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 prevent England 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. Look at Brett Lee and 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.” 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, 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. Tino Best played 25 test matches for west indies bowled in 45 innings and took only 57 wickets. Jofra Archer has played in only 8 test matches bowled in 15 innings and has already picked up 33 wickets. Att this rate, Archer is projected to surpass Tino Best’s 57 wickets in the next 5 matches, which would be about 15 fewer games to get to 57 wickets.
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