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David Warner on Jofra Archer: “I look at him like Dale Steyn, searching for swing and movement early but then ramping up the speed later. That is world-class bowling”

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England fast bowler Jofra Archer has said he is ‘over the moon’ after picking up his maiden five-wicket Test haul

England fast bowler Jofra Archer has said he is ‘over the moon’ after picking up his maiden five-wicket Test haul

Jofra Archer says his drop in pace from Lord’s was not down to fatigue after he ripped through Australia with 6-45 on day one of the third Ashes Test at Headingley.

Archer frequently topped 90mph in London last week, including when he struck Steve Smith on the neck and then felled his concussion replacement Marnus Labuschagne with a blow on the grille.

However, the England seamer bowled in the 80s at Headingley on Thursday as Australia collapsed from 136-2 to 179 all out and he completed a maiden international five-wicket haul.

“I wasn’t bowling slower because of (tiredness) left over from Lord’s,” Archer, who sent down 17.1 overs on day one in Leeds having bowled 44 across the Lord’s Test, told Sky Sports‘ Michael Holding.

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Archer razed Australia with 6-45 as the tourists collapsed from 136-2 to 179 all out

Archer razed Australia with 6-45 as the tourists collapsed from 136-2 to 179 all out

“It was a steep hill and I knew if I put the ball in good areas I would get wickets whether I was bowling at 80mph or 87mph.

“I am over the moon. I thought I bowled well at Lord’s but at Lord’s you can bowl a lot of good balls before you get your rewards so I am just glad I got the rewards here.

“It makes no difference to me how I bowl – I have a lot of options and depends a little on what the pitch is doing.”

“I’ll more than take 6-45 but I can be tidier in the future,” Archer, who is playing just his second Test, added at the end-of-day press conference.

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Archer had Pat Cummins given out caught behind as he completed his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests

Archer had Pat Cummins given out caught behind as he completed his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests

“It’s been really good so far, from the moment I’ve put the badge on. It’s been the happiest days of cricket so far and hopefully plenty more ahead.”

Australia batsman David Warner, who edged Archer behind after scoring 61, compared England’s new seam-bowling superstar to South Africa great Dale Steyn.

“He’s got pace and skill,” said Warner, who reached double figures for the first time in the series.

“I look at him like Dale Steyn, searching for swing and movement early on but then ramping up their speed later. That is world-class bowling and England have a great prospect.”

David Warner says Archer reminds him of Dale Steyn

David Warner says Archer reminds him of Dale Steyn

Warner played a number of false shots en route to his 30th Test fifty and a stand of 111 for the third wicket with Marnus Labuschagne (74) – Australia losing 8-43 once the opener fell to Archer.

“It was very challenging in that first half hour. I probably played and missed 35 times,” Warner added. “But that happens and a little bit of luck comes into it. You just have to work out how to survive.

“It’s disappointing [to be all out for 179] but they won the toss, bowled and had the conditions in their favour.

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Ricky Ponting and Michael Atherton look at how to play fast bowling after Archer’s blistering spells at Lord’s

Ricky Ponting and Michael Atherton look at how to play fast bowling after Archer’s blistering spells at Lord’s

“With the weather forecast, it might dry up the wicket so every run is crucial. We’d like to dismiss them for under 200 if possible.”

Watch day two of the third Ashes Test between England and Australia live on Sky Sports The Ashes (channel 404) from 10am on Friday.

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