Archer’s men­ac­ing duel sets tone for Down Un­der

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Fifth Specsavers Ashes Test - By Nick Hoult

Jofra Archer streamed in, hit Matthew Wade with a string of bounc­ers and smiled men­ac­ingly at his op­po­nent in a piece of sport­ing the­atre that has set the tone for the next Ashes se­ries.

On hard, bouncy Aus­tralian pitches, Archer’s pace will be the point of dif­fer­ence Eng­land have lacked on pre­vi­ous Ashes tours when they have been out­gunned by the home at­tack.

Wade had dished out plenty of ver­bals to Archer and the Eng­land play­ers through­out the se­ries so he knew what was com­ing.

Archer was cer­tainly not go­ing to miss this last op­por­tu­nity for pay­back. He ramped his pace up to 95.6mph and struck Wade on the shoul­der as he pep­pered him with a se­ries of short balls.

Cru­cially though, he could not dis­miss Wade, who made a plucky hun­dred that, no­tably, Archer did not ap­plaud.

Archer was named man of the match for his six wick­ets in the first in­nings and fin­ished with 22 at 20.27 in four Tests hav­ing been un­fit for the first game at Edg­bas­ton, an­nounc­ing himself as a Test crick­eter af­ter a stun­ning World Cup.

“He has been fan­tas­tic to take two six-fors in four Tests,” Joe Root, the Eng­land cap­tain, said. “We saw with his spell here how he changed the whole at­mos­phere of the ground. It was in­cred­i­ble for some­one at the beginning of his ca­reer to have such a gift. He is en­ter­tain­ing and it is great to be able to cap­tain that. We are all look­ing for­ward to the rest of his jour­ney.

“When I first faced him in the nets against the red ball I was clear he was go­ing to be very spe­cial.

“We have got to be care­ful not to ex­pect too much. He is a young guy playing all three for­mats.

“I am still learn­ing how to get the best out of him as cap­tain but he is def­i­nitely go­ing to en­ter­tain and make things hap­pen.

“He will not al­ways bowl at 90mph but will still only go at two an over and cre­ate chances.”

Squar­ing up: Jofra Archer (right) gave Matthew Wade a tough time yesterday

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