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SportThe criticism Jofra Archer has received is so far wide of the mark

20:20  20 august  2019
20:20  20 august  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

'We've seen him at his fastest, they know what to expect': Tim Paine insists Australia are ready for an onslaught from Jofra Archer in second Ashes Test against England at Lord's

'We've seen him at his fastest, they know what to expect': Tim Paine insists Australia are ready for an onslaught from Jofra Archer in second Ashes Test against England at Lord's Tim Paine believes Australia have seen Jofra Archer at his fastest but admitted there will be occasions when the paceman will prove problematic. Archer is expected to make his much-anticipated Test debut for England at Lord's on Wednesday, fresh from a World Cup campaign in which he was the champions' leading wicket-taker with 20 scalps. Gallery - The 2019 Ashes: All the players (Photos) 1/30 SLIDES © Ryan Pierse/Getty Images The 71st Ashes Series between England and Australia takes place between Aug. 1 and Sept. 16, 2019, with the first of five Tests in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England.

While England have named an unchanged lineup, Australia have confirmed that they will be without premier batsman Steve Smith. The leading scorer of the series so far retired hurt during the first innings of the second Test at Lord’s last week after being struck on the head by a Jofra Archer

Smith has hit by a rapid Jofra Archer delivery (Photo by Jed Leicester/Getty Images). Speaking in his column for the i Newspaper, Mitchell Johnson said: “Some of the criticism of Archer and the way both he and some of his England team-mates reacted is so far wide of the mark I can hardly believe it.

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What a treat it has been to sit up in the ‘spaceship’ that is the Lord’s media centre and witness one of the best Ashes Test matches I’ve been involved in. I loved being able to soak up all that Lord’s provides in creating an atmosphere truly suited to the longer format.

You don’t get that as much as a player and it is incredible. The crowd rallied around England as they tried to make that final push on the last day. The disappointment at England not managing to deliver that decisive blow was palpable.

Joe Root looked the more forlorn of the two captains after the game, despite his team having played some great cricket to wrestle the game back. It’s clear now how much England have missed having someone bowling with genuine pace on a regular basis. The presence of Jofra Archer had an almost unquantifiable effect on England. They played with a swagger in the field that they haven’t had so far in this series.

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While England have named an unchanged lineup, Australia have confirmed that they will be without premier batsman Steve Smith. The leading scorer of the series so far retired hurt during the first innings of the second Test at Lord’s last week after being struck on the head by a Jofra Archer

Jofra Archer has been called up by England for the first time, but left out of the preliminary World Cup squad. Photograph: NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty “He’s excited by the prospect”, he added. So is Smith. However, Archer acknowledged on Wednesday afternoon that when he received Smith’s call

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There’s nothing like having someone of genuine pace to unsettle the best in the world. You could see that the Australian batsmen found it hard to cope, and if Archer can stay fit you would fully expect him to make a big impact.

However, I can’t help but feel that England will come away from Lord’s feeling more sore at the result than the Aussies. To get so close to pulling off what was a very unlikely victory will have drained England. I didn’t give them a hope at the start of the day.

Perhaps Joe Root and England could have made that chase more tempting to Australia. A target of 230 or 235 may have tempted them into having more of a crack at it, especially with their king pin, Steve Smith, not able to bat.

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One man team?

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On Smith, much has been made of Australia’s reliance on him. He’s far and away the best player on show, which is especially impressive in light of the abuse he’s received and the lack of runs from Australia’s top order.

England, however, now find themselves in a similar position in being so dependent on one man. Every time Jofra had the ball you could sense the expectation that something was about to happen

He was sensational but they have to be careful of expecting too much from him. He’s already had to play through injury this summer during the World Cup, and bowling 45 overs in an Ashes Test match at the speed of light takes everything out of you.

Placing a weight of expectation on him is a tough ask of a guy who is still fairly new to the big stage. One thing that may have opened his eyes is the dispute around his reaction to his blow to Smith’s head. For me, I just don’t think he knew how to react at that moment. To judge him without knowing the facts and on limited evidence is pretty poor.

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Jofra Archer bowled well in excess of 90mph at Lord’s (Getty Images). This 13ft wide house is going to be auctioned off for £150,000. But Archer is already the quickest England bowler of the modern era. Mark Wood, Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison and Steven Finn have all clocked deliveries around the 94-95mph mark .

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Bowling with pace and hostility doesn’t happen without the intent to do so. You need the desire to do it in order to go through all the pain that comes with bowling at extreme speeds. I can say with absolute honesty that I used to run in wanting to take the batsman’s head off when I was trying to bowl a bouncer.

That’s not me saying that I ever wanted to hurt anyone. It was simply a way to trick my mind and get up for the battle. When you’re confronted with someone with the class and control of Smith, sometimes trying to make him feel uncomfortable is the best way to get him out. It’s a tactic, and to accuse someone of not caring about hurting an opponent is low.

The one incident similar to Archer’s ball to Smith that I can recall from my playing days is when I hit South Africa’s Ryan McLaren in a Test. I bowled the ball aiming for his head, but when it struck and I knew I’d hurt him I got no pleasure from it at all. I went to every length to make sure that Ryan knew that I was asking after him and hoped he was OK.

Criticism is wide of the mark

The criticism Jofra Archer has received is so far wide of the mark © Reuters Cricket - Ashes 2019 - Second Test - England v Australia - Lord's Cricket Ground, London, Britain - August 16, 2019 England's Jofra Archer before the start of play Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Some of the criticism of Archer and the way both he and some of his England team-mates reacted is so far wide of the mark I can hardly believe it. How, from the footage available, any journalist can deduce that he didn’t care as much as he ‘should have done’ is beyond me. How do we know what went through his mind at that moment? We don’t.

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Archer will not live up to Johnson’s wicket-tally from the 2013-14 Ashes when he took 37 at 13.97, but finally England feel they have a player who can give Australia a taste of what it feels like to be “It’s part of the game and a big part of Jofra ’s game, being aggressive, not letting batsmen settle.

Jofra Archer has taken 24 wickets at an average of 31.37 in 17 List A matches. In the end, the Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes expressed similar feelings to Willey, even if they were keen All of the public talk from England has been how Archer has quietly integrated into the dressing room.

It’s unfortunate when players do get hit, especially when it’s to the head, given what took place in Australia with Phil Hughes in 2014. The thing to bear in mind is that batsmen put themselves up for these challenges, to be tested by the best in the world. Part of that is playing good, fast, short-pitched bowling and finding a way to counter it.

To lose it from the game would be a huge shame. It’s exciting to see a young, fast bowler run in and try to make one of the best players in the world uncomfortable. Taking away that part of the game would run the risk of killing some of Test cricket’s raw drama.

Whether Smith is cleared to play at Headingley or not, he’s already made a mark on this series.

Who knows, perhaps the battles between Smith and Archer will come to define this series? They are the two players that seem to be operating on a different plane.

The next instalment promises to be another enthralling game. England still have huge question marks over their batting.

Australia’s fast bowlers will keep coming at England. I can’t help but feel that depth in the bowling department will be what wins the Aussies the series.

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