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Cricket: Jofra Archer reacts to India beating Australia ahead of England series

England star Jofra Archer was impressed by India’s Test series win in Australia (Picture: Getty)

Jofra Archer has hailed India’s performance in their recent Test series victory over Australia and praised England captain Joe Root following his heroics in Sri Lanka.

India overcame an injury crisis, the loss of captain Virat Kohli and a brilliant Australia pace attack to clinch a 2-1 series win and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Australia took a 1-0 lead after bowling India out for just 36 in Adelaide, but the tourists bounced back to win two of the next three Tests and pull off a stunning victory.

Archer is set to come up against India during England’s four-match Test series which starts next Friday and he insists he was impressed with their resolve in Australia.

‘Over in the Caribbean we got India’s series in Australia on cable TV, so I kept an eye on them,’ Archer wrote in a column for the Daily Mail.

‘Their 2-1 win showed that you cannot underestimate any of the leading teams in Test cricket, even when some of their best players are missing.

‘In fact, the one thing that impressed me most about India was that everyone in their team chipped in.

India stunned Australia to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy (Picture: Getty)

‘If it wasn’t the guy who performed well in the previous innings, it was someone else.’

England face India on the back of an impressive 2-0 series sweep in Sri Lanka. Captain Root scored 426 runs in his four innings against Sri Lanka, including a double century in the first Test and 186 in the second.

Archer said: ‘Joe is a player from the very highest bracket.

‘He didn’t have the form he would have liked last summer, but I am so glad he is back on the horse and running again because we are going to need him, especially on a tour as challenging as this one.

Joe Root was brilliant during England’s win in Sri Lanka (Picture: Getty)

‘For us, it’s great he has rediscovered his best at just the right time. I couldn’t watch the first Test in Sri Lanka because it was not broadcast in the Caribbean but I saw most of the second one after arriving in Chennai.

‘The biggest compliment I can pay him is that he played like a local. He adapted well and that’s what the best batters in the world do — adjust to conditions and thrive.

‘One of the big bonuses for us is that we have two subcontinent series back to back and he won’t have to change too much. He can just play the same way and hopefully continue where he left off.

‘It is much more difficult heading on tours one after the other and needing to adapt to different surfaces straight away.

Archer is excited for England’s Test series against India (Picture: Getty)

‘We will all be very happy if he continues in the same manner of the last few weeks.’

Root will make his 100th Test appearance in the series opener against India next week and Archer believes he can go on to reach another milestone for England.

The fast bowler added: ‘Our skipper is a great person and that’s what I believe makes him a good captain. He’s a really good man-manager.

‘To play 100 Tests is a lot of miles in the legs and just thinking about that many as a fast bowler hurts my back!

‘But it’s a great achievement for Joe. With where he is at in his career, and what he is capable of with the bat, I reckon he’s got another 50 caps to come – at the very least.’

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