South Africa v England: Jofra Archer ‘big part’ of dressing room – Joe Root
England captain Joe Root states Jofra Archer”is a big part of our dressing room” later Kevin Pietersen contested the pace bowler’s treatment.
24, archer, played at the defeat but overlooked the next two Tests, which England won.
Ex-England batsman Pietersen stated in a newspaper interview:”Archer is copping it in the moment, and likely because he is from the Caribbean.”
“He [Archer] is desperate to do well in Test cricket,” said Root.
“He’s desperate to find out and to develop. He loves the game and he adores the surroundings.
“We want to keep making certain that that’s a place he would like to remain involved ”
Barbados-born Archer took six wickets – like 5-102 from the next innings – and, after missing the previous two, could return from a knee injury to its fourth and last Test in Johannesburg.
“It’s been a really frustrating excursion for him for several reasons with his injury,” additional Root.
“Also, someone at the beginning of his career visiting South Africa and carrying a five-for and needing to lose out on the next few matches, is never an easy issue to choose as a player.
“There were several learnings for him on this excursion.
“We are extremely keen on making sure that we try to get the most out of Jofra – maintain creating an environment where he can learn, grow rather than stand still as a participant and continue growing in Test cricket”
Archer can play from the fourth Test along with fellow pace bowler Mark Wood as his beginning line-up is considered by Root.
“It’d be wonderful to see how they move together,” said .
“I believe they would be a relentless barrage of pace which is exciting, particularly on a surface such as you normally get here at the Wanderers.”
Root captained England to a series win in Sri Lanka in 2018 but believes winning in South Africa would be his moment because his nation’s captain.
“I think it probably is, yes, because of the various things we have needed to handle during this tour,” said .
“It would be a really major accomplishment for this category.
“It has turned into a tour which has thrown everything at us and I think collectively as a squad, not just the players but the coaching team, have worked tirelessly to make sure we remained calm and as much in control as we can.”