Jofra Archer, the three lions pacer, has impressively enjoyed Naseem Shah and rest of the Pakistan’s bowling line-up against England. He mentioned Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled well up to 90 mph but as the pitch conditions are to turn a bit slower and dry after two-three days pass, he believes the pace won’t remain similar.
He says he is eagerly waiting to watch their bowling in the afternoon or later.
Jofra Archer waiting to watch Naseem Shah after Day 2 as well on the Old Trafford’s slow pitch
“It’s not deliberate. It’s not every day you’re going to come in at 90mph. I’ve seen Shah started bowling 90mph so we’ll see how he goes on later on tomorrow morning or afternoon,” Archer told reporters.
“No one is a robot, so I’ll be very, very interested to see what he can produce a bit later. This is not a wicket you’re really going to try to bend your back on. It’s spinning on day two so that says a lot,” he added.
Archer believes despite England’s perfect bowling, Men in Green got dominance over them with the batting tricks.
“I don’t think it went our way, a lot of balls we bowled today beat the bat or got the edge we had two lbws turned around, one with a feather. I think we bowled well as a unit, but we didn’t have a lot of luck. Pakistan batted well and put on some pressure after lunch” he maintained.
The men in green have done their best so far as setting 326 in the first innings must have pressurized the hosts, the fast-bowlers also have got dominant over English talented batsmen. The bowlers have grabbed the batsmen such as Stokes, Root, Sibley, Burns, and Pope which has enhanced winning chances of Pakistan with England being at 159 on lunch (Pakistan leads by 167 runs at lunch, day 2).
The sides will be seen in action on the mentioned below dates:
5-9 Aug – 1st Test, Old Trafford
13-17 Aug – 2nd Test, Ageas Bowl
21-25 Aug – 3rd Test, Ageas Bowl
28 Aug – 1st T20I, Old Trafford
30 Aug – 2nd T20I, Old Trafford
1 Sep – 3rd T20I, Old Trafford
It is to be noted that the series is going on behind closed doors.