Stuart Broad has told Jofra Archer to look forward to the forthcoming four-Test series in South Africa, even though it will be played with a Kookaburra ball.
Archer, after taking 22 wickets in four Tests against Australia last summer, has managed two so far in this two-Test series in New Zealand, and has had to bowl 70 overs to take them.
“He’s never experienced anything like it,” Broad said. “He (Archer) has played a lot of first-class Division Two cricket with the games in fast-forward. He said (at Mount Maunganui) he’d never gone through a day without taking a wicket but he’s still so new to this level of cricket. These pitches are tough work to get wickets on, you can’t expect to come and get five for 30 on pitches like this. I’m just encouraging him to look forward to South Africa – that’s a better place to bowl.”
“He (Archer) still judges himself on the wickets he takes but once he gets past 50 Tests he won’t do that, he’ll play on too many flat ones,” Broad added with a knowing smile, as one who has taken 471 Test wickets himself. “He’s been a bit disappointed because he’s used to making things happen in cricket.
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