Stuart Broad has implored Jofra Archer not to panic despite enduring a difficult first overseas Test series.

Archer took two wickets at 104.50 as England slipped to a 1-0 defeat in New Zealand, but Broad believes his new-ball partner has still showcased his ability down under.

"He's never experienced anything like it," said the Nottinghamshire seamer.

"He's played a lot of first-class Division Two cricket with the games in fast-forward.

“He said at Mount Maunganui [venue for the first Test] that he'd never gone through a day without taking a wicket, but he's still so new to this level of cricket.

"He still judges himself on the wickets he takes but once he gets past 50 Tests he won't do that, he'll play on too many flat ones.

“You can't get a six-for every time you step on the field. Just lower your expectations.

“His economy rate has been really good. His areas have been great.”

Archer enjoyed a stellar first summer in the England setup, playing a vital role in his country’s first-ever Cricket World Cup triumph and taking 22 wickets in a drawn Ashes series.

But conditions in New Zealand have been less conducive to attacking cricket, with Broad himself only taking four wickets at 41.25.

"Sometimes, away from home, the game isn't played at the speed we're used to in England,” he continued.

“The excitement's not there, the pace isn't there and the nip's not there.

“These pitches are tough work to get wickets on. You can't expect to come and get five for 30 on pitches like this.

“I don't think the Kookaburra ball is Jofra’s best friend at the minute, but it will be when he realises that not every away pitch is like this.

“I'm just encouraging him to look forward to South Africa. That's a better place to bowl."


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