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Jofra Archer makes stunning Ashes claim

England fast bowler Jofra Archer has lit the fuse ahead of the fourth test at Old Trafford.
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England quick Jofra Archer has declared war on Australia ahead of the fourth test
England fast bowler Jofra Archer lit an fuse ahead of the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford, declaring Australia “panicked” at Headingley.

The Australians failed to capitalise on a number of chances late in the game as England pulled off a remarkable comeback to square the series at 1-1 heading to Manchester.

Archer told local media that the visitors will rue their missed opportunities. 

“The crowd started to get on their backs as well, I think they panicked a bit,” Archer said.

“They probably thought they were going to roll us if they got a few quick early wickets but they didn’t and I’m glad we showed some resistance because the series isn’t over and in the upcoming games I don’t think they’ll declare now.

“They got to the second new ball and still couldn’t bowl us out. All of those mental facts should sit with them next game.”

Australia will be buoyed by the inclusion of star batsman Steve Smith, who should recover from a concussion in time to take his place in the starting 11 at Old Trafford.

Smith, who will bat against Derbyshire for the first time since being hit on the neck by Archer at Lord’s, earlier this week refuted any talk the English quick had “the wood” on him.

“I’m not saying I won’t get him out, but if we don’t get him out there’s 10 other people we can get out, and if he’s stranded on 40 that’s not helping his team too much,” Archer said.

“He can’t do it all himself. We want to win the game. I’m not here to get caught up in a contest with one man. I want to win the Ashes.”

The remarkable win at Headingley means the Ashes sires is alive heading into the remaining two tests. England has to win at least one of these matches without Australia taking a test to regain the urn.

Archer said England’s come-from-nowhere victory would propel the home team for the rest of the series.

“It just shows our fight: no one rolled over and played dead, everyone wanted to win, even the No 11 was very keen to get stuck in,” he said.

“We got a taste of what is like to win from nowhere, so I guess we can take that on with us.”

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