Jofra Archer Has Made David Warner His Funny: For cricket lovers all across the face of the planet, it has always been music to the ears when the cherry strikes the middle of the willow and then comes blaring the sweet pop sound. It feels more heavenly than Jimmy Page’s solo on The Stairway to Heaven and makes the audience go crazy more than they would be over an Al Pacino blockbuster.
Similarly, for bowling votaries, the sweetest sound is not when the ball strikes the middle of the bat but when it rages past the batsman to dismantle the timbre or take a thick edge and glide into the safe arms of the wicket-keeper. In one such clash of the titans that have been a paradise for the English fast bowler, Jofra Archer, it has seen two of the worlds greatest go toe-to-toe with each other.
In cricketing denominations, it is not labeled as a clash of the titans but an incredulous, interminable, and a grueling war between Australian opener David Warner and the aforementioned mean-machine, Jofra Archer.
The only time Warner has come up trumps in this unstated war is when he could garner a half-century in the first T-20 between these two sides before Archer bested him with an absolute pearler. Australia has already been down and out in the T-20 series after England took an unassailable lead in the first two games before Australia could save the blushes of a whitewash.
They started the ODI series on a strong note as they managed to wring out a 19-run victory in a closely contested thriller. However, the Barmy Army staged a strong comeback as they tamed Australia by 24 runs in another high-octane encounter.
Now with the final scheduled to be played out today, not only will it be a thrilling contest of nerve and character between two teams, but another unspoken contest between Warner and Archer will unfold at Emirates Old Trafford, where the Australian southpaw will be seeking redemption.
In the 11 innings that Warner has faced Archer, he has managed to rack up 57 runs from the 76 deliveries that he has played. Archer has claimed him a staggering seven times, which makes him number 7 in the list of the bowlers who have most frequently dismissed the hard-hitter. Stuart Broad aces this list against Warner’s most devastating woes.
We will quickly glance over at all those seven dismissals that Archer managed to claim in Warner’s dark past which may be perpetrated today again.
2nd Test Lord’s, 2nd Innings
Warner was batting at 5 when Jofra Archer let a length ball loose, tempting him to go for that drive. Failing to time his shot to perfection, he nicked the delivery that eventually turned into a thick outside edge, flying into the safe arms of Burns at gully.
3rd Test, Headingley, 1st Innings
The Australian was very comfortably set as he was batting at 61, trying to build momentum for the Australian side, when the inevitable happened. Clocking at 90 mph, he unleashed a straight delivery which kept low and compelled Warner to strike the ball as a miss would have rattled the stumps. In the process, when the ball left Warner’s bat, precisely its edge, Bairstow pouched it to pass a verdict of victory again to Archer.
5th Test, The Oval, 1st Innings
Another instance of brutal pace scalped Warner this time as in an attempt to swing the bat at a ball that flew like a tracer bullet past the bull, he ended up faintly nicking it with Bairstow impacting another dismissal. The umpire gave it a not out from initial review but DRS turned it over and Archer was all over the Australian southpaw.
1st T20, Ageas Bowl
Warner led the Australian revolution in the 1st T-20 as he was cruising at 58 when Jofra Archer astutely mapped his movement and bowled from around the wicket. The ball flicked his pads and barreled out on to the stumps to provide a tiny glimmer of hope for the English.
2nd T20, Ageas Bowl
Warner once again failed to deal with Archer’s brutal pace as this time a shorter delivery caught his glove before flying into the gloves of Jos Butler, making it 5 for Archer. Warner reviewed the decision but much to his dismay, it went against him.
1st ODI, Old Trafford
Jofra Archer claimed Warner this time with an absolute screamer as he hit the deck at 90 mph which swung lately to cannon through the defenses of Warner and clip the off-stump. The Australian opener had incredulity penned all over his face.
2nd ODI, Old Trafford
Another bodyline delivery from Jofra Archer, raging at 148 kays an hour flew straight at Warner, and the latter indecisive until the last moment ended up nicking it to Jos Butler, handing over complete ownership of himself to the English mean-machine.