Darren Gough. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
LONDON: England shouldn’t be overly reliant on categorical tempo within the subsequent two Tests towards West Indies and should take into account alternating Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, former fast Darren Gough has mentioned.
England opted for the categorical pace of Archer and Wood and the expertise of James Anderson in Southampton however misplaced by 4 wickets within the sequence opener.
“I’ve said from the start — rotate Archer and Wood,” Gough, who performed 58 Tests between 1994-2003, instructed Sky Sport Cricket.
“We got a bit carried away, seeing Wood bowl really quickly in South Africa. We’ve seen Archer do it, but it’s very hard to do it every single game.”
Gough mentioned England also needs to carry again Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes for the second Test, which begins on Thursday at Manchester’s Old Trafford.
“I would rest Wood and Anderson at Old Trafford and bring in Broad and Woakes,” Gough mentioned.
“That would be my plan then, with back-to-back Test matches, you bring Anderson and Wood back (for the third Test).”
Former captain Michael Vaughan mentioned it will be unfair to criticise Archer, who claimed three second-innings wickets in Southampton, for not bowling persistently in extra of 90 miles per hour.
“The body just doesn’t allow you to do it every single over that you bowl,” Vaughan instructed BBC Radio 5.
“But when you get that click, that six or seven overs where everything is in sync and you see the ball flying down at 90mph-plus causing chaos, that’s why you put Jofra Archer in your team.”