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Stokes tips Archer to keep menacing Aussies

19th August 2019, 19:05 by Neil Foster

Ben Stokes has backed "frightening" Jofra Archer to keep bouncing out the Australia batsmen in the next three Ashes Tests.

Archer appears to have revitalised England's flagging Ashes hopes with a scintillating performance at Lord's and, although he could not get his side over the line, he has planted seeds of doubt in the opposition ranks.

Not only did he force Steve Smith to retire after hitting him on the head, he did the same to the former captain's concussion replacement Marnus Labuschagne who thankfully - like Smith - was all right.

Archer's rapid bowling has got fans on the edge of their seats and Stokes sees no reason why it will not continue.

"It's part of the game and a big part of Jofra's game, being aggressive, not letting batsmen settle," he told The Telegraph. "That bouncer of his is a huge asset and he's going to keep on doing it.

"He gives another dimension to our bowling attack and what we are able to do. The first innings he bowled 29 maybe 30 overs but his last spell of eight overs was one of the best out and out fast bowling spells I have seen since I started playing."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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