Archer lashes out at Chennai pitch after 1st Test against India
Joe Root & Co started the high-profile series with a bang. They were on top of the game during the first Test against India in Chennai. The visitors scored 578 in the first innings before restricting India to 337. In response, Indian bowlers made a great comeback by restricting the visitors to 178. The hosts were tasked to chase 420 at home.
However, England bowlers weaved the magic and reduced them to 192. As a result, they won the match by 227 runs at Chepauk Stadium to take a 1-0 lead in the series. England were dominant in all aspects of the game and beating India was quite an easy task in the series opener.
The Chepauk wicket assisted the spinners a lot. Dominic Bess, Jack Leach and Ravichandran Ashwin benefited a lot from the pitch.
Jofra Archer has harsh words to say on Chepauk pitch:
England fast bowler Jofra Archer provided a spectacular start in the first innings by getting rid of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. It was the only 2 wickets which he picked in the first innings. In the second innings, he took just 1 wicket by dismissing Jasprit Bumrah as England win the game.
Meanwhile, the Barbados-born fast bowler was critical of Chepauk pitch and termed it as the worst he has ever seen. “On the fifth day, it was probably the worst surface I’ve seen — its orange colour, bits missing, rough patches for the bowlers to aim at.
When we walked out in search of nine wickets on the fifth day, I was very hopeful we would complete the job — although these Indian players have big reputations and are at home, so should be able to cope with conditions better than anyone. So, I didn’t expect us to skittle them. Equally, I didn’t expect it to finish not long after afternoon drinks,” wrote the talented pacer in his column for the Daily Mail.
With three more games to be played, both teams will be working very hard to win games. Archer reckons that he can perform to the same level once again.
“There are only three days between Tests, and we use a rotation policy for the fast bowlers, but I have played back-to-back Tests before and, even though the heat can be taxing here, I know I can perform to the same level again,” concluded Archer.
In a shocking development, Archer has been ruled out of the second Test due to elbow pain. The fast bowler felt some discomfort in his right elbow and also got an injection.
England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed the news via press release. “Jofra Archer will miss England Men’s second Test against India in Chennai starting on Saturday after having an injection in his right elbow. The injection follows discomfort the fast bowler experienced during the 227-run win in the first Test at the same venue,” ECB said in a release.