Darren Gough backs Jofra Archer to become No.1 bowler in Test cricket after thrilling Ashes debut

Jofra Archer will rise to the very top of Test cricket and become the No.1 bowler in the world, former England cricketer Darren Gough predicts.

Archer set Lord’s alight on his Test debut against Australia, and his express pace has suddenly changed the dynamic of the entire Ashes series.

The tourists were forced to cling on for a draw in the second Test as Archer ripped through their top order on Sunday, while an epic duel with Steve Smith will go down in Ashes folklore.

Archer was too hot to handle for Australia

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Archer was too hot to handle for Australia

A frightening spell of bowling, which saw Archer reach a top speed of 96.1mph, culminated in Smith taking a brutal bouncer to the neck.

The blow has since ruled him out of the third Test due to concussion.

And Gough believes 24-year-old Archer has struck fear into the Aussies ahead of the Headingley clash, which gets under way tomorrow.

“He has no fear, no matter who he’s playing against,” said the Drivetime host. “He’s put a serious fear in a few batsmen’s minds.

“He’s made this series exciting; people all around the world wanted to watch that spell of bowling from Jofra Archer. He can ignite Test cricket.

“He’s the fastest bowler I’ve seen play for England, without a doubt.

“He’ll get to No.1 in the world if he carries on. I never left watching it on Friday. Normally, I’d watch a ball, turn away, have a drink. But when he’s bowling, you don’t miss a ball.

“Archer gives you something the others haven’t got: pure pace, pure hostility, and pure belief. I just love watching him.”

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