he handles the pressure because there is a lot of pressure on him," he said.

"He needs to be himself and stay calm and if he does that I think he'll be a big threat.

"He's quite switched on for a young guy that hasn't played a lot of cricket."

Whether Archer's body will stand up to the rigours that come with Test cricket has been a major topic of discussion between the two Tests.

Jofra Archer

Australian coach Justin Langer said that his side will look to "wear down" the paceman, while Archer warned the coach that he had "another thing coming".

While he will be playing his first Test match, Archer has a wealth of experience at the domestic level, having played the same number of first class and List A matches (28).

Archer's numbers in his 28 first class appearances are impressive, having taken a remarkable 131 wickets at an awesome average of 23.44.

While the two playing XIs are yet to be confirmed, Archer and left-arm spinner Jack Leach are widely expected to be the two inclusions for Joe Root's side at Lord's.

Former Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson has backed England's Jofra Archer to be able to handle the nerves as he prepares to make his Test debut at Lord's.

Archer and the rest of the English team, as well as the Australians, were made to wait as rain ruined the first day of the second Ashes Test, but both teams will look to get off to a positive start on day two.

After being dominated by Steve Smith at Edgbaston, England is hoping the extra pace provided by Archer can trouble the Aussie star.

Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Johnson said that Archer's naturally "relaxed" nature would allow him to cope with the significant pressure that comes with a Lord's Test debut.

Jofra Archer at England training

"I reckon he'll be pretty relaxed in the dressing room to be honest," Johnson said.

"He would have loved to have gotten out there (on day one), that's for sure.

"Playing your first Test match at Lord's is absolutely amazing and it would be dream for a lot of kids."

Johnson hilariously revealed that Archer had offered him a lift to the ground during the Edgbaston Test, and said that it was vital for the Barbados native to stay true to himself.

"I'm excited to see how he handles the pressure because there is a lot of pressure on him," he said.

"He needs to be himself and stay calm and if he does that I think he'll be a big threat.

"He's quite switched on for a young guy that hasn't played a lot of cricket."

Whether Archer's body will stand up to the rigours that come with Test cricket has been a major topic of discussion between the two Tests.

Jofra Archer

Australian coach Justin Langer said that his side will look to "wear down" the paceman, while Archer warned the coach that he had "another thing coming".

While he will be playing his first Test match, Archer has a wealth of experience at the domestic level, having played the same number of first class and List A matches (28).

Archer's numbers in his 28 first class appearances are impressive, having taken a remarkable 131 wickets at an awesome average of 23.44.

While the two playing XIs are yet to be confirmed, Archer and left-arm spinner Jack Leach are widely expected to be the two inclusions for Joe Root's side at Lord's.

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