Australia star batsman David Warner praised England fast bowler Jofra Archer for his six-wicket haul on day one of the third Ashes Test.
Warner compared Archer to legendary South Africa pacer – Dale Steyn.
“Facing Jofra Archer is a bit like facing Dale Steyn with the new ball, using the conditions and then ramping it up when they need to,” said the Aussie left-hander.
“That was world class bowling at its best. They bowled unbelievably well, but as a batsman you have to stay in a positive mindset,” he added.
Playing just his second Test, Archer dominated the game, taking 6-45 as Australia went down from 2-136 to 179 all out.
Warner (61), who scored his first half-century of the series, fell prey to a gem of a delivery by the England quickie.
“It is flattering to be mentioned in the same breath as Dale Steyn,” Archer said. “He actually tweeted me when I first started playing for Sussex as well, so it is nice that someone who has taken so many wickets would think about me.”
It was skill rather than speed that helped the young pace sensation rip through the Australian batting line-up at Headingley.
“It is hard to say if I can bowl better than that. The conditions were bowler friendly, but you’ve still got to put it in the right areas to get the wickets.”
“I don’t need to run in and bowl at 90 miles an hour in every single innings either, and here it was a case of pitching it up and using the conditions. It wasn’t a short ball wicket,” the 24-year-old stated in the end.