I don’t need to bowl 90mph to get wickets: Jofra Archer


The pair put on 111 for the third wicket, a stand that saved Australia from slumping to a humiliating score at cloudy Headingley.

England's pacer Jofra Archer might just be a few matches old in global cricket, but the bowler has been primed by many as the newest sensation in the world of cricket.

Smith has been ruled out of Thursday's (today's) third Ashes Test at Headingley after being concussed by a Jofra Archer 92 miles per hour bouncer in the drawn second Test at Lord's.

Play at Yorkshire's first Ashes Test in a decade belatedly began at 12.10 but only four overs were possible before lunch, Archer striking at the very last moment.

Holding said he was anxious about Archer's heavy workload in the second Test, and the short interval between that and the present third Test, which were only three days.

It was his third successive fifty since being drafted in as world cricket's inaugural concussion substitute in place of Australia star batsman Steve Smith during the second innings of the drawn second Test at Lord's.

Archer's impeccable spell helped his side bowl Australia out for just 179 in their first inning.

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"Actually I was early but there was a one-way street so I ended having to park in the vehicle park behind the rugby field", Archer said.

Australia opener David Warner heaped praise on Marnus Labuschagne, who scored his second consecutive half-century, saying that the 25-year-old has got a lot of fight in him.

Six of the top seven who took to the field in that first innings capitulation, started at Headingley in the third Ashes Test.

The 30-year-old has remained in Leeds around the Australia camp and he took his first significant step towards a return to action prior to play on day three, facing throwdowns in the nets, performing shuttle runs on the outfield and throwing balls to fielding coach Brad Haddin.

He had to undergo two concussion tests out in the middle after twice being hit on the helmet by England bowlers.

Meanwhile, Archer said Warner's references to Steyn and former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc were "really flattering" even if his fast bowling heroes as a child were Caribbean greats.

"Today was about trying to negate that good ball and not get out to it", said Warner in what his and Smith's first Test series since they completed their 12-month bans for a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.