Younis Khan sees Jofra Archer as ‘threat’ in England-Pakistan series

Pakistan baseball coach and former cricketing legend Younis Khan singled out fast-rising paceman Jofra Archer as a “major threat” in his team’s forthcoming matches against England.

The Pakistan squad left on Sunday for England, where they’re going to play three Tests and as many Twenty20 internationals, starting within the first week of August.

Younis said 25-year-old Archer has made a reputation for himself since qualifying to play for England and happening to play a key role in last year’s Ashes and therefore the triumphant World Cup campaign.

“He (Archer) may be a real match winner and a threat,” Younis told AFP before the team’s departure.

“Archer has strong nerves which he proved while bowling an important super over within the World Cup final,” said Younis of England’s nail-biting convert New Zealand at Lord’s last year.

“He has bite in his bowling and his high arm action is extremely good and provides him nip in his bowling,” he added.

But Younis — himself playing a key role in Pakistan’s 2-2 series attract England in 2016 with a double hundred within the last Test at The Oval — said Barbados-born Archer are often countered.

“There is hype around him in order that are often another pressure on him. I even have told the batsmen to play on the brink of the body and play on the rear foot because his in-swinger are often very dangerous.”

Younis remembered playing Archer in Pakistan’s exhibition game against Sussex in 2016.

“I remember playing him within the side game,” said Younis of Archer’s debut first-class match. “He got five wickets within the match but wasn’t on top of his bowling at the time like he’s now.”

Pakistan’s highest Test run scorer with 10,099, Younis said Pakistan should even be cautious of England’s most experienced bowlers — James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

“Anderson and Broad have a wealth of experience. they’re always an excellent pair. Whenever England have won they need the main share, but in August the weather are going to be dry and not very overcast in order that they are often handled properly.”

Pakistan got to score 300-350 within the first innings, so as to challenge England in bowling, the coach said.

The squad features a new pace battery with lanky Shaheen Shah Afridi as spearhead supported by 17-year-old Naseem Shah and Mohammad Abbas, who also played a key role on 2018 tour. “You face challenges in England as your technique also as nerves are put to check . i’m sure our team are going to be up thereto task,” said Younis.

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