Jofra Archer will continue with those bouncers: Ben Stokes

Ruben Hill
August 21, 2019

JUSTIN Langer is adamant this Ashes won't turn into a battle of the bouncers as it emerged Jofra Archer may have had retribution in mind when unleashing hell at Lord's.

In Archer - who returned match figures of 5-91 from a heavy workload of 44 overs - England have fresh optimism heading into the third Test at Headingley, with Smith's availability for an encounter that begins on Thursday in "serious doubt".

"Him missing the Headingley Test will be a massive loss for Australia".

"If he plays four test matches in a row that will test him out", Waugh said. Malcolm Marshall, whose skid-on missiles Archer has again made fashionable, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Courtney Walsh were fast and deadly accurate but they didn't hurl invectives, didn't remonstrate or sledge.

McGrath, who is writing a column for the BBC during the Ashes series, said that because Archer was such a natural, fast bowling came quite easy to him. Archer had Cameron Bancroft ducking, Usman Khawaja swaying, Tim Paine pulling only to see him return to the pavilion. After showing his class in the shorter formats, he impressed one and all with his stunning piece of bowling display in the Test format of the game, Meanwhile, Glenn McGrath showers words of praise on Jofra Archer. By the time the second Test ended at Lord's on Sunday with darkness enveloping the ground around 7.15 in the evening, Australia would have been both relieved and afraid - relieved that the scorchers were over and afraid of what might come in the matches that follow at Headingley, Old Trafford and The Oval.

And so the dynamics of the series have changed.

The rest of Australia's likely top six at Leeds, without Smith, boasts juts 50 Tests between them, and 24 come from Matthew Wade. "At the start of the week we wanted a big response and we have definitely done that", Root said. "It felt like we put them under huge pressure".

Smack it hit him just below the left ear, the cherry delivered at around 93mph, or almost 150kmph, and Smith fell flat - not a pretty sight, much like the time when Bert Oldfield was struck in the head by Harold Larwood during the Bodyline series.

All thanks to one man, predominantly.

"That with the skill of the others, makes for a tasty combo".

"I'm still backing Australia, of course". There's no "tell". He bowled a lot of them, but they don't seem to pick it up.

"He's very different to other options that we've had previously in this team, and on a different surface, which might nibble and swing a little bit more to add that into a quartet, it's a really big bonus for the team". I bowled in tandem with Brett Lee, who produced some fast, fiery spells. "We were laughing he was going to be top of the rankings after one Test". We are very lucky he is in our team.

Australia, however, are not panicking yet, despite being made to bat on their toes by the tearaway English pacer.

"We're here to win the Test match, not to see how many bruises we can give, that's not winning Test matches, trust me, you can't get out with a bruise on your arm. It's something every team want to have". It's up to us to make some plans and get better.

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