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Brutal spell proves Archer will win Test matches all over world

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Lucky Joe Root. Captains are made by their bowlers. I had Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison, Simon Jones and Matthew Hoggard. Andrew Strauss had Graeme Swann, James Anderson and Stuart Broad. It now feels as though, in Jofra Archer, Root has found his match-winner for all conditions.

I have never seen a spell as brutal as that from an England bowler. Perhaps Harmison and Flintoff bowled similar spells but only once they were established England cricketers. Archer has done it on his Test debut bowling to the best batsman of this generation.


Kevin Pietersen, Ian Botham and Flintoff emptied bars when they were batting but I have never seen an England bowler do it before. Every single fan was rooted to their seat. During that spell to Steve Smith, I looked out at the Nursery Ground where the food vans and big screens are situated and it was practically empty. Everyone wanted to watch something that was very special.

I believe Smith is the best Test batsman I have ever seen and yet this kid on debut completely pushed him right back. He has it all: pace, skill, variations of lines and consistent lengths. There is not a great deal that looks as if it could go wrong. He has a perfect straight leg when he releases the ball which gives him all his power.

I feel over........

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