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As long as my teammates are fine, really don't care what people are thinking – Jofra Archer
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As long as my teammates are fine, really don't care what people are thinking – Jofra Archer

England paceman Jofra Archer has criticised the "unrealistic" expectations surrounding him and focused on the need for an objective analysis on his bowling.

Archer, who shot to prominence following his heroics in England's 2019 World Cup win, has thus far failed to make a huge impact across the Test summer as he currently averages 36 in six innings against Pakistan and West Indies.

Having broken onto the scene owing to his menacing speeds, Archer's bowling of late seems to be lacking the bite that rewarded him during last year's Ashes series at home.

However, the young quick expressed his annoyance at being held to a higher standard compared to other pacers in the side and felt he was doing enough to threaten the opposition.

"My performance in Manchester was all right. I went at two runs per over for large spells and took four wickets," he wrote in a column for Daily Mail.

"If you were offered four wickets before every game, you would take it. Looking at the scorecard, four wickets was a decent return for a pacer.

"Of course, as an international cricketer your performances get analysed, although unfortunately, the analysis doesn't always account for what you have to go through as a fast bowler."

Archer's commitment to putting in the hard yards at the highest level has constantly been met with skepticism with critics pointing out the dearth of express pace in his spells.

Responding to this demand, Archer commented that it was not ideal to expect him to produce lightning fast snorters frequently.

"I cannot get away from the fact there is always attention towards the pace I am producing," he said.

"From my perspective, I know I can bowl one or two 90mph deliveries a spell even when not everything is clicking, but to do it every ball, everything has to be working perfectly in unison and you have to be in that perfect, competitive mind frame.

"People look back at my debut performance in the Ashes Test at Lord's last year and expect that kind of display everywhere, but it is unrealistic," Archer complained.

The topic of Archer's workload has been a rather contentious one with some suggesting England skipper Joe Root has been guilty of under-utilising the team's prized possession in recent games.

But Archer said he had the potential and stamina to bowl lengthy spells as was the case during the New Zealand tour.

"I wish there was more appreciation for what fast bowlers have to go through. There was excitement at the way I bowled against Australia, but no credit when I sent down 42 overs in an innings against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui.

"As long as Joe Root and my England team-mates are fine, I really don't care what other people are thinking."

Prior to being picked for the final West Indies Test last month, Archer alleged to have been subjected to racial abuse on social media for breaking bio-security protocols. He now claimed to be in a better head space with the past experience behind him.

"Sure, they can criticise my pace but this is the first set of cricket matches we have played since I got injured last winter.

"It can take some players longer than others to find their feet again and as long as the people in and around this circle are understanding - and it 100 per cent seems like they are - I am very happy and in a good head space."