Ashes 2019, Ben Stokes on Jofra Archer: Sky is the limit for him

Ben Stokes has sent a warning signal to the Aussies ahead of the third Ashes Test
Ashes 2019, Ben Stokes on Jofra Archer: Sky is the limit for him Ashes 2019, Ben Stokes on Jofra Archer: Sky is the limit for him
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes has warned Australia to expect more bouncers in the upcoming games of the Ashes series.

"It's part of the game and a big part of Jofra's game, being aggressive, not letting batsmen settle."

Jofra Archer, after a impressive performance in the ICC World Cup 2019 was handed over a Test cap in the second Ashes Test after James Anderson suffered an injury in the first Test.

Archer's fiery spell in the second Test at Lord's will be the talking points for days to come in spite of the game ending in a tame draw. He unsettled batsmen with his short-pitched deliveries and forced star batsmen Steve Smith to retire hurt midway during his innings and also miss the next Test due to concussion.

"Whether someone takes a nasty blow no bowler is going to say I'm not going to bowl that again because I'm not going to bowl that again because I don’t want to hit them again. The concern is always there when someone takes it, but next ball, when you get back to the mark, it's I'm going to keep doing it," Stokes said.

Smith's concussion substitute Marnus Labuschagne was also hit on the grill of his helmet by Archer.

"Everything is so rhythmical with Jofra it is tough to see when that bouncer is coming. He gives another dimension to our bowling attack. The first innings he bowled 29 overs but his last spell of eight was one of the best out and out fast bowling spells I have seen since I started playing."

"We've seen Mitchell Johnson do it to us, especially in 2013, but Jofra just makes it look so easy. I'd rather have him on my team than have to face him. He's a frightening talent. The sky is the limit for him and he's a great addition to our Test team." 

The next Ashes Test will commence at Headingley, Leeds on 22nd August. Australia lead the series 1-0 with three games to play.

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