‘I wouldn’t see him as England’s greatest threat’: South Africa coach Mark Boucher insists his side are not afraid of Jofra Archer
- South Africa were angry Jofra Archer was not banished from the England attack
- The England ace bowled successive ‘beamers’ to nightwatchman Anrich Nortje
- The hosts then went after him throughout the rest of the match successfully
- Archer was hit for six an over despite claiming a five-wicket haul in the first Test
Mark Boucher has dismissed Jofra Archer as ‘not England’s greatest threat’ and told South Africa to keep on targeting the England paceman after their first Test victory.
South Africa were angry Archer was not banished from the attack for bowling successive ‘beamers’ to nightwatchman Anrich Nortje during the second innings of England’s 107-run defeat and they went after him throughout the rest of the match, hitting him for four sixes.
First, Archer was hit for six an over despite claiming a five-wicket haul and then South Africa cranked up the pressure and aimed a few verbals at England’s new superstar during his short second innings with the bat.
South Africa were angry Jofra Archer was not banished from the attack for bowling beamers
Now South Africa coach Boucher wants his side to keep on testing Archer’s mettle, starting in the second Test in Cape Town on Friday.
‘I wouldn’t see him as England’s greatest threat,’ insisted the former South Africa keeper-batsman. ‘He’s a threat but there are quite a few other bowlers who are a threat in their line-up.
‘I think he’s got a spell in him that can really ruffle a few feathers. But at the time (in the second innings) we were in a position in the game to take him on a bit more.
Mark Boucher has dismissed fast-bowler Archer as ‘not England’s greatest threat’
‘We understand he’s a wicket taker, but I’ve always encouraged the batters to set up to score.
‘If there are scoring opportunities you need to take them. He was under a little bit of pressure because he was going for quite a few runs which meant we were getting momentum and getting ahead of the game. I’m pretty happy with the way we played him.’
South Africa are set to bring in Pieter Malan for the injured Aiden Markram in their only change for the second Test.