Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer sends pre-Lord's test warning to Australia

Jofra Archer was a standout for England in the Cricket World Cup.
Jofra Archer was a standout for England in the Cricket World Cup. Photo credit: Reuters

England rookie Jofra Archer has warned Australia coach Justin Langer not to underestimate him before his test debut at Lord's.

After they lost the opening match of the Ashes series at Edgbaston last week,
Joe Root's side are pinning their hopes on the 24-year-old, who has not played a first-class match in 11 months. 

Archer is almost certain to replace the injured Jimmy Anderson, who was forced out of the match in Birmingham with injury after four overs.

But Langer has questioned how successful Archer, who starred in England's World Cup win last month, can be, given his lack of recent red-ball action in such a high-pressure situation

"He's a very skilled bowler and a great athlete, but test cricket is very different to white-ball cricket," Langer said.

"We've got to keep wearing them down, and get him back into his second or third and fourth spells."

But Archer said playing in a second-team match for Sussex last week, where he took 6/27 and scored a century, has him ready to rip into Australia.

"I'm probably more ready than I've ever been," Archer said. "I think Justin Langer has another thing coming.

"I've played a lot more red ball than I have white ball. I do think it's my preferred format anyway.

"I personally believe, in test cricket, you get a lot more opportunities to redeem yourself.

"It was actually the first format I played in when I started at Sussex. If it's 50 overs, when you don't have a good 10-overs, that's it - you've got to wait till the next game.

"You have ample chances to do it in a red-ball game."

Steve Smith tormented England's batsmen at Edgbaston with centuries in both innings and has reached three figures 11 times against the old enemy since 2013.

Archer and Smith were teammates at Rajasthan Royals in the IPL this year, and the Barbados-born quick hopes his stellar form can be curtailed by the hosts at Lord's.

"I think my ideas will be the same as the guys, it's just that the guys haven't been successful," he said.

"He played really well at Edgbaston, I think he had a day out - or days out - but Lord's is a bit different.

"Hopefully one can do a bit more coming down the slope and hopefully he gets out for 90 runs less."

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