'He has made a massive impact' - Root pleased with Archer's debut
Joe Root reckons Jofra Archer has added a different dynamic to England's bowling lineup after the young pacer's dramatic Test debut that saw him deliver a memorable spell in the second Ashes game at Lord's.
Archer, who walked into the side in place of the injured James Anderson, registered five wickets across both innings including a riveting 3-32 in Australia's second innings on the final day of the drawn Test.
Archer's captivating display of lightning-quick bowling in a game badly affected by rain was more than just about stemming the flow of runs and generating a victory push but signaled the addition of an innovative component to England's pace bowling stocks.
England's bowling attack has often been perceived to lack an 'X factor' and the arrival of Archer lends a fearsome outlook to it.
The 24-year-old opted for a barrage of short balls to trouble the Australia batsmen with his deliveries frequently thudding against the helmets of the opposition players.
A sharp bouncer from Archer struck Steve Smith's unprotected neck leading to a delayed onset of concussion keeping him out of the final day of the Lord's Test.
Smith's concussion substitute - the first in cricket history - Marnus Labuschagne was also subject to hostile pace from Archer, whose short ball slammed into the grille of his helmet.
"He's come in and he really has made a massive impact, added a different dynamic to our bowling group and has given Australia something different to think about," said Root.
"It's really pleasing to see someone come in on Test debut and really shake up things and live up to the hype -– even some of the hype that he put on himself.
"He makes things happen when not many others in world cricket can. Such a unique action and way of bowling, and obviously natural pace, which is always going to be in the game on any surface."
'It makes for a tasty combination'
Root felt England's bowling line-up now contained more flavour with the induction of Archer into the mix.
"When you've got that and the skill of other guys around it, it makes for a tasty combination and I think that's one of the reasons why we always felt we were in the game tonight.
"It makes for a very interesting last three games."
Australia skipper Tim Paine also lauded Archer's bowling heroics and praised his ability to extract steep bounce.
"I thought Jofra bowled really well," said Paine.
"Guys bowling at that pace take time to get used to and Jofra bowls from quite a height. He gets steep bounce."
England's victory charge was halted by a resolute knock from Labuschagne, who top-scored with 59 in Australia's total of 154-6.
Labuschagne recovered well from the early blow by Archer and exhibited crisp strokes during his fluent innings.
But Root declared: "I thought that we threw everything at them there, gave ourselves a good amount of overs to try and create things and sometimes you need absolutely everything to go for you.
"Credit to Australia, they managed to hang on."