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'He's added a different dynamic' – Root excited by what Archer offers

Eng v Aus, 2nd Test, reactions

Joe Root, the England captain, was thrilled with Jofra Archer's Test debut, and is convinced the pace bowler will be a tricky challenge for the Australians in the three remaining Ashes matches.

Archer had figures of 2/59 and 3/32 in the Lord's Test on his England debut. Impressively, he sent down 44 overs, more than any other England bowler in the match, and his speeds barely flagged as England went for the win on the final day. His bouncer was menacing, and several Australian batsmen found themselves at the receiving end of it. 

Root felt that with his pace and the skills of the other members of the attack, England had a "tasty combo".

“It’s pleasing to see someone come in on Test debut, shake up things and live up to the hype – even some of the hype he put on himself," Root said on Sunday, 18 August, after the match ended in an exciting draw.

"He's come in and made a massive impact. He's added a different dynamic to our bowling group and given Australia something different to think about.

I am not sure there will be a better debut in terms of announcing yourself.

Ben Stokes on Jofra Archer

"He's very different to other options that we've had previously in this team, and on a different surface, which might nibble and swing a little bit more to add that into a quartet, it's a really big bonus for the team," the skipper explained. "You always feel like you've got something different to turn to.

“He makes things happen when not many others in world cricket can, with such a unique action and natural pace, which is always in the game on any surface," he added. "It's always nice when you're stood at slip and not batting against him."

Ben Stokes, whose hundred in England's second innings was crucial in giving them a chance at a win, too was impressed with his team-mate's performance. “I am not sure there will be a better debut in terms of announcing yourself," he told BBC.

“The spell [to Smith on Saturday] was incredible to watch. We were laughing he was going to be top of the rankings after one Test. We are very lucky he is in our team. He gives you an extra dimension.”

Having asked for a "big response" from his team in the Test, Root got exactly that. Going into the third Test at Headingley on Thursday, 22 August, the home captain believes his team have the momentum. "It felt like we put them under huge pressure," he said. "It shows how much we're in this series."

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