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Younis Khan singles out Jofra Archer as the major threat for Pakistan
Pakistan tour of England

Younis Khan singles out Jofra Archer as the major threat for Pakistan

Younis Khan believes fast-rising paceman Jofra Archer will be the most potent force to reckon with in the upcoming Test and T20I fixtures between Pakistan and England.

Pakistan is all set to put an end to their drought of competitive cricket by locking horns with England in three Tests and as many T20Is.

All the six matches, scheduled to commence at the end of next month, will be played behind closed doors with teams mandated to follow the health and safety protocols.

Younis referred to Archer's achievements in his nascent international career and praised the 25-year-old's ability to withstand pressure in critical situations.

He noted that Archer, who qualified to play for England last year, played a pivotal role in his side's triumphant World Cup campaign and the drawn Ashes series at home.

"He [Archer] is a real match-winner and a threat," Younis told AFP.

Archer was at the center of the drama that unfolded in the final moments of England's enthralling clash against New Zealand at Lord's to decide the World Cup winner. Archer was handed the ball for the crucial Super Over and ensured his team crossed the line in a sensational manner.

"Archer has strong nerves which he proved while bowling a crucial super over in the World Cup final," Younis claimed.

The Pakistan batting coach was also keen to draw attention to Archer's knack of sharply darting the ball in to the batsman. He felt the key to countering the youngster's challenging bowling was to modify one's technique and play on the back foot in order to offset his lethal in-swinger.

"He has bite in his bowling and his high arm action is very good and gives him nip in his bowling."

"There is hype around him so that can be an added pressure on him. I have told the batsmen to play close to the body and play on the back foot because his in-swinger can be very dangerous."

Younis, who scored a double ton at The Oval in his previous tour of England in 2016, spoke from his experience of playing Archer in a practice game four years ago but stated the Barbados-born cricketer was not at his best then.

"I remember playing him in the side game. He got five wickets in the match but was not on top of his bowling at the time like he is now."

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Refusing to get carried away with all the spotlight on Archer, Younis acknowledged the towering prowess of veteran duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad but warned the two could cease to be utterly effective in the absence of overcast conditions.

"Anderson and Broad have a wealth of experience. They are always a great pair. Whenever England have won they have the major share, but in August the weather will be dry and not very overcast so they can be handled properly."

From a batting perspective, Younis focused on the importance of getting enough runs on the board to allow the likes of Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Mohammad Abbas to try and torment the opposition.

"Pakistan need to score 300-350 in the first innings, in order to challenge England in bowling," Younis said.

"You face challenges in England as your technique as well as nerves are put to test. I am sure our team will be up to that task."