Archer's heroics give England's batsmen perfect platform at Headingley

Tanya Simon
August 24, 2019

With 378 runs from three innings, Smith has been a thorn in England's side but he missed out because of the effects of being struck on the neck by a delivery from Archer on Saturday.

The next blow was an even more grievous one to the English cause as captain Joe Root followed a golden duck in his previous outing at Lord's with a two-baller on his home ground.

Archer said: "I don't need to run in and bowl 90mph every spell to get wickets".

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

"I thought he was outstanding, his discipline was outstanding", Warner added.

"I think if we start well again [in England's] next innings, they might think, "Here we go again", so it's about creating that doubt in the mind".

"He seems to know where his off-stump is, he lets the ball go but doesn't allow the bowlers to dictate to him".

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Australia did manage one substantial stand in an innings that was finished inside 53 overs, with David Warner (61) and Marnus Labuschagne (74) putting on 111 for the third wicket. Archer, nevertheless, turned the tide by having Warner caught behind off a 90 miles per hour supply.

David Warner was one of Archer's six scalps, the controversial left-hander's exit starting the wobble that led to the tourists losing their last eight wickets for 43 runs.

He said: "That's incredible Test bowling".

'I look at him like Dale Steyn, searching for swing and movement early on but then ramping up their speed later.

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This was Warner's first double-figure score of the series after just 18 runs in four previous innings.

After a stunning debut in the second Ashes Test in which he troubled Steve Smith with his unplayable bouncers, all eyes were on Jofra Archer in the third Test match. This is Sussex, the county for whom Archer plays his domestic cricket, so I expected plenty of excitement in the two pubs in which I watched him do his thing.

'It is really nice, flattering really.

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