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England's Afra Archer of England strives for Coca-Cola ball before New Zealand Test cricket



England's Afra Archer of England says it has been a challenge adjusting the ball to Kokabura ahead of Thursday's first Test against New Zealand, but he hopes a slight pace from the surface of the Gulf of Mount Munganui will help level the playing field.

Archer made his Test debut in the Ashes series against Australia earlier this year, making 22 appearances in four matches and is England's leading scorer in New Zealand in the absence of injured James Anderson.

The two test series are Archer's first overseas tour and his main concern is the Australian-made ball, which has a far less pronounced seam than it used to.

"I've never bowled the red Cucaburas before, but I knew it was going to be tough and it turned out to be that way," he wrote in a column for the Daily Mail.

"People say there is a smaller seam than the Dukes ball we use in England, but I'm not sure it has a seam at all. Not pronounced on any part of the ball. It does not retain its luster and does not age very quickly. "

Archer is outlining his hopes for speed on the Maunganui mountain terrain after playing the "darkest" life of Vingarei in his last warm-up game in England.

"We have heard that conditions on Mount Maunganui can be more beneficial and there may be a bit more pace so … maybe something can be worked on," he added.

"When there is nothing in the terms of the offer, you have to try what you can. You have to be inventive here, which is one of the things we talked about as a group. "

One of the highlights of Ashes was Archer's battle with Australian Steve Smith, who robbed 774 races in four games despite suffering a concussion after being hit by a 24-year-old man alive.

Archer said England's sugar can expect to be tested by New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, the world's No. 3 tattoo.

"I didn't want to bow down to Steve Smith again any time soon after what happened last summer," he added. "But New Zealand has Kane Williamson who won't give you much.

"We're probably going to have to try a little bit of everything against him, though he plays pretty short."


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