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Root feels Archer has 'a lot to learn' after ordinary bowling display in first Test
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Root feels Archer has 'a lot to learn' after ordinary bowling display in first Test

Joe Root says Jofra Archer has a lot to learn as England slumped to a massive innings defeat against New Zealand on Monday.

The England skipper also slammed his side’s shot selection in a weak batting display after England could only score 197 in the second innings to go 1-0 down in the two-match Test series.

Archer, who was a standout bowler for England in the Ashes with 22 wickets, could only get one wicket at Mount Maunganui.

Root said the Barbados born quick could take some pointers from Neil Wagner, who took a five-wicket haul in the second innings and a total of eight wickets.

"He's burst on to the international scene and he's done wonderful things for England and he'll do so many more wonderful things," Root said of Archer.

"But this is very new to him. He's got the Kookaburra ball which he's not bowled with before and he's never been to this part of the world and you have to perform in a certain way out here.

"He's got all the attributes that can be very successful and he's got to learn you've got to make sure every spell counts and you've got to run in and use that extra pace to your advantage."

Root praised Archer for putting in a lot of effort on a flat deck but said he could unleash himself a bit more – a skill which will come in with time.

"I can't fault his effort. Putting in the amount he has done this innings shows that he cares and he wants to really put in for this team," added Root.

"But I think there were certain spells where I think he can just unleash a little bit more and that will come with experience and time."

‘Not going to happen overnight’

England are searching to end their struggles on the overseas tours where they struggle to pick wickets while the batsmen haven’t been able to put up big scores.

Root alongside Silverwood are hoping to find the combination which might help them in reclaiming the Ashes in Australia in 2021-2022. There were talks of batting for longer periods while Archer was considered as an X-factor on foreign soil.

England started well, being 242 for four at the end of day one but couldn’t put up a sizeable total as their innings end on 353.

In response, New Zealand were left reeling at 127 for four but a masterclass from BJ Watling increased frustration for the visitors. England needed 262 to give New Zealand some target but they collapsed on 197.

"It's not going to happen overnight," said Root of England's tour of New Zealand.

"You can't fault the effort of the guys. It's obvious we want to play in a certain way which is very different to how we've had to play in our own conditions over the past couple of years and it's going to take time.

"We've got a couple of new guys in the team, some fresh faces at the start of their careers and they have to learn from these experiences."

"It's always tough when you play abroad," Root said.

"Bring it all together and we will become more consistent, we will score more runs more frequently and once we've seen ourselves do it a couple of times it will be a lot easier to do that consistently," he added.