The criticism that Jofra Archer doesn’t play at top speed often enough is “out of order,” said former England captain Michael Vaughan.
The 25-year-old cast an exhilarating spell on the last day of the first test against the West Indies at Southampton, but his 3-45 could not prevent England from falling in a four-window defeat.
Vaughan, who believes it is “impossible” to always play past 90 mph, said, “I would always have it on my team. ”
Speaking on the BBC Radio 5 Live Tuffers and Vaughan podcast, Vaughan added: “When I see these spells as I did yesterday, you just know it has that point of difference. ”
In the first test against the West Indies, former tourist fast bowler Tino Best appeared to criticize Archer’s speeds, tweeting that Archer “hasn’t moved quickly” since last summer’s Ashes series against Australia.
Vaughan, however, says it is “impossible” for fast bowlers to reach maximum speed with each delivery.
“In the future he will have frustrating days, he is a young bowler. Will it really become consistent the older it gets? Perhaps. ”
” Watch [Australia’s] Brett Lee et [Pakistan’s] Shoaib Akhtar. They have a lot of spells where you just go “go, you can ride it”, but it’s impossible. The body just doesn’t allow you to do it every time you play.
“But when you get that click, those six or seven overs where everything is in sync and you see the ball flying over 90 mph causing chaos, that’s why you put Jofra Archer on your team.
“I was delighted with Jofra’s fate yesterday – he was back to do what he does best. “
“The Antilles can go to the first rank”
The second test in the three-game series begins at Emirates Old Trafford on Thursday, with the West Indies knowing that victory would see them keep the Wisden Trophy they won with a series win in the Caribbean 18 months ago.
The West Indies also won at Headingley on their last tour of England in 2017, having improved considerably since Captain Jason Holder took office in 2015.
They are seventh in the current world championship, even though they have only played three games, but day specialist Carlos Brathwaite thinks they can become the best five-day team in the world.
“The only thing, if I’m being brutally honest, that I can see by preventing this team from rising to the top in the world is more consistent tactics,” said Brathwaite, who works as an analyst for the BBC during the playoffs.
“Their hitters have to do exactly what Jermaine Blackwood did – come in, absorb the momentum and transfer the pressure to the bowlers.
“So the change for me now is selfish enough not only to score 60-80, but to go on and get a 100, 150 or a double cent.
“You see what Steve Smith did in the Ashes, he basically exhausted the bowlers and won the Test for Australia and we need a few West Indian batter to raise their hands and not settle for 60 or 70 odd and consider scoring big scores.
“Then we can really fight for the number one or two in the world and we can really compete on all fronts again. “