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Why Archer failed to impress Aussie Test great


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Australian Test great Glenn McGrath has questioned the work ethic of English paceman Jofra Archer after his indifferent performances throughout the Ashes series.

After coming into the English side for his Test debut at Lord's, Archer has blown hot and cold, mixing prolific spells with indifferent spells at times.

While his best has been incredible, particularly his vicious spell to Steve Smith at Lord's as well as his six-wicket haul in Headingley, McGrath said Archer is still well behind the likes of Australia's Pat Cummins.

"England have basically been held together by Stokes and Broad. Take them out of this team and they have been belted by Australia in this series," McGrath wrote in his column for BBC.

Jofra Archer

"A lot has been made of Jofra Archer but you can't just fire it up when things are good. You've got to do the hard yards as well, and I'm yet to see him do the hard yards.

"Archer can look to the example of Australia's Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, who have been extremely impressive in this series.

"Cummins is the number one Test bowler in the world for a reason. He just keeps delivering."

McGrath recalled a conversation with Indian skipper Virat Kohli and praised the performances of both Cummins and Hazlewood.

Paine and Cummins have a press conference at Old Trafford.

"I talked to Virat Kohli when India toured Australia last year and he said Cummins gave him more trouble than any other bowler," he said.

"Hazlewood missed the first Test at Edgbaston. He came in and did OK at Lord's. But at Headingley and Old Trafford he was exceptional.

"He picked up those three quick wickets after Cummins' spell on day three and gets a bit more bounce than his fellow fast bowler.

"But both bowl fast in such good areas and give the batsmen no bad balls to work with. They are complete bowlers."

Australian Test great Glenn McGrath has questioned the work ethic of English paceman Jofra Archer after his indifferent performances throughout the Ashes series.

After coming into the English side for his Test debut at Lord's, Archer has blown hot and cold, mixing prolific spells with indifferent spells at times.

While his best has been incredible, particularly his vicious spell to Steve Smith at Lord's as well as his six-wicket haul in Headingley, McGrath said Archer is still well behind the likes of Australia's Pat Cummins.

"England have basically been held together by Stokes and Broad. Take them out of this team and they have been belted by Australia in this series," McGrath wrote in his column for BBC.

Jofra Archer

"A lot has been made of Jofra Archer but you can't just fire it up when things are good. You've got to do the hard yards as well, and I'm yet to see him do the hard yards.

"Archer can look to the example of Australia's Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, who have been extremely impressive in this series.

"Cummins is the number one Test bowler in the world for a reason. He just keeps delivering."

McGrath recalled a conversation with Indian skipper Virat Kohli and praised the performances of both Cummins and Hazlewood.

Paine and Cummins have a press conference at Old Trafford.

"I talked to Virat Kohli when India toured Australia last year and he said Cummins gave him more trouble than any other bowler," he said.

"Hazlewood missed the first Test at Edgbaston. He came in and did OK at Lord's. But at Headingley and Old Trafford he was exceptional.

"He picked up those three quick wickets after Cummins' spell on day three and gets a bit more bounce than his fellow fast bowler.

"But both bowl fast in such good areas and give the batsmen no bad balls to work with. They are complete bowlers."

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