Saturday, 27 November 2021

Archer had advised batsmen to buy an extra helmet six years ago

LONDON: England’s new pace sensation, Jofra Archer made an impressive red-ball debut against Australia in the second Test of the ongoing Ashes series at Lord’s.

The right-arm venomous fast bowler displayed all the tricks of pace bowling, where he tested the Aussie batsmen with channel bowling and lethal bouncers with sheer pace up to 96 mph.

The 24-year-old pacer caught the in-form Steve Smith off guard with his venomous bouncers, one of which hit his forearm and the other struck him on his neck that forced him to retire hurt.

Marnus Labuschagne replaced the concussed Smith as the concussion substitute for the first time in history of Test cricket, but Archer also welcomed him with a firy short-pitched delivery that struck on his helmet’s grill.

He escaped unharmed, but he had to change his helmet. The Barbados-born English pacer had issued this warning back in 2013, six years before making his international debut, to keep an extra helmet in their kit when they face him.

It was not the first time he retired hurt a batsman, earlier in World Cup 2019, the right-arm fast bowler hit South Africa’s batting maestro Hashim Amla on the grill in just the second over of the game, which forced him to walk off.

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