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Jofra Archer needed just one match to make his mark in Test cricket, and the bruises aren’t about to fade any time soon.

The 24-year-old took five wickets in the match at Lord’s, the scene of his World Cup super over heroics last month, and set up the fall of plenty more with some of most ferocious fast bowling seen on these shores in more than 10 years.

Not since Freddie Flintoff have England been able to call upon a bowler who is able to produce such sustained spells of terrifying accuracy. Forget rib-ticklers, Archer was delivering face-thumpers on demand.

His spurt after lunch on Saturday – when he sent down three of the fastest overs ever recorded by an English bowler, including the fastest ever at an average speed of 92.79 miles per hour – were pure theatre.

The presence of the previously unflappable Steve Smith at the other end simply made it all the more engrossing.

Smith had already become the first player to score a 50 in seven consecutive Ashes innings earlier that morning, racking up more than 1,000 runs against England since the start of the previous series in Australia, when he was forced to retire hurt after being struck on the neck.

The fact he was still reeling from wearing one on the forearm a couple of overs before merely underlined the fact that there is nowhere to hide when Archer is steaming in.

Annoyingly, however, therein lies the problem for captain Joe Root.

Root has never had a bowler quite like Archer at his disposal. Not only does the rising star boast the ability to unsettle any batsman and a miserly economy rate, but his flowing action gives the impression that he could bowl all day.

Archer bowled 29 overs in the first innings at Lord’s – more than any other bowler in the match – and 15 more on the final day as England hunted the win.

It was noticeable towards the end of play on Sunday that he had lost a bit of pace, even if he was still hitting the bat at more than 85 miles per hour.

Archer joked about his heavy workload on Twitter after the game, but will clearly be eager to bowl as much as possible.

And, having flipped the momentum of the series by forcing Australia into an unexpected rearguard action despite only three-and-a-bit days of play being possible, Root will be keen to squeeze every last drop out of him.

But he and the rest of his leadership team must be careful not to overburden their new find, who has only just made a return from the side strain which threatened his World Cup campaign.

England have previous in overworking their young fast bowlers, with Steven Finn’s international career spluttering to a halt after being asked to do too much, too soon.

That is not to doubt Archer’s mental strength. So far he has tackled everything thrown at him with a smile on his face and a swagger in his step.

But this is Test cricket, after all, and it has the habit of chewing up and spitting out even the most talented of players.

As much as Root will hate to do so, he must manage Archer’s workload carefully in the coming weeks if he wants to get the very best out of him.

He must trust his other bowlers to get the job done when Archer needs a rest. Stuart Broad is among the world's most destructive when he gets it right, while both Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes are equally capable of taking important wickets.

If he does not, then this series will slip from his fingers as quickly as it has returned to his grasp.

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