Michael Vaughan criticises Joe Roots use of Jofra Archer against Australia

Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith batted Australia into a commanding position on day one of the fourth Ashes Test (Picture: Getty)

Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes Joe Root made a mistake by not cutting short Jofra Archers first spell on the first morning of the fourth Ashes Test against Australia.

Archer unsettled a number of Australias batsmen with his pace and hostility at Lords and Headingley, taking 13 wickets and spearheading Roots new ball attack in the absence of James Anderson.

Stuart Broad made the early inroads at Old Trafford, removing David Warner for the fifth time in the series before trapping Marcus Harris LBW to leave the tourists struggling on 28-2.

England somewhat let Australia off the hook thereafter with Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne batting Australia into a commanding position, putting on 116 for the third wicket.

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In testing conditions, Archer struggled for rhythm early on and failed to clock the speeds he had been reaching earlier in the series.

Archer didnt bowl well, said Vaughan at the close.

I wonder if Joe Root needed to take him off earlier and say youre not bowling quick enough, and I need you to fire when Steve Smith gets out there.

Today was a day, on a pitch that weve seen is pretty flat, that you need your express and you need someone like Archer to crank it up.

Jofra Archer struggled to bowl upwards of 90mph on a testing first day at Old Trafford
Jofra Archer struggled to bowl upwards of 90mph on a testing first day at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

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