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Thursday, 30 May 2019

Vicious Archer bouncer rattles Amla


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England paceman Jofra Archer forced Hashim Amla to retire hurt and picked up two wickets in a brutal opening spell against South Africa that justified his World Cup selection.

Archer, who forced his way into England's squad despite only playing the first of his three ODIs this month, had the Proteas on the back foot early in their pursuit of 312 for victory at The Oval.

His first victim was experienced batsman Amla, who walked from the field as a precaution after being struck in the helmet by a vicious bouncer.

That was just the beginning of the carnage, as Aiden Markram became the first wicket to fall when he edged another lifting delivery to Joe Root at slip.

Archer then completed his spell by luring South African skipper Faf Du Plessis into a short-pitched trap, having him caught at fine leg to leave his side 2-44 and another man down.

The 24-year-old is already repaying the faith of England selectors who not only picked him over the more experienced David Willey in the 15-man World Cup squad, but then omitted established spearhead Mark Wood in favour of Archer for the tournament opener.

England paceman Jofra Archer forced Hashim Amla to retire hurt and picked up two wickets in a brutal opening spell against South Africa that justified his World Cup selection.

Archer, who forced his way into England's squad despite only playing the first of his three ODIs this month, had the Proteas on the back foot early in their pursuit of 312 for victory at The Oval.

His first victim was experienced batsman Amla, who walked from the field as a precaution after being struck in the helmet by a vicious bouncer.

That was just the beginning of the carnage, as Aiden Markram became the first wicket to fall when he edged another lifting delivery to Joe Root at slip.

Archer then completed his spell by luring South African skipper Faf Du Plessis into a short-pitched trap, having him caught at fine leg to leave his side 2-44 and another man down.

The 24-year-old is already repaying the faith of England selectors who not only picked him over the more experienced David Willey in the 15-man World Cup squad, but then omitted established spearhead Mark Wood in favour of Archer for the tournament opener.

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