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Ashes 2019: Shane Warne shares his thoughts about the contest between Steve Smith and Jofra Archer

The legendary Australian bowler Shane Warne is all excited to view the amazing content between two world-class players, Steve Smith and Jofra Archer. Both will face each other for the first time in the longer format of the game during the second test, scheduled for 14th Aug.

After a year-long ban, the Australian star batsman made a dream comeback in Test cricket, scoring 144 and 142 in the first game taking his team to victory.


The World Cup 2019 super-over hero, Jofra Archer is set to make his debut in test format. He missed the opening game of the tournament due to an injury. Jofra will replace pacer James Anderson who is undergoing rehabilitation program due to tightness to his right calf.

Smith and Jofra have faced each other in the nets as they both were a part of Rajasthan Royals squad during the Indian Premier League. Warne thinks that this should benefit the 24 years old speedster quoting, ” They will have faced each other a lot in the nets, so if anyone will have a plan, it will be Jofra.

Warne wants Smith to continue with his fantastic batting form but feels that Jofra might be able to stop him. “Obviously, I would love to see Steve go on and score a hundred in every single innings for the rest of the Ashes, but with Jofra coming in, I think he’ll be set to face his biggest challenge yet, and this could make the difference in the upcoming Tests“, he added.

The leg-spinner spoke highly of Jofra, believing that Jofra’s inclusion in the squad will benefit England. “No one likes to face tall 90-mph bowlers. The loss of Anderson was such a blow for England, and they will really need Jofra to step up, but I think he has all the attributes to do just that“, Warne concluded.

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