Jofra Archer: Criticism of England bowler’s speeds is unfair, says Michael Vaughan

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Jofra Archer: Criticism of England bowler’s speeds is unfair, says Michael Vaughan


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Criticism that Jofra Archer doesn’t bowl at top speed often enough is “out of order”, says former England captain Michael Vaughan.

The 25-year-old bowled an exhilarating spell on the final day of the first Test against West Indies in Southampton, but his 3-45 could not preventEngland falling to a four-wicket defeat.

Vaughan, who believes it is “impossible” to consistently bowl in excess of 90mph, said: “I’d have him in my team all the time.”

Speaking onthe BBC Radio 5 Live Tuffers and Vaughan podcast,Vaughan added: “When I see those spells like I did yesterday, you just know he’s got that point of difference.”

During the first Test against West Indies, the tourists’ former fast bowler Tino Best appeared to criticise Archer’s speeds, tweeting that Archer has “not bowled quickly” since last summer’s Ashes series against Australia.

Vaughan, however, says it is “impossible” for fast bowlers to reach top speed with every delivery.

“Going forward he will have frustrating days, he’s a young bowler. Will he become really consistent the older he gets? Maybe.

“Look at [Australia’s] Brett Lee and [Pakistan’s] Shoaib Akhtar. They have lots of spells where you just go ‘come on, you can crank it up’, but it’s impossible. The body just doesn’t allow you to do it every single over that you bowl.

“But when you get that click, that six or seven overs where everything is in sync and you see the ball flying down at 90mph-plus causing chaos, that’s why you put Jofra Archer in your team.

“I was delighted with Jofra’s spell yesterday – he was back to doing what he does best.”

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