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Archer finished with five wickets in the drawn game which saw Test cricket at its highest level. @ AFP

Jofra Archer announced himself to the world with hostile bowling on debut in the second Ashes 2019 Test at Lord s. Firing 92.4mph short deliveries put even the likes of Steve Smith in all sorts of discomfort that reminded fans of the famous Bodyline series.

Archer finished with five wickets in the drawn game which saw Test cricket at its best.

The 24-year-old Archer has been a revelation and certainly England s trump card in the series. One of the moments at Lord s was when an Archer bouncer felled Smith on the head which resulted in the former Australia captain retiring hurt on 80.


Australia faced a major blow on Tuesday with Smith ruled out of third Test at Headingley. Ahead of the match that gets underway on August 22, the tourists will have to do plenty of homework on how to tackle England s debutant.

Former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash has offered a few tips on how batsmen can negotiate the rising delivery from the Barbados-born pacer.

If you ve got a couple of people for company at short leg and leg slip, you don t really want to be getting your hands up too high when defending the short ball, because if it hits high on the bat it brings those fielders into play, Ramprakash wrote in his column for the Daily Mail on Tuesday.

The Australians could try not getting so far forward, allowing more time and flexibility to get out of the way of the short ones. It was a slightly different angle, but I remember AB de Villiers doing that to Mitchell Johnson when he was bowling very quickly, he said.

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Marnus Labuschagne, Smith s concussed substitute, too had to face chin music from Archer, who served up another brutal short ball just the second one that Labuschagne faced which struck the batsman flush on the helmet grill.

There are two ways of going with Jofra. Because he gets quite close to the stumps, his arm is very straight, and he is very similar to Shaun Pollock in that the short ball is not only very quick but on the money. So you can get across in the line of the ball, and then when it s short try to duck to allow it to go over your left shoulder, Ramprakash wrote.

The only problem with that is the ball does angle into the right-hander s body and that can cramp you for room. Conversely, you could stay on leg stump. This way you would have the ball more outside your eyeline. That s the way Robin Smith and Allan Lamb batted against West Indies. It allows you to cut whenever there is width outside off stump. Those two were very strong at that, even upper-cutting over the slips, he explained.