England’s fast bowler Jofra Archer has experience of playing limited-overs cricket in India, but he will be playing Test cricket for the first time in India from February 5. Meanwhile, ahead of the 4-Match Test series, Jofra Archer has termed the entire Indian batting line-up as a potential threat, adding that anyone between No.1 to 6 has the ability to score a hundred.
“Everyone (is a big threat). It doesn’t matter who. (Anyone) from No. 1 to 6 can score hundreds,” Archer said.
He also said that India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah’s consistency is what impresses him.
“Guess his consistency (is impressive),” said the 25-year-old pacer.
Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and opener Rory Burns were rested from the Sri Lanka tour of England and hence these players had reached India before the team and they started practising in Chennai before their team.
Archer further stated that one can not compare the limited over cricket with the red ball cricket. He might have played for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League but it will be totally different with red-ball cricket.
“I have never played with the red ball here. You can’t really compare it (playing white-ball and red-ball cricket in India),” said Archer while adding that he isn’t speculating about the conditions yet.
“No, I haven’t [seen the conditions]. The pitch got uncovered only today. There can be any change until Friday. So there is no sense.”
The Barbados-born player further heaped high praises on captain Joe Root saying that the England skipper is looking good to play about 70 more Test matches. The root is set to play his 100th Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
“He (Root) has been really reassuring. Not just for me but for every single person on the team. He is a great man-manager, a great person also. So no surprise that he is playing his 100th Test. He has probably got another 70 left in him. So this is not the end,” added Archer.