Prior to the test series between England vs West Indies, former cricketer Ian Bishop levelled comparison between Jofra Archer and Caribbean legend Michael Holding. Bishop believes that Holding and Archer’s bowling actions are two of the ‘easiest and orthodox’ actions he has come across.
Archer has played against West Indies at the 2019 World Cup but this summer’s series would be the first time he had faced them Tests.
Speaking during an ICC podcast with Nasser Hussain and Elma Smit, Bishop opined, “In terms of modern guys, when I talk about bowling techniques, Jofra Archer’s easiness reminds me of Michael Holding. Holding and Archer’s bowling actions are two of the easiest, orthodox actions I have ever seen. I rate Archer’s potential very highly.”
Archer will be the only cricketer to have represented both the countries when the teams lock horns in the first Test match in Southampton. The Barbadian cricketer has played three times for West Indies U-19 before opting to play for England. He has donned the maroon jersey alongside the likes of batsman Shai Hope and speedster Chemar Holder during his U-19 days.
Archer, who is set to feature in the first test against Windies at the Ageas Bowl, has played only 7 tests so far. With a blistering record ever since his debut, the dynamic all-rounder currently has 30 scalps in just 7 matches with three 5-wicket hauls in the longest format of the game.
The upcoming West Indies vs England Test series is going to be a part of the ongoing World Test Championship. The Caribbean team have won 57 Tests and lost 49 against England, managing to draw the remaining 51 out of the total of 157.
The visitors would be looking forward to decreasing this difference while the Englishmen will be eyeing on the overall record.