England is pace intruder at this World Cup … But do they need both Jofra Archer and Mark Wood?
- I was a little concerned that Jofra Archer might not live up to his billing
- We have seen that players have difficulty establishing themselves after being forced to wait
- But I had the same feeling with him as when I first saw Jimmy Anderson eating
- If you want both Archer and Mark Wood in your side, who do you drop?
Jofra Archer was constructed as something special prior to his introduction to international cricket and I have to admit that I was a little worried that he might not be able to deliver.
We've all seen players struggling to settle down after waiting to qualify for England, and I wondered if Archer, with all the hype and expectation, could be one of them. There was no need to worry.
The first time I saw Archer-bowl for England on the Oval – I hadn't seen him too much before and he wasn't in Dublin for his debut – I had the same feeling as when I first saw Jimmy Anderson as the England's leader all those years ago.
Jofra Archer has made bowling fast looking ridiculously easy so far at this Cricket World Cup
Archer makes bowling fast looking ridiculously easy. Both Jofra and Mark Wood have bet extremely fast in this World Cup, but you could say that Archer has more potential in taking the wicket, as he does a little more with the ball.
He is also very upright and comes close to the stumps, which means that he, especially against left-handed people, brings lbw and much more into the comparison.
Wood, on the other hand, leans a bit away and places the ball outside the left-hander's stump.
Just look at the ball that closed Soumya Sarkar in Cardiff. It was an absolute jaffa well of over 90 miles per hour, anointed back, trimmed the bail, and flew across the border for & # 39; six & # 39 ;! Would you like to see something like that?
Archer also just comes in. It must be like a bowling machine and someone running it from 80 to 90 mph without telling you.
The Bangladesh openers Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal are good players, but they hung back and didn't like it at all. That is what extra pace does to you.
Archer is very upright and comes close to the stumps making it difficult for left-handed people
Archer has certainly proved to be an excellent addition to an English team that needed an injection of speed. He brought that X factor.
Now they have found real pace in not only Archer but also Wood and the only question is whether they need both in their first choice for a one-day attack.
England thought they had made a difficult decision to leave their World Cup squadron – ultimately the unfortunate man was David Willey – but actually the most difficult call is who leaves the biggest games as the tournament develops. If you want Archer and Wood in the same team as on Saturday, who's missing?
Liam Plunkett was omitted from Trent Bridge against Pakistan, but that turned out to be a mistake, because they missed him in the intermediate rounds. Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, left against Bangladesh, have both been super for a long period, while Chris Woakes is exceptional with the new ball.
What England should not do if the tournament continues is about their selection in the short term. Two games ago, Archer was put on Trent Bridge. Look how he walked in Cardiff.
Both Archer and Mark Wood (R) have been bowling extremely fast during the tournament
Now people are starting to ask questions about Woakes because he has been a little expensive in this cup from time to time, but just look at how he has blown something over the past year in white-ball cricket and his current 50-over ranking of ninth in the world.
Look at when he also bowls: it is always in the most difficult stages of a turn, at the start and at the end when players turn off.
England has based much of their success with white-ball on offering extended opportunities to batsmen and not losing confidence after a few failures. They must have even more confidence in their bowling attack because of how tough the job is now.
Do not make reflex responses if someone goes 90 in 10 because it will happen.
That's why I was happy that Rashid played against Bangladesh. He has played a major role in the success of England, has always enjoyed the full support of Eoin Morgan and was there with the best at taking wickets.
People have started asking questions about Chris Woakes because he has been a bit expensive
Yes, he is a bit out of shape, but a leg spinner must be attacked and the way Morgan has treated Rashid is one of his biggest hits.
Traditionally we have not used wrist spinners in English cricket as we should have.
Perhaps because of our circumstances, spinners have mainly been used to contain cricket in limited quantities, but Morgan has shown whether you support someone like Rashid, give him the right fields and deliver him at the right times at the right times.
Adil can walk around with a little bit of swagger, but he actually needs an arm around his shoulder and when he picked him up on Saturday, Morgan did exactly that.
The only question for him now is that Friday against West Indie is missing. It is far from an easy decision.
The way Captain Eoin Morgan treated the spinner Adil Rashid is one of his biggest hits
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