Jofra Archer has given Australia’s batsmen hard time in recent weeks – but he does not care how fast he bowls for England.
The 25-year old bowler sent some strong performance as his side won the second ODI in Manchester on Sunday, removing Marcus Stoinis with a brutish bouncer at the body, he has also removed David Warner four times in a row during Australia’s late summer white-ball tour.
Jofra Archer says his priority is to stick to plans set by captain Eion Morgan and not just bowl as swiftly as possible.
“I honestly don’t know but if you are in a great frame of mind you are probably going to bowl a bit better or faster.”
“Pace is not always the answer. I don’t feel that I was bowling that fast [in the second ODI]. At times, I feel I have bowled faster than that. As long as I feel good, I don’t care what speed I am bowling at.”
“Morgan’s advice is ‘it doesn’t matter how fast you bowl, just stick to the plan. If you are going to bowl in the channel, straight, sharp, just commit and stick to the plan’. The plan always comes first.”
“He encourages me to take the attacking option and as long as you have the backing of the skipper, your team-mates and management, even if you do lose, who cares? So what?”
Archer has bowled quicker in white-ball cricket than he did in Test matches this summer, with the 25-year-old offering a simple suggestion as to why.
“The time I am going to be spending bowling is a lot less than in Test cricket – you can’t run in the whole day bowling 90mph. It’s actually impossible.
“If you can show me someone that does it, fair play to them. I have not seen someone who bowls 90mph do it for a whole day.”
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