Pakistan batting coach and former skipper Younis Khan has named speedster Jofra Archer as a “major threat” for Pakistan in the upcoming Test series against England.
The Pakistan squad departed for England via chartered plane on Sunday. The Men in Green will play 3 Tests and as many Twenty20 internationals, starting in early August.
Younis believes 25-year-old Archer has made quite a name for himself since qualifying to play for England and going on to play a key role in last year’s Ashes and the famous World Cup winning campaign.
“He (Archer) is a real match winner and a threat. Archer has strong nerves which he proved while bowling a crucial super over in the World Cup final,” said Younis of England’s nail-biting win over New Zealand at Lord’s last year. He has bite in his bowling and his high arm action is very good and gives him nip in his bowling,” said Younis.
However, Younis — who was one of Pakistan’s heroes in the 2-2 series draw in England in 2016, added that Barbados-born Archer can be countered.
“There is hype around him so that can be an added pressure on him. I have told the batsmen to play close to the body and play on the back foot because his in-swinger can be very dangerous.” Younis stressed.
Younis recalled playing Archer in Pakistan’s practice game against Sussex in 2016.
“I remember playing him in the side game. He got five wickets in the match but was not on top of his bowling at the time like he is now.” he added.
Pakistan’s highest Test run scorer with 10,099, Younis said Pakistan should also be wary of England’s veteran pacers – James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
“Anderson and Broad have a wealth of experience. They are always a great pair. Whenever England have won they have the major share, but in August the weather will be dry and not very overcast so they can be handled properly.” he said.
Younis also believes Pakistan need to regularly score in the 300-350 in the first innings to have a good chance against England.
“You face challenges in England as your technique as well as nerves are put to test. I am sure our team will be up to that task,” he concluded.