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'Williamson could be as tough as Steve Smith to bowl at' – Archer
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'Williamson could be as tough as Steve Smith to bowl at' – Archer

England quick Jofra Archer says bowling to Kane Williamson in the upcoming series will be as tough as Smith in the Ashes.

Smith, currently ranked No 1 batsman in Test rankings, looked invincible in the Ashes, scoring 774 runs at a stellar average of 110.57. Archer’s sharp bouncer at Lord’s kept Smith out of the third Test but he couldn’t dismiss him once.

The Barbados born paceman has similar concerns with regards to Kane Williamson, who is another world class batsman.

"I didn't want to be bowling to Steve Smith again any time soon after what happened last summer," Archer wrote in his column for Dailymail.

"But New Zealand have Kane Williamson, who isn't going to give you much either. We're probably going to have to try a bit of everything against him, although he plays the short ball pretty well."

Archer also highlighted his experience of bowling with the Kookaburra ball. The major thing with Kookaburra ball is its seam flattens out pretty quickly, which can cause few difficulties for the quicks.

"I'd never bowled with the red Kookaburra before, but I knew it was going to be tough and so it proved," Archer wrote.

"People say it has a smaller seam than the Dukes ball we use in England but I'm not sure it has a seam at all. It isn't pronounced on any part of the ball. It doesn't hold its shine either and gets very old, very fast.

"One of the tactics we’ll be aiming for in the Tests is reverse-swing but that needs the pitch to be a bit abrasive and the surfaces we’ve had for the two practice matches have been far from that."

The Test series between England and New Zealand kicks off from November 21.