Southampton: Jofra Archer has warned it is “unrealistic” to expect him to bowl at 90mph every ball as he told critics the only opinions that interest him are those from within the England dressing room.
There were questions raised about Archer’s pace in the first Test against Pakistan, when he struggled to muster the ferocity that typified his entry into the international arena.
England are expected to keep faith with Archer for the second match in the series, which begins at Southampton’s Rose Bowl on Thursday (August 13).
Captain Joe Root has been supportive, predicting England “will continue to see very special things” from Archer as long as he continues to learn from the ups and downs in his career.
Archer would love to be bowling consistently at an intimidating speed, but he is more concerned with his overall development.
“I cannot get away from the fact there is always attention towards the pace I am producing,” Archer said in his Daily Mail column.
“From my perspective, I know I can bowl one or two 90mph deliveries a spell even when not everything is clicking, but to do it every ball, everything has to be working perfectly in unison and you have to be in that perfect, competitive mind frame.