Ashes 2019 | I do think red-ball cricket is my preferred format, states Jofra Archer

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Ashes 2019 | I do think red-ball cricket is my preferred format, states Jofra Archer

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English speedster Jofra Archer, who is all set to make his Test debut at Lord's on Wednesday, has revealed that his preference leans towards red-ball cricket. He has also stated that his "white-ball specialist" tag is purely due to the lack of television coverage of red-ball cricket.

After setting the international stage alight by delivering England their first-ever World Cup title, the onus will now be on Jofra Archer to replicate the same in Test Cricket, with the 24-year-old set to make his debut at Lord's on Wednesday. Ahead of the crunch encounter, Archer proved his fitness in a four-day game for Sussex's second XI, claiming six wickets to go along with a blistering century.

However, there have still been inevitable question marks over his selection, with people branding him as a limited-overs specialist. But the speedster has quashed all such speculations, stating that the only reason people raise doubts over his red-ball credibilities is because of the format's lack of television coverage. Archer, who has taken 131 wickets in 28 first-class matches, also said that he prefers the red-ball format over the white-ball ones, having made his first-class debut back in 2016. 

"Well, I've played a lot more red-ball (overall) than I have white-ball. I do think it's my preferred format anyway. Red ball isn't really shown on TV so a lot of people won't know," Archer was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

"Looking at the scorecard, it doesn't really tell the full story of how a game panned out anyway. It was actually the first format I played in when I started at Sussex," he added.

Having been branded as England's saviour and the boy with the golden arm, Archer has warned the general public to keep their expectations within check, stating that he'll try his best once he steps on the field, while also preparing for the worst, as miracles are not always bound to happen.

"What I would say is don't expect any miracles, firstly! Hopefully, I'm gonna make my debut sooner rather than later and I'll come in and do what I can. I can't work miracles - I'll try to, but I don't think that's how it might pan out. I'll try my best and I can only give my best," the 24-year-old said.

With Jimmy Anderson ruled out, England's hopes of seeing the back of Steve Smith early will rely heavily on the Barbados-born youngster, and when quizzed about it, Archer revealed that his plan will more or less be similar to the other bowlers, but feels that the Lord's wicket may post a completely different challenge to the Australian run machine.

"I think my ideas will be the same as the guys, it's just that the guys haven't been successful. He played really well at Edgbaston, I think had a day out - or days out, but Lord's is a bit different to Edgbaston. Hopefully one can do a bit more coming down the slope and hopefully he gets out for 90 runs less," he concluded.

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