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Archer pocketed 22 wickets and rattled the likes of Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Wade in the Ashes 2019 as the series ended in a 2-2 draw. @ AFP

England captain Joe Root has advised the team management not to exert too much pressure on “special” talent Jofra Archer. The Barbados-born pacer has been impressive since making his international bow at the beginning this summer.

The 24-year-old took 20 wickets and bowled the Super Over in the final as England won the World Cup. He pocketed 22 wickets and rattled the likes of Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Wade in the Ashes 2019 as the series ended in a 2-2 draw. His 22 wickets included two six-wicket hauls.

“When I faced him in the nets against the red ball it was pretty clear he’d be something special,” Root was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

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“At times he might not always bowl at 90mph, but he will still go at 2.5 an over and create chances. Making sure we don’t expect him to average 12 over the next two-and-a-half years is important, but knowing he’s got that ability to turn a game on his own is exciting.

“One thing we can expect is he’s going entertain and he’s going to make things happen. He’s come in and been fantastic. He has a way of having a huge impact on the game. His spell [against Wade at The Oval] – you saw the way he changed the whole atmosphere at the ground.

“For someone right at the beginning of their career to have such a gift, it’s great to be able to captain that. I am very much looking forward to the rest of his journey.

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“We’ve got to be careful not to expect too much of him. He’s a young guy, he’s still learning and I’m still learning how to get the best out of him as a captain.”

Coach Trevor Bayliss, who leaves the side, feels Root should use Archer for short bursts in Test cricket. “It is a delicate one with Archer as he will obviously be in every team,” said the Australian.

“I know Root relied on him for longer spells in this series but going forward I think it might be about shorter spells of four or five overs.”