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By Jonathan Agnew
BBC cricket correspondent
Can you imagine Jofra Archer vs Steve Smith at Australia, on tough, pitches that are pacey, in two years’ time?
With speed from Mark Wood and Olly Stone possibly backing this up? And then Stokes, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes… it’d be fabulous!
I hope that we will get to see James Anderson, a Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes Test quartet .
Archer bowled for his 6-62 at The Oval as Australia stumbled on 225 all out, and I enjoyed watching him.
In Manchester, he was not at his finest – it was cold and he is likely to get days like this to deal with. But with all the sun a tiny bit in the pitch, on his back, he has bowled with accuracy and hostility, which is exactly what you would like.
Archer is a kind of man and he seems to have fitted in very well with England in all formats. He keeps changing his hair, he’s got gold bouncing around his neck – and he is a lad. Nothing seems to faze him.
Among those things about him is he learns things. He bowled it using a packed Lord’s viewing in the World Cup final Super Over then has a knuckleball he learnt in a week – !
It shows how gifted he is. He could learn quickly, and he has the confidence to perform well. He’ll go from strength to strength, undoubtedly.
I think he needs to be a short spells man. You keep on them, when you have got someone who you believe will get you wickets, and also Joe Root is going to have to be cautious with him.
John Snow was captained by ray Illingworth really nicely. Back in Australia, three-over bursts were bowled by Snow. He knew that was exactly what the captain desired and, as a bowler, you gear yourself up – and you realize you are not likely to be bowled to the floor.
It does work in a single and if Archer is employed in bouts, he has the capacity.
What is interesting about Archer is that his pace varies quite a lot, and I really don’t think he’s doing it intentionally.
He comes off a run with a very simple form of approach. When it all clicks, you receive those 90mph blasts that are amazing. Other times, he is hovering around the 87mph mark, that is fast, but it’s interesting to see.
I don’t have any doubt that he will get better and better.
I guess that somewhere down the internet Archer is going to get the question concerning leagues – if be away for ages and he would like to be more travelling for months. It’s likely to be something England may have to look at, the way they can manage not only Archer but another, T20 players that are talented.
Kevin Pietersen wished to do that and it had been thrown out, but I guess times have changed. I think England have woken up to the simple fact they are going to allow their cricketers to go.
Finally, Sam Curran. I rather fancied him to get Steve Smith out now though that wicket went to Woakes at the end and him troubled.
What I really like about Currans, played him a great deal and having known their dad Kevin well, is they’re both furious opponents.
It’s possible to see they both are a chip off the old block. Sam comes bustling in, and he’s a tiny terrier, nipping away asking queries.
Hopefully we’ll see that these young players in New Zealand and South Africa this winter, on challenging pitches and ones which swing. Having looked bereft the last time they were in Australia England have guys for several seasons.
That’s what pace does for you.
Jonathan Agnew was talking to the Amy Lofthouse of BBC Sport.