Published: Fri, November 22, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

England captain Joe Root: Jofra Archer must focus on express pace

England captain Joe Root: Jofra Archer must focus on express pace

In a promising start to his Test career, Curran has averaged 30.05 with the bat and 29.00 with the ball in 11 Tests, and was named Man of the Series in his maiden summer against India in 2018 after a series of gutsy displays, particularly in the first Test at Edgbaston, where he set up a tight victory with four first-innings wickets and a vital 63.

But England skipper Joe Root is painfully aware that his team underperformed when it lost a two-Test series in New Zealand previous year after underestimating the Black Caps' bowlers on their home turf. It won't be easy.

Dom Sibley believes the breakneck pace generated by Jofra Archer is an extra arrow in England's quiver when they are dealing with an ageing Kookaburra ball.

Root said he had been working on his batting shortcomings and denied the Test captaincy weighed on his performance in the drawn mid-year series against Australia, in which he suffered three ducks as England failed to regain the Ashes.

The 21-year-old said: "I think any bowler who plays with a Kookaburra is going to say he prefers the Dukes, but you have to learn somehow".

"It doesn't restrict my movement too much, it's only in certain specific positions, it's more that happens in a wide squat or these sort of things", Williamson told Radio New Zealand of his injury. He even found some rare swing for the delivery that had Jimmy Neesham caught behind.

"As an all-rounder, I look up to someone like Stokesy (Ben Stokes) and the way he contributes with the bat up the order and he takes wickets when he bowls and that is what I aspire to do. I don't pick one, I train them both as hard as each other so when it comes to it I can contribute with bat and ball".

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Members of the New Zealand A team, which played England in a recent warm-up match, were also startled by the pace. He is a point of difference.

"I think it makes it a bit easier to be playing with guys you've grown up with". 'If things are going badly, you can kind of laugh it off and stay positive because you're playing with mates.

"That is my responsibility and whoever gets the spot, if it is me, has to take the opportunity by getting runs and taking wickets and contributing to the team". It will be special'.

Sibley deserves his chance after a good season in the County Championship and is the latest to drink from the poisoned chalice left by the departures of openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook.

Dominic Sibley, aged 24, will become England's 694th Test cap when he makes his debut in the opening Test, and the first specialist batsman - fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Ollie Stone came in between - since Jason Roy, the 691st, who scored 72 on his debut against Ireland, before his red-ball inexperience was exposed by Australia.

'It will be a pretty cool feeling, ' said Burns. I've seen the way he holds himself and his team, and the way he plays the game is very admirable.

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