IND v. ENG We control the final game if we win a third test: Jofra Archer

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Joffra Archer

English Rhythm Joffre Archer said on Monday that his team will control the fourth and final test against India if it manages to win the upcoming Pink Ball match, which starts here on Wednesday.

The 1-1 series added importance to both teams in their search for a place in the World Cup final.

Archer, who did not play the second test due to an elbow injury, will be included in the game with a pink ball.

Asked if England could win the series from here, Archer said: “Oh, yes. I think that’s why the next test is important. If we continue anyway, we can always draw (fourth test).

“We always play to win, but the next one puts us in the driver’s seat, I think we control the last game if we win this one,” he said during a virtual media interaction.

Archer looks forward to bowling with the pink ball under the lights.

“I feel like a normal pink ball, to be honest. I’ve used the pink ball a few times, it’s almost the same, it rubs a little, it’s a little hard to shine, but it usually stays a little harder.

“And when the lights come on, it does a little more than during the day, so you know it’s pretty consistent, I’d say.”

While playing under the lights, the Barbados-born Pierce said: “It’s a little different now because when you play in England, it’s still late at 10am, I think that beats the target, but it will be new to me.

“Obviously it would be nice to actually play with a pink ball.”

Although the pink ball helps the rhythm more, the pitch is expected to be another turner.

“I think spinning plays a big role in India. Don’t think the captain expects you (the pacer) to get five for or six for the subcontinent, you get two or three and you’re done. I think that’s our job. “Archer said of his role in the country.

The speedster said he would not play the second test anyway, as part of Britain’s rotating policy to deal with the life of the bubble.

“I guess I feel good, there are no complaints here. I just tried to use the best of a two-week window. I could play the second test if necessary, but I would still rest to have enough time to recover for third Test.

“It’s always good to compete for a place. As long as you’re okay, I’d rather take part in a test series and then try to play a lot of games.”

The policy of rotation is the subject of intense debate, but Archer said it was a matter of time.

“I think it is necessary especially now during COVID and other things, there are many periods of rest and quarantine. I think we need rest and rotation for now.

“That’s why we have such a great team. Touchwood are all fit, but it’s very unlikely anyone will fall with an injury.

“The last thing we need is to fight for a change, so I think the beauty of a great team is that we can see everyone every day, even if it’s not in the team or in the team, you can still see what they can do it, “he added.



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