Every profitable team wants a particular expertise and England tempo bowler Jofra Archer has the ‘X-factor’, former West Indies Twenty20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite has said.
England dropped Barbados-born Archer from the second take a look at towards West Indies after he breached COVID-19 bio-security protocols however the 25-year-old may return for the deciding take a look at beginning on Friday.
“There’s the traditional English way of doing it by the book, but all good teams need the X-factor. I think he brings that X-factor… Kevin Pietersen brought that X-factor,” Brathwaite advised the BBC.
“While you’re hoping that the majority of the team are 75% consistent and they do everything by the book — they are always early, they eat right, they do this and they do that — you do need that rogue.
“I’m not saying that he is that, but every team needs that rogue, that X-factor, that doesn’t play by the rules of the book and ‘do it my way’ type of character.”
Brathwaite said Archer had the potential to develop into a frontrunner like Ben Stokes, who captained the facet in the opening sport towards the West Indies in the absence of Joe Root.
Stokes has had his share of troubles off the pitch, lacking the 2017 Ashes series towards Australia after sustaining a hand damage in a brawl outdoors a Bristol nightclub earlier than being cleared of affray.
“If you think about it, Stokes not so long ago, was seen as that type of character. Now he’s seen as a leader,” Brathwaite added.
“If England can find a way to transform Jofra into the leader that Stokes has become, while keeping his X-factor on-field performance, then they are two serious cricketers to be contending with for the next five to 10 years.”