Jofra Archer bouncer to Marnus Labuschagne: The English fast bowler was at his brutal best with the new ball in the second innings.
During the fifth day of the second Test of the ongoing 2019 Ashes series between England and Australia at Lord’s, England fast bowler Jofra Archer bowled a ferocious bouncer to Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne. The 91.6 mph delivery hit the batsman right on the grill of his helmet.
It all happened on the fourth delivery of the sixth over when Labuschagne had just walked in to bat in place of Usman Khawaja (2). For a first legal delivery, Archer’s bouncer was too much to handle for the right-hand batsman.
It is worth mentioning that the same would have been the case had it been some other batsman in place of Labuschagne. The fact that he has been included as injured Steve Smith’s replacement today itself speaks of how hard it would have been for him to cope with such a spell of fast bowling.
Chasing a 267-run target in the fourth innings, Australia have a daunting task in front of him despite them playing the last session of the match. With the visitors already losing three wickets and playing without Smith, they will have to put on display a lot of determination before they lose control of the situation.
At the time of writing this article, Labuschagne and co vice-captain Travis Head are battling it out in the middle.
Jofra Archer bouncer to Marnus Labuschagne:
— Paul Clayton (@riverside221) August 18, 2019
How Twitter reated:
Test cricket, hey? 😳
— #7Cricket (@7Cricket) August 18, 2019
— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) August 18, 2019
— Redders (@JamesRedwood32) August 18, 2019
Labuschagne taking this whole “like for like” Smith thing a little too literal for my liking. #Ashes
— Paddy Sweeney (@SweeneyPaddy9) August 18, 2019
Fucking welcome to the game Labuschagne #ENGvsAUS
— Tom Pickering (@Tommypickles8) August 18, 2019
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