• Warner likens Archer to Steyn

    England fast bowler Jofra Archer felt humbled after being compared to South African veteran Dale Steyn by Australian batsman David Warner on Thursday.

    Warner was among Archer’s six dismissals on day one of the third Ashes series Test at Headingley in Leeds, where Australia were limited to 179 all out.

    The Barbados-born Archer had felled Australian batsman Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne with fierce bouncers during last week’s second Test at Lord’s in London. Labuschagne recovered, but a concussion consequently ruled Smith out of the Leeds match.

    ‘It is really nice, flattering really. Dale tweeted me a few years ago when I first started playing for Sussex,’ said Archer.

    ‘It is nice that someone who has played so many matches and has taken so many wickets would even think about me.’

    The left-handed Warner’s score of 61 was almost a third of Australia’s total. He struck seven fours during a 94-delivery stay, which ended a succession of four-single figure failures in the five-match series, so far.

    ‘They put the ball in the right areas. Archer] bowled at bit like Steyn. With the new ball he tried to use the conditions and then ramped it up when he needed to. It was world-class bowling at its best and England have a great prospect,’ added Warner.

    Steyn retired from Test cricket earlier this month, but will remain available for ODI and T20I selection.

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